Jon Stewart on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace”.

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**Update: The post has been updated with the unedited version of the interview.


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(Thanks to colbaby for the interview links)

9 thoughts on “Jon Stewart on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace”.

  1. Did Wallace really just show a clip from Pamela Anderson’s roast from 2005 as a way of discrediting Stewart? Did that just happen? Someone needs a lesson in the art of “roll 212.”

    That was much more heated than I was expecting based on Wallace’s appearances on TDS. The whole tone became much more serious, and understandably so, with the Amos and Andy remark. It amazes me how Jon is repeatedly made to answer for the “bias” of TDS and Comedy Central. I think he summed it up nicely with: “The embarrassment is that I’m given credibility in this world because of the disappointment the public has in what the news media does.” What he does is not journalism, but at the end of the day, he does a far better job of dissecting the issues of the day and educating his audience than really any of the major news outlets. Which is at once both deeply worrying and kinda funny. But mostly worrying.

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  2. It always slightly aggravates me that various pundits will tell Jon that he’s not making sense when he’s explaining himself, because he could not make his case any clearer. He understands his place in media very well and he’s very well-spoken, so I don’t know what they’re hearing.

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  3. I have never seen Jon Stewart flinch when presented with a tough question in an interview and he certainly didn’t flinch here. He’s so straightforward and honest that one wonders how Chris Wallace can say with a straight face that, “I’m just trying to get you.” I wonder if Chris Wallace understands what satire is. The fact that Chris Wallace can honestly overlook the corruption at Fox News is unbelievable. Look at the fact that they hire former and prospective presidential candidates to tout their points of view. When did the so-called mainstream media ever hire a presidential candidate to be an opinion-maker? Am I missing something? Was Anderson Cooper running when I wasn’t looking? I thought Jon did an outstanding job during this interview. He’s remarkably clear headed and erudite. And funny. Come to think of it, how do we really know that the person interviewing Jon in this interview wasn’t really “Stephen” in costume and makeup? I think if it had been, “Stephen” might have said exactly the same things that Chris Wallace said. Only it would have been more interesting. And funnier. And sexier. No, it couldn’t have been “Stephen.” “Stephen” wears an expensive suit better.

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  4. A couple of things irritated me about this interview, but most of my irritation was targeted at the fact that Fox couldn’t take a joke if it killed them. This may be more personal because jokes couldn’t fly in my house if it were fueled up and ready for take-off, but still. Also, Fox tries too hard to find a bias in organizations that have anything to do with news, even when it’s a COMEDY show. Comedy shouldn’t really be taken as seriously as they take it. They need to focus less of their energy on trying to slam everyone for “liberal” bias and more on some cold-hard facts and true journalism. But, of course, hell will face some “climate change” before that happens.
    On a lighter note, I still enjoyed the interview, and I commend Jon for being pretty darn chill throughout the whole thing. Well done sir, well done.

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  5. I disagree that Fox “News” & Chris Wallace don’t get satire or jokes. I think they get it & they know they’re the target and that Jon nails them every time. And they don’t like it. So Wallace did everything he could to discredit and dismiss Jon (Like implying Jon’s a racist) in front of his audience so they wouldn’t have to think seriously about Jon or anything he says. That’s way the best (and most heated) moment was when Jon called him on it. Then lacerated Wallace with: “You can’t understand, because of the world you live in, that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change because that’s the soup you swim in. And I appreciate that, I understand it. It reminds me of ideological regimes, they can’t understand that there is free media other places because they receive marching orders.” This was Jon at his finest.

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    • Agreed. Oh, I realize that Chris Wallace gets the dictionary definition of satire, I just think he has selective attention when it comes to finding it funny. It was Jon at his finest, indeed. I must admit, the revelation that Jon voted for the first George Bush did take me aback, but I can deal with that given that the mere fact of it is proof that Jon doesn’t have a political agenda. I had to laugh when Wallace said he thinks Jon wants to be a “political player.” Is he serious? That is the LAST thing he’d ever want to be. Did Wallace not do his research? Had he ever seen the Rally to Restore Sanity? It’s “Sanity,” not political power that Jon Stewart would seem to be interested in. Sanity, and humor!

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