Last night Jon Stewart took on two media giants, 60 Minutes and Time Magazine in a segment he called “Meh Culpa” over recent stories which made them look more like tabloids than real news outlets. In the case of 60 Minutes, of course it was Lara Logan’s Benghazi story which aired last month and required a retraction on this week’s show. Time’s faux pas was a story they did on Chris Christie which referred to the New Jersey Governor as “fat”.
First on Jon’s chopping block was 60 Minutes, which he pointed out is an American institution.
“Last month it looked like 60 Minutes had done it again, scoring an explosive interview with an eye-witness to the terrible events in Benghazi.”
He goes on to say that the piece was a “chilling account” of what went wrong and how ill prepared we were for the events that took place that night.
“There was one small problem,” he said, “It was total bull***t, he made the whole [bleep] thing up.”
He goes on to say that “60 Minutes sort of acknowledged [it] Sunday night.”
Lara Logan’s opening remarks in which she said that after the show aired questions arose as to whether or not the account given by Dylan Davies was true, to which Jon adds, “We thought about raising the ‘is this true’ question before airing these explosive allegations but it’s such a pain in the a** to check and what if it was bull***t and then we’ve got these ten minutes to kill — I don’t know.”
As Stewart points out the best part was how they found out — by learning that the account given to the FBI by Davies was different from the one that he gave to 60 Minutes.
“If you cannot trust an international mercenary existing in the netherworld,” he said, “twist assassin and bounty hunter, whose very livelihood is predicated on the flexible morality needed to survive in the chaos and lawlessness in failed nations, I mean, who can you trust?”
He then goes on to say that 60 Minutes was not the only victim in this debacle, it also victimized poor Lindsey Graham as well, he has been holding up Presidential appointments using the report as justification for his actions, “Explaining that the FBI reports will vindicate him.”
Next up was Time which he says, unlike 60 Minutes has refused to admit any wrongdoing in their piece on Chris Christie titled, “The Elephant In The Room.”
“Oh I get it because he’s large,” Stewart laughs, “He’s a large man, that must have given your readers a good laugh, whether they encountered your magazine while waiting to see a gastroenterologist or using their grandparents’ bathroom.”
He says that the magazine should be given credit for “toning down the original cover” whereupon a graphic of a mock Time cover flashes behind him with the same profile of Christie and the headline, “The Fat F**k.”
He mocks them for not acknowledging that the cover could be seen as offensive saying, “All we did was blow up a giant image of his head, lips agape like waiting to be hot dogged, and we juxtaposed that with the idea of the largest land mammal in the existence.”
Going on with a series of sound bites all of which remark on his girth but which are meant to be a defense of the title and imagery on the cover as not being about his size Jon once again jumps in shouting, “You’re still zinging the guy! That’s not an apology, you’re doubling down on him, I mean he’s a huge — he’s a gigantic figure in the — his influence is comically oversize — he is, he is morbidly important.”
Telling Time and its defenders that “two can play that game,” he says that the cover of The Daily Show this week is about, “How Time processes information, digests it and then leaves its insights to its readers to pick through.”
Display the graphic of another mock cover, this time of the Daily Show ‘magazine’ reading, “Time Magazine is a Pile of S*!t,” as he shouts into the camera, “It’s a figure of speech!”
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