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The Daily Show vs. Fox News: Why Won’t Fox Fight Back?

During this whole “Ground Zero mosque” scandal, it’s not surprising that The Daily Show is by far the most insightful media commenter—that’s not new information. It’s also not surprising that The Daily Show, in the wake of Fox News going bat-shit crazy, has shifted its content to almost daily takedowns of what Rupert Murdoch’s “news” organization is up to. Because Fox News is, in fact, bat-shit crazy.

But the other night, The Daily Show presented a segment that blew me away. Fox News hasn’t let up on the proposed mosque’s financiers and their questionable ties. But when The Daily Show discovered that not only are those financiers the same ones behind Fox News itself, Fox News didn’t even report on the matter at hand. Here’s the brilliance:



In the face of all this information, you’d think the folks at Fox News would want to defend themselves against Stewart’s segment. After all, they’ve taken pot shots at the man before over far less important things. And though the attacks have been mostly about, well, pot—and the amount Bill O’Reilly perceives Stewart’s fan base to smoke—at least they've spoken up. And this mosque business is some pretty serious stuff The Daily Show is bringing up.

So why the radio silence? There are four possible scenarios I can figure out:

1) Fox News doesn’t consider The Daily Show to be a legitimate source of anything. After all, Stewart and all his correspondents have repeatedly said they’re not journalists and that it’s simply a comedy show. BUT… Why would Fox acknowledge the show at all, then? It’s been brought up before.

2) Jon Stewart was exactly right. Fox News didn’t reveal the financiers because they deliberately wanted to peddle a guttural narrative to lure people down a rabbit hole of misinformation and fear-mongering. BUT… The radio silence is deafening. It's sad that not more people will see that Daily Show clip. I mean, it’s almost at a million hits, but that’s super small potatoes.

3) Fox News doesn’t want to get into a tete-a-tete with The Daily Show because they’re going to get smacked down. BUT… This little ol’ comedy show has Fox News scared? Geez, whatever happened to media outlets making sure their facts are air-tight? If things were in order, then they’d have nothing to fear.

4) Fox News was the comedy show all along. BUT… I’m still going to punch a wall.

What do you think?

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SluggyWB, I think that's why xixamdeira put news in quotes.
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xixamadeira said: Fox news = "news", daily show = comedy.



Half true, the daily show is comedy. No one will argue with that but Fox news = news ?



