Before Jon Stewart announced he’s leaving The Daily Show, he launched a withering attack on Fox News that will likely make you miss him even before he's gone.
We’ve previously noted how Fox has been wishing President Obama was more like Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King Abdullah. Well, The Daily Show has noticed, too. And last night, Stewart mined seven minutes of great comedy at Fox’s expense from it.
Stewart presented more than a dozen clips of Fox pundits slobbering over Abdullah and al-Sisi. “You want the president to be more like a Muslim dictator,” Stewart said, noting the hypocrisy considering that’s what Fox more or less accuses Obama of being.
But, Stewart added, Fox is “willing to be flexible on the Muslim front.” That brought a cascade of Putin love from those “patriots” on the “fair and balanced” network.
Stewart continued, "If I’m understanding this correctly and I think I am, the paragons of leadership are a king, military dictator and a power-crazed wannabe czar. Seems kind of at odds with the one thing you guys claim to value the most."
That’s freedom, of course.
"Apparently, you love freedom, you just wish it was being administered in this country by a dictator," Stewart said. "It’s kind of ironic. Because if President Obama started acting more like any of the guys whose leadership you admire, I’m pretty sure I know the first place he’d shut down."
Can you guess what that is?
Watch it below, from last night’s The Daily Show
Hell, by the time the “Daily Show” starts taping, the writers may be forced to scramble at the last minute if something really outrageous comes up. (Per Wikipedia, the show tapes around 6 pm, with a rehearsal about 2 hours earlier to leave time for rewrites.) And there’s no telling how much material can’t be dealt with during the hours between the end of taping and the evening’s initial broadcast, having to be left for the next day (that’s assuming that, amazingly, FoxNoise doesn’t make even more outrageous comments or dig themselves even deeper before the next “Daily Show” cycle begins).