Friday, February 13, 2015

Jon Stewart has become the latest victim of Fox News editing

All of criticism of Fox News during his debate will Bill O’Reilly was edited out of the video played on Fox and Friends [on Thursday].

In case you didn’t here is the transcript from Media Matters of what Fox and Friends left on the cutting room floor:

STEWART: There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox that petty fogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them. This guy is in the crosshairs in a way that he shouldn’t be, whether you agree with him or not over — you may think he is ignorant in believing that Assata Shakur is innocent. You may think he is ignorant in believing that Mumia is. But then guess what? Bono can’t go to the White House. Springsteen can’t go to the White House. Bob Dylan can’t go to the White House. You have got a lot of people that aren’t allowed to sit in the White House because they have written songs about people convicted of murder.
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O’REILLY: You say that because Bono, Springsteen, and Bob Dylan wrote songs defending people who were accused of heinous things that I have to give Common a pass because he did the same thing.
 
STEWART: No. You have to be consistent with your outrage.
 
O’REILLY: All right. Let me give you –
 
STEWART: Be consistent.
 
O’REILLY: I will. Common visited, went to see.
 
STEWART: So what if Bono went to see Leonard Peltier?

O’REILLY: All right? In Cuba, and said – and said, quote –
 
STEWART: So now that’s your line? You are putting yourself in a smaller and smaller box.
 
O’REILLY: No, I’m not. I’m not.
 
STEWART: So this guy is worthy of it because he actually visited. And, by the way, I don’t agree with you that that’s what puts it over the top. I completely disagree with you.
 
O’REILLY: This makes it beyond a reasonable doubt.
 
STEWART: Oh, please.
 
O’REILLY: Oh, come on. You know this guy is sympathizing with two cop killers. You know that.
 
STEWART: I don’t know him. He believes they were unjustly convicted. That’s what I imagine this is.
 
Jon Stewart went on Fox News to have a debate about Common’s appearance at the White House, and found when the debate was discussed later on the network, his criticisms of Fox News got left on the cutting room floor. This is exactly why I thought it was good for ratings, but a bad idea for Jon Stewart to debate O’Reilly on Fox News.
 
Fox selectively edited Stewart, and is now using him as token opposition to push their phony Common controversy. If anyone should know that a guest is not going to get a fair shake on Fox News, it’s Jon Stewart. He covers their bias on a nightly basis.

Jon Stewart did do a great job in the debate, but leave it to Fox News to cut out his excellent points about the Fox outrage machine. After all, FNC viewers need to be kept in the dark. Truth is something that is shaped by partisanship and Roger Ailes fingertips.
 
Stewart smoked O’Reilly, but if you watched the Fox and Friends report, you would come away thinking that Stewart was a weak liberal who was defending a cop killer supporter. Stewart has now become a victim of very bias that he rails against every night on The Daily Show.
 
Congratulations, Jon Stewart. You’ve been Foxed.
 
 
 

 

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