Daily Show host Jon Stewart tore into CNN and Fox News on Monday for the unusual way they had covered the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.
“This is getting way too heated and weird,” Stewart admonished both networks, before cutting to footage of MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow, who each urged networks to cut down on misinformed speculation regarding the lost plane.
“You know, Sherman and Mr. Peabody are right,” Stewart said. “An eloquent call for accountability. Well, maybe they should have CC’ed that to everyone in the building.”
He then showed Hayes and Maddow’s colleague, Ed Schultz, calling the case a “high-tech hijack” that culminated in the plane being “somewhere in the jungle,” before asking his viewers to text their own guesses to him by phone.
“Don’t worry about it if you’re wrong, because there are no consequences for that,” Stewart said. “Ever.”
Stewart also pointed out that CNN’s coverage also started on an appropriately somber note, with Anderson Cooper telling viewers his network was going to work its sources before providing more information — a promise that soon gave way to plane holograms, fake planes, and Don Lemon asking guests if they thought the plane could have flown into a black hole.
“Why don’t we just strap some wings to Wolf Blitzer and let him loose?” Stewart said. “Because, in order to catch a plane, you must become a plane.”
Lemon’s outlandish question became fodder for jabs from Fox News, Stewart said, leading to a “news loop” of mutual sniping and reporting between the two networks, which included Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple saying Bill O’Reilly was “nervous” over losing younger viewers to CNN.
“We all know most of O’Reilly’s younger viewers are just coming into the room to make sure their grandparents are still breathing,” Stewart said sarcastically. “Once they put their hand on their chest, does it count?”
Watch Stewart’s take on the media storm around the missing plane, as aired on Monday, below.