Daily Show host Jon Stewart returned on Monday night by dissecting Fox News’ insistence that protests against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri were incited by liberal “race arsonists.”
“I don’t know if I’m supposed to overthrow the government or get one of those panic rooms,” Stewart said. “It almost makes you think that the crime that they’re really upset about over there isn’t race-pimping or race arson — it’s race plagiarism.”
Fox is quick to criticize who they see as race baiters stoking anger within the Black community, Stewart argued, while giving ample air time to inflammatory headlines and statements telling white conservatives that President Barack Obama was trying to infringe upon their civil liberties.
Stewart also took a swipe at one of his favorite targets, Sean Hannity, for blaming Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for the demonstrations that have taken place in the city since a grand jury decided not to indict local officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown this past August.
“Be honest, my friend,” Stewart asked. “Are those the three people responsible, or did you just name the only three Black guys you could think of?”
When they aren’t accusing outside interests of conjuring up a “resentful frenzy,” Stewart said, Fox contributors like Bernie Goldberg try to downplay the anger the shooting caused within the community by saying, “Ferguson, Missouri is not Selma, Alabama.”
“Right,” Stewart said in sarcastic agreement. “Almost by definition, Ferguson, Missouri is not Selma, Alabama. Of course, if Fox had been around for Selma, Alabama, the headline probably would have been, ‘Relax, Selma isn’t slavery.'”
Cable news networks in general, Stewart argued, were content to dismiss Brown’s shooting as an isolated incident — ignoring the context that places his death alongside similar shootings around the country involving Dante Parker, Tamir Rice, Kendrick McDade, Armand Bennett, and John Crawford, among others.
“The point is, these shootings are clearly not a manifestation of systemic inequality and mistrust between the African-American community and the somehow always-justified Police-American community,” Stewart said sarcastically. “But these are merely an unending bizarrely-similar series of unrelated incidents.”
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.
‘This was the smoking gun!’ MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Mulvaney ‘confession’ could end Trump presidency
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The "Morning Joe" host said Mulvaney had made a stunning "confession," but he said the president had on the same day endorsed the ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish allies he had betrayed to Turkey.
"There's so much to talk about, we joke for a few minutes at the top of the show, Mika likes do that, me, I like to get straight into the news," said Scarborough, who frequently annoys his wife and co-host by bantering about sports at the start of the show. "But there's so much going on that if somebody just woke up this morning they might not think that yesterday was not one of the most significant news days in, during the Trump presidency, and I may even argue one of the most significant news days over perhaps the last decade, just in terms of volume."
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"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.
"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.
"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.
Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’
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Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.