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.”
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