In one of the most deliciously ironic (and whiny) posts I’ve ever read from what is supposed to be a part of the established media, Kyle Smith of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post penned about 1,700 words in which he accused Jon Stewart of being a brainwashing liar, without actually showing that Stewart’s a brainwashing liar.
Smith is giddy over the fact that Stewart is leaving The Daily Show and he’s doubly giddy over the fact that the announcement coincided with Brian Williams being suspended from NBC News.
So Brian Williams goes out (for six months) humiliated and derided. Jon Stewart goes out (permanently, one hopes) the same day, but on a giant Comedy Homecoming King float, with a 21-gun salute from the media, his path strewn with roses and teardrops.
Brian Williams lied about his personal exploits a few times. Jon Stewart was unabashedly and habitually dishonest.
In case you aren’t familiar, The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News. Murdoch also owns The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.
Murdoch owns the second largest media conglomerate. He owns news outlets all over the world. He owns dozens of papers across the globe and several in the US. Many are located in New York and a few years ago, it was considered such a bad thing to own multiple media sources in the same city that Murdoch was forced to sell the paper. In 1993, thanks in part to Democratic then Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, FCC regulations were loosened and Rupert was allowed to buy the paper back.
Since then, the entire Rupert conglomerate has become synonymous with nothing but lies. (No, they didn’t actually win the right to lie in court, but they do it anyway.) Fox News at least partially lies a whopping 78 percent of the time.
So, you can see how it could be construed as, well, pure projection, that a member of Murdoch’s team accuses Jon Stewart of lying and brainwashing.
Smith goes on to object to Stewart classifying his show as “fake news,” insisting instead that The Daily Show is real news with jokes. That’s okay, I’ll be happy to call Fox News and the New York Post fake news written and performed by jokes.
Most other journalists aren’t allowed to swear or to slam powerful figures (lest they be denied chances to interview them in future). Their editors make them tone down their opinions and cloak them behind weasel words like “critics say.” Journalists have to dress up in neutrality drag every day, and it’s a bore.
This is from a man who called the President of the United States a “stone cold liar” and a bullshitter.
Throughout the entire 1,700 + (granted, well written) words, Smith names just two supposed lies from Stewart and those are that Bush lied us into war and that the media was too soft on Bush during the buildup.
The idea that “Bush lied” is itself a lazy, ill-informed and false statement.
Except it’s not. Bush and his aides made 935 false statements about 9/11 and Iraq.
“In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003,” reads an overview of the examination, conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and its affiliated group, the Fund for Independence in Journalism.
According to the study, Bush and seven top officials — including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice — made 935 false statements about Iraq during those two years.
Following 9/11, it was difficult to find anyone in the media or in politics with the cojones to stand up to the Bush administration while they were banging the war drums. PBS’s Bill Moyers explains how:
In 2003, Phil Donahue was fired from the supposedly liberal MSNBC for opposing the Iraq War.
So, in short, the only two “lies” that Smith claims Stewart has made are confirmed by some very serious media sources. Fox News and The New York Post, on the other hand…
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