Jon Stewart rips Roger Ailes and explains his ‘socialist ethos’

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 0:19 EDT
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The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday night mocked Fox News president Roger Ailes for saying that Stewart had privately admitted to being a socialist.

Stewart wondered why Ailes didn’t say what he had privately disclosed to him.

“Did I ever tell you that I, Roger Ailes, plan to undermine the role of an independent press by constantly whining that any reportage that deviates from a staunch conservative narrative is biased, while at the same time filling the editorial vacuum that that creates by building a conservative propaganda juggernaut under the guise of a news organization,” he said.

“And he said to me, he goes, ‘Jon, I’m going to call the organization Fox News and its tagline will be, you’re going to love this, a fanatically micromanaged media fiefdom where my own far right agenda and personal sense of victimhood drive every aspect of the operation — and balanced.’”

Stewart revealed that he had actually referred to himself as a socialist in the past. He explained that he didn’t believe in nationalizing industry or collectivizing farms, but he did believe in government programs that had a “socialist ethos,” like Social Security and Medicare.

“I used the term socialism in the year 2000, before Obama ruined if for everybody,” Stewart complained. “The new s-word. It’s like if the c-word and the n-word had a baby, and that baby’s name is Obamacare.”

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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