A night after saying that Bill O'Reilly was basically paid to lie, Daily Show host Jon Stewart urged viewers to stop giving in to Fox News and conservatives' relentless pursuit of self-described ideological supremacy.
"Take it from someone who's been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so," he said. "Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two-dimensional battle for America's soul, it ages you. Even watching it is killing me."
After showing clips of Fox personalities and radio host Rush Limbaugh rushing to diminish his legacy after announcing his departure from the show, Stewart compared their effect on the government they claim to want to protect to a 4-year-old's tantrum over eating at their favorite restaurant.
"They purport to want to fix things," Stewart argued. "But conservatives are not looking to make education more rigorous and informative, or science more empirical or verifiable, or voting more representative, or the government more efficient or effective. They just want all those things to reinforce their partisan ideological conservative viewpoint. Because in their mind, the opposite of 'bad' isn't 'good.' The opposite of 'bad' is 'conservative.' The opposite of 'wrong' isn't 'right' -- it's 'right-wing.'"
Stewart singled out Megyn Kelly's complaint earlier this month that he was "not a force for good" as his tenure went on.
"'Not a force for good'? I can handle that," Stewart conceded. "But Megyn -- 'in his later years'? I am only 52. I've got 4 to 5 productive years left, and then about 10 to 15 that are mostly ehhh, and then, I guess, the last 4 or 5 angry confused years. Or as they're sometimes referred to, the Fox News viewer demo years."
Watching the show for so long, he said, had aged him.
"This was me at the start of tonight's show," Stewart said, pointing to a picture of himself from early on in his Daily Show tenure. "And if you think that's a lie, I've got a Vine video I want to show you."
The video in question showed 50 Fox "distortions" in a 6-second clip. The show also posted the video on its Twitter account:
50 Fox News lies in 6 seconds. (Tap the screen to pause) https://t.co/n0BBeoYCzT— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1424924379.0
"Plenty more where that came from," he said. "We only have a 22-minute show."
Watch Stewart's commentary, as posted by Crooks & Liars on Wednesday, below.