The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Wednesday chided Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for claiming Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for ten years. But he also savaged Fox News for reporting baseless claims.
Reid told the Huffington Post that a Bain investor informed him that Romney had not paid any taxes for ten years. But Reid quickly added, “Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain.”
“Should Mitt Romney release his tax returns? Of course,” Stewart said. “But him not doing the right thing doesn’t give you a license to do the wrong thing. Oh, he won’t release his taxes. Why don’t I bait him with some wild guesses I pulled out of my ass. You’re the Majority Leader. You can’t just run to the Sideboob Gazette with ridiculous speculations about what may or may not be in Mitt Romney’s taxes. That’s this show’s job.”
But Stewart was even more upset with Reid for claiming that Romney’s father — who released 12 years of his tax returns — must be ashamed of him.
“As someone who has truly and thoroughly disappointed his still-living father on many occasions, let me just say, that is a bullshit shot.”
Stewart wasn’t the only person to be critical of Reid’s comments.
“People just say whatever they want, and before you know it, it’s mainstream news,” Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson said regarding the Senate majority leader.
“Irony — irony too great,” Stewart remarked, playing a montage of Fox & Friends reporting on “what some people are saying.”