LOL
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There is nothing "news" about fox News. It is pretty much all right wing commentary and deserved to be called what it really is. The fact that Murdoch's organization contributed so much money to the Republican Governor's fund shows exactly where their alliance stands. Fox "News" should be sued for false advertising. Go get 'em, John!
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OMG the daily show is NOT REAL NEWS!!!!!!!!!! People keep comparing daily show with fox news and how they do things different. They have nothing to with each other. Fox news "report" the news with their own narrative, the daily show does comedy around current news and how its reported. Get it? Fox news = "news", daily show = comedy. It just happens that it's easier to make fun if fox news with them saying one thing one moment and another the next. The daily show is mostly a liberal show but that hasn't stopped them from making fun of democrats and liberal news shows. If any fox news zombies watched daily show regularly they notice that. Some people show really look up the meaning of "editing".
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To what's his name who called me a republican and laughed, I actually watch about three hours of news programs a day, only one of which is on FoxNews. Glenn Beck, ABC World News, my local news, and stories I find online. If it's a big story, they all cover it, and they all have different view points. But I like to get a well rounded idea of what's going on. But to defend FoxNews, or at least Glenn Beck, he backs his opinions up with tons of facts, unedited video, experts, and common sense. What does Jon Stewart have?
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Well, at least we're pretty safe from seeing Murdoch buy up Comedy Central and change its opinions manually, like he's done so many times in the past. We're not going to see a News Corp/Viacom merger any time soon, at least until Murdoch gets our anti-trust laws repealed.
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I used to be a big fan of the Daily Show. However, I refuse to watch it any longer because I grew tired of Stewart's harping on the same subject night after night. It's one thing to poke fun at something, but Stewart has crossed the line on what he terms "comedy." He should give it a rest.
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you can skew facts, you can stretch them, masage them, and out right lie about them. You must get your facts first, then you're welcome to distort them as you please.
Fox doesn't need to respond to the daily show. the daily show is just the liberal representation of the conservative fox, the difference is they present themselves as a joke, while fox presents itself as a reputable news service. Which it is. Opinion has been added into journalistic fact since forever. Go check out edward r murrow or walter cronkite. neither of whom would be conservatives, both mainstays in their fields, and both continuously brought their feelings or opinions into otherwise hard, solid fact. Nobody in news wants bullet form points of what happened. Opinion and fact go hand in hand, for you build your opinion around facts... facts serve a use, this is to fuel opinion. This said, are people still standing around watching jon stewart berate conservatives, while not doing anything constructive to remedy any of the situation? Pointing and laughing does nothing but draw lines in the sand. Fox might have their opinion, and it might differ from yours, but they don't resort to name calling or childish editing of video or quotes... when you don't need to. They edit things to fit their own narrative better, while insulting fox's narrative. I have been watching fox news, and then later that week the daily show has berated what I watched live, and that is SO not what the intended meaning or interpretation was. Democrates, liberals, even worse than conversatives or republicans.
(canadian politics are no where near this fun :P)
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So many people confuse fact and opinion nowadays, like Nikku76. If I present something that's true, with documentation, it's not "my opinion". It's fact. The segment Stewart aired is an objective fact regarding the link between the mosque and FOX, not an opinion. This relates to Colbert's "truthy". A percentage of the population are quite happy today believing they get to define their own reality and we have to respect it. Just because your "reality" isn't factual, please don't label all descriptions of reality as "opinion". The scenario that explains the silence is evidenced by SciFiGroupie. A group of people have been brainwashed into believing that every entity other than FOX news is part of some conspiracy... MSNBC, the President, the dictionary... it's all out to get them. That which isn't part of the conspiracy is, by definition, those that tell that what they want to hear. These people don't watch the Daily Show or anything else that might expose them to alternate interpretations. If FOX addressed this issue, it would bring the issue to the attention of the 99.5% of their viewers who watch nothing else. They can't have that.



