On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart came with a solution for those who are concerned about the funding for the “Ground Zero Mosque,” being that the project is being funded by a Fox News co-owner, he suggested that people stop watching Fox News, “My point is this if we want to cut off funding to the terror mosque. We must together as a nation, stop watching Fox.”
Here is the video from The Daily Show:
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Stewart said that the same man Fox News labeled as a funder of terrorism on Fox and Friends owns part of Fox News, “The terror funder is Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp partner….That’s right, the guy they are painting as a sinister money force owns part of Fox News. Let’s do as Fox News commands and follow the money. This is the proposed terror mosque. We know that that it’s a terror mosque, because the money may be coming from a bad guy, who definitely owns part of Fox News. Now we know that he’s a bad guy because we just heard it on Fox News, and by hearing it on Fox News, watching Fox News, I am increasing their viewership, and their advertising rates go up. Now part of that money goes to the bad guy we learned about on Fox because he is their part owner, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal allowing him then to, make it rain so to speak on the terror mosque. My point is this if we want to cut off funding to the terror mosque. We must together as a nation, stop watching Fox. It’s the only way using their reasoning to cut off the revenue stream to these bad dudes.”
The Daily Show host also pointed out that Fox neglected to mention that the bad guy in their story owns part of their network, “Fox tells us the terrible thing about this Kingdom Foundation is what they fund, that he’s a very bad guy, but they never mentioned this fella’s name, and they never showed this fella’s picture, and they certainly never mentioned that the fella they’re talking about is part owner of their company. Did the gang at Fox and Friends genuinely not know that the head of The Kingdom Foundation’s name, and the fact that he is one of their part owners, or were they purposely covering it up because it didn’t help their fear driven narrative?”
Once again, the best media watch dog on television does the job that serious journalists are afraid to do. Stewart is master at holding hypocrites accountable in very funny, but pointed way. Why isn’t anyone else on television talking about this? Every time Fox News fear mongers about the “Ground Zero Mosque” why aren’t they held accountable? The media has done a good job with countering the Obama is a Muslim memo, but if I may extend Stewart’s point, does the media let Fox News skate most of the time, because they don’t know better, or are they covering up for one of their own?
I think the media knows better, but the vast majority of them are terrified of being hit with the liberal bias label, so they choose to ignore the propaganda of Fox News, and thus let it take hold with many Americans. I don’t think others in television media are afraid of Fox News, but with FNC being the top cable news network, I am not sure how many of those on television want to burn a bridge with something that could be a potential lucrative future employer.
By not being in the news media business, Jon Stewart is free to deliver the most honest criticism of our media on television. His point may be wrapped in humor, but he also teaches his audience to think outside of what they are being told, and to not be afraid to question a source of information. Over the years, Stewart has demonstrated that he has his special place on his skewer for hypocrites on both the Left and the Right, and it would be tough to find more hypocritical organization than Fox News, when it comes to the Park51 project.