Jon Stewart tore into Fox News and Sean Hannity again on Monday’s Daily Show, mocking the conservative network for accusing liberals of exhibiting a “sickness” in trying to politicize last week’s terrorist attack in Charleston.
“Yes. It’s a sickness, this rush to use tragedy to advance your narrative,” Stewart said, turning to a shot of Hannity. “Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, a little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony, you’ve got yourself a full-blown case of Foxabetes.”
The host called Fox “amazing” for downplaying the racist aspect of suspect Dylann Roof’s attack against the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, while showing a clip of National Review editor Rich Lowry scoldingly saying, “The bodies aren’t even cold” in response to the initial coverage of the attack.
However, Stewart noted, Lowry published an op-ed accusing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) of pushing the idea that “the police are racist” right after the fatal shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu last December.
“That came out three days before the funeral of the first officer,” Stewart said. “Barely more than the amount of time between the Charleston shootings and Lowry’s sensitive on-air plea against politicizing a massacre.”
Stewart also joined the call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol in South Carolina, calling it “the absolute least that can be done” and pointing out that, just down the street from the church, there’s a venue where the flag is treated with reverence.
“You can’t spit your tobacky in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery,” he said. “Because in the context of Charleston’s extensive Confederate porn industry, the flag is just the money shot. That town is like Confederate Epcot.”
The discussion veered in another direction, though, when Stewart brought correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Kleeper on — Klepper refused to listen to Williams, only to take Stewart’s word as gospel if he even said, “Hear her out.”
“Fine. I get it,” a frustrated Williams said. “For some reason, black people need a white person to get their message out.”
To prove her point, Williams ditched her colleagues and, equipped with a “Helper Whitey,” made her way through the city.
Watch the discussion, as posted online below: