Limbaugh's desire for Obama to 'fail' is 'arguably treasonous': Stewart
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Friday January 23, 2009

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After only a few days, Fox News does its "duty," and, of course, all the while, remaining "fair and balanced," finds reasons Americans should fear the Obama administration.

As Comedy Central's Jon Stewart shows, the attacks on Obama - some that even the Fox hosts themselves considered ridiculous but still decided to air to sound off on - began in the first twenty-four hours of his presidency.

"Holy shit! Fox News is really scared about what might happen, oblivious to what already has," exclaimed Stewart, sounding as "shocked" as Claude Rains pretended to be about gambling in Casablanca.

After playing an old clip of Fox's Bill O'Reilly sounding off on the "anti-Bush liberals" ("But this hate stuff, this rooting for the administration to fail in Iraq and other areas is un-American, unbecoming, and unacceptable. Like him or not, Mr. Bush is the elected leader of this country..." said O'Reilly in March of 2007), Stewart showed conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh talking about how he wants Obama to "fail," during an appearance on FOX News' Hannity on Wednesday.

"I am hearing many Republicans say that well, we want him to succeed and prominent Republicans," Limbaugh had said. "Yes, we wanted they have laid down. They have totally they're drinking the Kool-Aid, too."

"So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail," Limbaugh said later in the interview with Hannity.

Not really joking, Comedy Central's Stewart asked, "Does Bill O'Reilly think Rush Limbaugh hates America?"

Stewart posited that Limbaugh's words could be considered "arguably treasonous."

This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast Jan. 22, 2009.

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