Perhaps the solution is for people to refer to them as Foxque news (FOX + Mosque) and when those with blinders on ask why, they'll be exposed to the details behind Stewart's report.
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Oh god Am i the only that just read SciFiGroupie's comment in Louis' voice
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You missed the most obvious and accurate reason; Fox news sees Jon Stewart for what he really is, a intellectual midget preaching to a tiny and insignificant number of people of the same ilk. Getting into a pissing match with him would only give him exposure and legitimacy that he neither warrants nor has earned. Stewart, Maher, Olbermann, Madow, Shultz etc .. they're all the same - nobodies who have a platform for no other reason than the industry practice of forced bundling that extracts forced subsidizes from cable subscribers who will never watch them. They are all trying to leech off Fox News success by appearing to take them on with lies and half-truths and Fox news wisely keeps them in their rightful place by ignoring them. If you believe anything Jon Stewart say, you're a moron.
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Jon Steward owned Fox News.
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I think you all are nuts...I don't trust you journalists on air or in print!...Is the person with the last word ...right..Nope. you all lie
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Beautiful. The podcast Left, Right and Center with Brit Tony Blankley had a pretty good segment on this this week, as well.
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Also, super big LOL at the censorship of comments, which funny enough prevents directly quoting the article. That says more about double-standards and hypocrisy than I ever could...
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I sometimes wonder about the qualifications of the writers on this site. Seriously, in an article about a news network\'s lack of professionalism and \'insane\' bias, you make statements such as to say something is \"in fact, **** crazy\". That\'s not ridiculously biased at all. Naw. And it\'s certainly not forcing an opinion down anyone\'s throat in such a way as if to say there is no argument. It\'s certainly not forming fact from opinion. And I don\'t even like Fox News. LOL, I don\'t know which is worse... being surrounded by conservatives in real life or all the hardcore liberal bullshi+ on the interwebs.
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@JJGSoldier: "defenitely 1. WHAT HAVE THE MUSLIMS DO TO DESERVE THIS? KILLING 3000 INNOCENT PEOPLE FOR NO REASON? THEY HAVE PLENTY OF MOSKS. ITS A F U SIGN TO AMERICA AND KNOW IM AM NOT BAT SH** CRAZY." yes you are bat sh** crazy, 9/11 was caused by a small group made up by crazy insane ppl with distorted views of Islam, just because they were muslim doesn't mean all muslims are terrorists. plus who the f are you to say if they have plenty of anything. The point of the daily show is the same person who is funding the community center is also a major owner of Fox News, ergo, Fox News being hypocrites, liars and fear mongers.
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@Lurking: @"Fox News is simply asking if it is wise to build a mosque there." Yeah, right! Before you tell other to update themself on the debate before commenting, you should update YOURSELF and watch the clip above (and the other "daily show"-clip of this week) where you can clearly see that Fox "News" tries to defame the mosque’s financiers as terrorists.
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Also not to start a war or whatever but aren't people supposed to have/ value freedom of religion and tolerance down there?
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I am a Canadian but love the Daily show and love how much more accurate it is than Fox which I absolutely cannot stand go Jon that's all I can say!
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More likely than Fox writers being "stupid", they presume the majority of Americans are too "stupid" or too "lazy" or so enthralled with their network that they have no other news source, and will, therefore, remain ignorant of the truth. Great show; aims the truth at the public at large; hope it hits home.
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@jaysturt: Nobody (intelligent) is debating whether it is legal. Even Fox News says so. Fox News is simply asking if it is wise to build a mosque there. Update yourself on the debate before commenting and getting all uppity. "Read the constitution" is an awful way to argue: the way it is interpreted is different for different people, even federal judges.
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@JJGSoldier: IT'S PRIVATE F*CKING PROPERTY! Anyway. You are identifying the people who planned the attack of 9/11 to be a part of Islam. THEY'RE NOT! THEY'RE CRAZY! If you're a Christian, think of them as the people who use the Bible as an excuse to kill people, they're not really Christian. The other 2 BILLION people who identify themselves as Muslim look down upon them. It's a free country and they are WELL within their rights to build a mosque wherever they want. Read the constitution. This whole debate is absolutely ridiculous.
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What is not to love about Jon Stewart and his crew at The Daily Show!! Spot on!! Wish it was an hour long show!!
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JJGSoldier, it's "Mosques", not "Mosks".
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There is NO WAY on God's Green Earth that the folks at FakeNews are unaware of Jon Stewart's piece from this past week. To those who think they don't monitor his comments, that is a very naive opinion. Whenever they find even the smallest inaccuracy in what Stewart has said, they jump all over it to discredit this "New York elitist leftie". Since they haven't said a peep about this revelation (as far as I'm aware), then they've realized just how foolish they'e been acting. Not that they'll stop acting foolishly, mind you...
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FOX won't fight back when it is about their mis-dealings because it would be a confession on their part. They are paranoid tyrants that like to manipulate the majority of the American public. Just astounds me how many dummies there must be down south. How could anyone believe a word spoken on that news station. It is like Hitler's propaganda machine for the 21st century.
