Jon Stewart vs. Fox News
Quite honestly, Stewart is one of the few folks who are doing the most basic journalism out there.
Republican positions depend on people being distracted and deeply enraged — about gossamer nothing issues. Under the cold light of facts, the Republican record and their myriad tangle of lies, dishonesty and hypocrisy are readily apparent to anyone with half a brain.
The rest of the corporate media establishment spend a lot of time being “fair” and pretending that all arguments carry equal weight — when a simple look at the facts (easily obtainable records, video, audio recordings) could easily cut to the heart of the matter.
Instead, the lazy, ratings-driven media creates a false “two-sides” dichotomy that bears not resemblance to reality.
Position A: The moon is a rocky object that orbits the earth
Position B: The moon is a hole cut in a big black sheet that makes up the sky
In the mainstream media, what we would see is an interview of the a supporter of position A, followed by something like this nonsense:
“…but detractors say that people who hold Position A are part of a NASA cover-up, and the moon is merely the light coming from behind the big sheet that wraps the earth. Back to you, Vance.”
And that’s assuming that there aren’t more sides to the story — as there are in most complex policy issues.
Stewart knows this game, and educates his audience to be media savvy.
Unlike Fox, the Daily Show host has a young audience that will continue to grow as the elderly who regularly view Murdoch’s monstrosity die off, leaving no one to replace them. The Colbert Report, which follows Stewart’s show, also has a vibrant, smart younger viewing demographic.
That’s why, Easley argues, Stewart and the hilarious Stephen Colbert are such a threat to Fox:
Fox News has made no secret of their distaste for Colbert, and especially Jon Stewart, and it is pretty obvious why. Colbert and Stewart are educating an entire generation of younger viewers to critically think about what they see in the media. The long term health of Fox News is going to depend on their ability to attract and retain younger viewers. These are the same viewers that are watching Jon Stewart expose and mock Fox News on a nightly basis. This is why FNC goes out of it’s way to impugn the credibility of Stewart anytime they can.
This is a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dismal mediascape.
The Republican war on science and intellectualism has taken its toll, and the consumers of right-wing pabulum often display pride in their ignorance and lack of education.
For those in the reality-based community, the nation would be better served to develop serious news sources that use the reporting basics Stewart uses to good effect on his nightly comedy program.
Truth and facts are a killer to failed Republican ideas. And they know it.
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