The Beck-enabled Stewart solution: GOP should pay Fox News

By David Edwards
Thursday, August 19, 2010 14:31 EDT
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It turns out that Fox News’ Glenn Beck isn’t the only one that can follow the money.

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart pulled out his chalkboard Wednesday and detailed how Fox News’ parent company had been supplying one Republican group with loads of cash.

News broke Tuesday that News Corp. had donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) without a similar donation to Democratic Governors Association (DGA).

News Corporation, the Rupert Murdoch-owned media giant and parent company to the Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and the Fox television network, has given $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA).

The disclosure was made in the RGA’s most recent IRS filing.

“News Corporation believes in the power of free markets, and the RGA’s pro-business agenda supports our priorities at this most critical time for our economy,” a News Corp spokesman told Politico’s Ben Smith.

“We all know deep down inside in our hearts, in our stomachs, in our mind that money is corrupting our political process, a festering sore on the body politic,” began Stewart. “But it’s complicated. Luckily there’s one organization that is tenacious at exposing the gangrenous rot.”

What followed was a flurry of clips showing how Fox News hosts like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck had attempted to expose partisan donations to Democratic causes.

In March, Stewart first performed an epic impersonation of Beck. The comedy central host used Beck’s mannerisms and grand gestures in the 15-minute parody.

While Beck once called the impersonation “hilarious,” the Fox News host complained Tuesday that Stewart’s act had grown “tired.”

Stewart reprised his Beck role Wednesday to cover News Corporation’s big donation.

“News Corp. owns Fox News. This is going to get a little tricky but follow me,” Stewart said to the audience as he put on Beck-style glasses, headed to the chalkboard and got out his pointer.

Only hand motions and gestures were needed as Stewart discovered the truth written in chalk.

“Follow me people. You’re not going to believe… the money starts here and goes directly there,” announced Stewart. “It’s a straight line. It’s just a straight line. It comes from Fox News and goes straight to Republicans.”

“This is a travesty. I really think if anything Republicans should be paying Fox News millions and millions of dollars. Not the other way around,” he concluded.

This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Aug. 18, 2010.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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