Stewart busts Fox News for use of Nazi references

By David Edwards
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:31 EDT
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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly claimed last week that her network doesn’t use Nazi references.

Since that’s just flat out wrong, the ball was in Jon Stewart’s court to call her out.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) had made a speech on the House floor last week comparing a Republican plan to repeal health care reform to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

In an interview with Kelly, Democratic strategist Richard Socarides pointed out that Cohen wasn’t the only one to invoke Nazis.

“If we want to get into who is heating this and overheating this, I mean every night on the very network we’re on right now, the leading commentators on this network use this kind of language,” he explained.

“That’s not true, Richard,” Kelly shot back. “I don’t know if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day, and you’re wrong.”

“Megyn, I watch it every day, too,” Stewart noted. “12 long years. I think he might be right.”

Comedy Central’s staff quickly produced clip after clip to prove that Kelly was the one who was wrong.

“If you look back at what happened in Germany you cannot escape the similarities between what Hitler and his cut throats did back then and the hate-filled blogs, what they’re doing now,” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly said in Feb. 2008.

“There is an Obama supporter, he’s got this book and this video out that are propaganda pieces,” Fox News’ Glenn Beck said in March 2010. “And I’m telling you, they would make Joseph Goebbels proud.”

“The far left in this country, the zealots — I mean these are zealots — are Nazis,” O’Reilly said in another clip.

In all, Stewart found about ten clips of with Nazi references. One example was even on Kelly’s show.

“Well, true believers always make me a little nervous,” Bernie Goldberg told Kelly in a segment about anti-war protesters Code Pink. “I am not calling these people Nazis. I want to make that clear, but they are not behaving like liberals. They are behaving like brown-shirted thugs.”

“Aha!” shouted Stewart. “I’m not saying they’re Nazis. I’m saying they are behaving like the soldiers Hitler used. Aha! Well, Ms. Kelly, don’t you look ridiculous now?”

Nazi analogies, controversial and wrong as they may be in almost every case, have, of course, not been unique to America’s right-wing. During the Bush administration, many a protest featured the conflation of Republicans and Nazis, and the analogy was frequently tossed about in the media.

Sen. Robert Byrd even famously said that Bush reminded him of Herman Goering, a leading member of the Nazi party.

This video if from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Jan. 24, 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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