Jon Stewart started his last week hosting the Daily Show by dissecting how badly Fox News analyst Howard Kurtz misfired in trying to paint him as an apologist for President Barack Obama.
“I’m just playing around with you guys,” Stewart said over shots of various Fox hosts. “Your hypocrisy isn’t a bug in the Fox model; it’s the feature. Your job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand by angrily holding them to standards you yourselves jettison in your news network’s mission statement.”
On Sunday, Kurtz and Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik accused Stewart of being “a tool” of the Obama administration, following Politico’s report on the host’s “secret” meetings with the president.
Stewart shot down Kurtz’s segment with a barrage of Fox clips showing their hosts criticizing Obama by pointing out that “even” Stewart himself was knocking him on various policy decisions. It was also Kurtz, Stewart noted, who reported on Fox officials instructing the news department to call the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. Obamacare — “government-run healthcare” at every opportunity.
“My hunch is, this show’s been harder on the Obama administration and this president per capita than you ever were in your eight years of [George W.] Bush fingerb*nging,” Stewart said.
However, he added, Fox will not “get around” to verifying that statistic, since the conservative network never responded to his compilation of 50 Fox lies in six seconds that aired this past February.
Stewart then asked Fox, “How does that motherf*cking taste?” before lighting an imaginary match and yelling, “Adios motherf*ckers!” … only to be reminded that he still has three shows left, including a nearly-hourlong finale on Thursday.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Monday, below.
BUSTED: Florida’s GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing
Gov. Ron DeSantis denied the Miami Herald access to a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing, the newspaper's Tallahassee Bureau Chief reported Saturday.
"Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to violate the state's public meeting laws and chose to exclude the Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times from a media briefing at the Capitol," Mary Ellen Klas reported.
"His media staff told another reporter, NSF's Jim Turner, that if he insisted that we be allowed in, Turner would be kept out," she noted.
MSNBC’s Alex Witt holds back tears as wife of critically ill COVID-19 patient describes his swift decline
On MSNBC Saturday, Alex Witt interviewed Amy Breslow, a New Jersey woman whose husband Brett is critically ill in ICU with coronavirus and in need of plasma. As Witt listened, she grew visibly shaken.
"At what point did you know your husband needed to go to the hospital?" asked Witt. "Was it something that you saw slowly and then took a harsh turn? Tell me what happened there."
"He told me two weeks ago that he was not feeling well," said Breslow. "He started with a fever on the 16th, chills, fatigue. The 17th, I took him to urgent care. They tested him for regular flu, which was negative. They did not have any coronavirus tests available at the urgent care. There were no kits, so they examined him, his lungs, his vital signs, everything was stable. They gave him your typical, rest, fluids, take Tylenol, Motrin. Wednesday, his fever seemed to break, Thursday the fever came back."
Trump attacks governors requesting medical resources as ‘little problem children’ in unhinged rant
On Saturday, ahead of seeing off the naval hospital ship USNS Comfort on its way to New York to deal with the coronavirus hot zone, President Donald Trump once again lashed out at governors requesting medical resources, calling them "a couple of little problem children."
"I would say we'll use [the Defense Production Act] again once or twice," Trump told a reporter on the White House lawn. "We have a couple of little problem children, and we'll use it where we have to. But overall, I tell you, the private, free enterprise system is at work like nobody's seen in a long time."
Presumably, Trump is referring to Govs. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), with whom he is feuding publicly and has attacked by name multiple times in recent days.