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 Staff

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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