Methinks all that media attention and public outcry over Jon Stewart’s decision to leave The Daily Show has Fox News a wee bit jealous. Especially when you consider how Fox is such a target for Stewart’s humor.
On The O’Reilly Factor last night, Bill O’Reilly and Martha MacCallum reacted to the news of Stewart’s resignation by alternately downplaying its importance and hyping it as a huge loss for liberals.
“The numbers are not really that strong,” MacCallum said about Stewart’s Daily Show audience. “At 1.2 million a night, in terms of his daily watchers on the broadcast, that’s down 16% from his January numbers in 2014. And when you look at his foray into the film business that he did last summer with his movie, Rosewater, which got some critical acclaim – not a whole lot of action at the box office… he made about ($3.12) million off that movie. You put that next to the $288 million dollars that were made by American Sniper… just to give to people some context.”
Yeah, we get the context Martha.
O’Reilly interrupted to say that nobody expected Rosewater to be a big box office hit. But he changed the subject to complain about all that press attention Stewart got (that O'Reilly will likely not get when his retirement is announced, probably in the not-too-distant future). “Did you see the big schmooze-a-rama on the press? …Oh, my God!” O’Reilly exclaimed.
MacCallum made mock crying motions. She asked aracastically, “What will they do without Jon Stewart?” Then, she went on to suggest that Stewart’s audience doesn’t really represent America. “When you look at the makeup of the audience, it’s very young, which is not surprising. About 40% of his viewership is under the age of 30. 43% consider themselves to be liberal, when asked that question. And that’s a large number who declare themselves to be liberal, as opposed to independent and conservative. So obviously, he will be missed. And there’s a whole generation of college kids who grew up feeling that he was the arbiter of good taste in news.”
But about 64% of The O’Reilly Factor are 50 and older and 60% of Fox’s audience calls itself conservative.
“He is the standard bearer on television for the liberal point of view,” O’Reilly said. “And he’s funny and they don’t have funny liberals.”
But O’Reilly really shouldn’t be gloating. Or planning on quitting his day job. He later said, “What people don’t know about Stewart’s demographics is that according to The Factor research, 72% of his audience do not understand English. So they don’t know what he’s saying, they just like his suits.” Presumably, that was a joke.
Nobody mentioned how Stewart slammed Fox on the very same show in which he announced his departure.
Watch it below, from last night's The O'Reilly Factor.
I saw “Rosewater.” It was inspirational (I’m also a fan of Gael Garcia-Bernal and have been since “Y Tu Mama Tambien”). I have no intention of seeing “American