Stewart on Current TV Sale: Fox Has a Point
But Fox News is also a massive hypocrite, says 'Daily Show' host
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2013 9:06 AM CST
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(Newser) – Jon Stewart took a moment on last night's Daily Show to weigh in on Al Gore's deal to sell Current TV to Al Jazeera—or, more specifically, Fox News' reaction to it. "Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have our first Fox boner alert of 2013," he declared. But the first clip he aired showed Fox complaining that Al Gore the climate crusader had, essentially, sold the network to big oil. "That's a pretty legitimate point actually!" Stewart conceded. "You'd think if anyone he'd sell his network, to, like, Tom's of Maine."

But from there, he focused on the network's freak-out over how "un-American" Al Jazeera is. Stewart conceded that Al Jazeera's Arabic network has played some hateful material. He then aired a clip of a Saudi cleric declaring that Jewish people "make matzos with human blood," agreeing that it was very hateful (classic Stewart quip: "you know if that were true matzos would be more flavorful") ... before revealing that it hadn't aired on Al Jazeera. It had aired on Rotana, a network partially owned by—you guessed it—Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch.

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thezenhaitian
Jan 11, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Sadly, as Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) points out whether you watch it or not, if you subscribe to cable, you pay quite a bit for the Fox News Channel... Will Americans Be Able to Watch Al Jazeera America? http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/01/04/will-americans-be-able-to-watch-al-jazeera-america/ "And this is a good time to raise some larger questions about cable TV. A Reuters article (1/4/13) focusing on the business aspects of the deal noted that cable news channels get money from subscribers: SNL Kagan said Fox News averages 89 cents per subscriber per month, while CNN gets 57 cents and MSNBC collects 18 cents. That's per subscriber–as in, everyone who has cable television. So all of us cable subscribers pay for Fox News Channel. We pay quite a bit, as a matter of fact, whether we watch it or not."
KeyserSoze
Jan 11, 2013 12:17 PM CST
Hypocracy thy name is Faux Noise.....now thats being "fair & balanced"
CopTurnedJournalist
Jan 11, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Two sad things here: 1) Many people probably did not watch the segment to its conclusion and thus missed the revelation the Rupert Murdoch is a multi-national capitalist with no allegiance to anything other than his wallet. 2) At least some of those who did watch probably missed Stewart's incredible use of sarcasm. Okay, four sad things: 3) If someone would put together a television network that would just report the facts of news stories and let the viewers decide what to think or do about those facts (what Fox claims but fails to do) that someone would make SO much money they would make Al Gore's $100 million look like chump change. 4) Apparently NO ONE has both the money and the guts to start such a network.