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At the most basic level, FoxNews will not respond to Jon Stewart because the vast majority of FoxNews-viewers do not watch The Daily Show, and are still blissfully unaware of the hypocrisy. Were FoxNews to respond on air, then they would have to mention the "perceived" hypocrisy, and this might affect their rating (might... not likely, but might). Add to this the fact the FoxNews' viewership is much larger than The Daily Show's and there is little reason to respond. Oh, yeah. How the h-e-double-hockey-sticks can they respond? Unless they somehow can come up with another shady "Islamic" financier to say, "No folks, we weren't talking about that guy, we're talking about _this_ guy!" they really don't have a leg to stand on. In this simple analysis, there really is no positives to be gained from FoxNews even acknowledging Jon Stewart in any way shape or form. Sad, but true.
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Always insightful, Jon Stewart is actually at his best when he is dead serious. OK, there were a few comic jabs, but this was not his usual comic jab...this was, underneath it all, a dead-on, dead serious POV. Whether you agree with him or not, you can't but acknowledge that he finds both sides of the story...and there are ALWAYS two sides...and that's what makes him one of the few sane, focused citizens left. Or right, as the case may be...
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Faux News doesn't have the stones to take on TDS. They tried some years ago with "The Half Hour News" a similar format Satire news program with a republican slant that failed miserably. As long as Faux skewes the truth, Jon Stewart will be there to shine a spotlight of there Bulldunk.
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In a fight with The Daily Show, Fox News would lose in all of 3 seconds.
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lol fatfreeoreos must be replubican to be defending fox news. ahahaha
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I think fox news are scared out of their pans, they don't know how to respond when they are hit with facts. Way to make them hide their heads behind their tails Jon, you made my day:)
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@osdawaya16: That's not how it works. If one news outlet is being deliberately douchier than the rest, it's fair to report that they are worse than the rest. You don't need to call everybody out to be unbiased. @DaVulture: Doesn't the show already have one? I'm pretty sure they got one for one of the early Indecisions. @fatfreeoreos: I kind of hope all of that was sarcasm. Anyhow, how is it ridiculous? The consensus is that it is kind of healthy when the court jester calls out that the really serious people running the country (or trying to form the media) are being very stupid. In fact, that is the *point* of the court jester.
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Jon Stewart should win a Peabody award.
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While this is certainly embarrassing for Fox News this commentary doesn't really change what the story is about. Even if I take money from the mob I can still say the mob is full of bad people. While it makes you a hypocrite it doesn't necessarily make you wrong or did I miss something here?
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WTFever. I watch Glenn Beck on Fox News, but not the rest. He's sane. Jon Stewart is a comedian and I think it's ridiculous for them to go after a news network night after night. Doesn't he have any other material?
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this was amazing! btw i love how fox news says beware of the mass media but they are apparently the number 1 news source in this country. they are literally telling their own viewers not to watch them and yet there following is too dumb to notice
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I purpose that Jon Stewart and Comedy Central are now the real news and Fox is just a poser. Caught with their pants down they were. I agree with Evil and Stupid. Hey that could be their new slogan. Fox News wholly evil and stupid. It fits mate. Someone over there at Fox forgot the first rule of journalism. Get your facts straight.
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Jon Stewart and his little Comedy Central show is just the "David" the world needs to finally put down the Faux News "Goliath". My hat goes off to his research team who manages to track down every last bit of contradictory nonsense that the knuckleheads at Fox have ever spewed out and then strings them together to demonstrate just how hypocritical they really are. They honestly deserve a Pultizer Prize for investigative journalism, given the sheer volume of raw material they have to sift through to shine the light of day on all of Fox New's lies.
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fox news has finally met their match. jon will make them his bi**h
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And its the writers of the show who are brilliant!!!!!
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Yes, it is a Comedy show, BUT it does report facts, and it just shows how ridiculous We, as a people and government really are!
I mean, they poke fun thru facts!!!!!! The clips of out distinguished elected officials is downright embarrassing!
If I was another copuntry, why would I want a government like ours with people running it like ours????

The Daily Show is more political intune and right on then the others combined!
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"We make our own reality" Fox News knows what its audience wants to hear, and it isn't rational debate, or facts. They just want to hear how the evil Democrats are in league with the evil (fill-in-the-blank) to destroy America... so that's what Fox delivers. The people who watch Comedy Central want to see something funny, so that's what Comedy Central delivers.
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I get that you're free to believe what you want and to share your opinions, but for those of us who'd like to come online to fun sites like these in order to escape from the idiocy of the two feuding parties, I'd really appreciate it if the TV.com staff could try to post unbiased news posts. If you're going to poke fun at news channels, please include all news channels. It's only polite.
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Jon Stewart is f*cking brilliant!
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Well I guess maybe Fox doesnt really have anything to defend themselves with, although considering they're a big news station that would be hard to believe. I think they think that no one will take John Stewart seriously which is why there's no retaliation.
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