Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stewart responds to PolitiFact, rip Fox News’s “lying dynasty”

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PolitiFact Truth-o-Meter

As you may have heard, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show sat down with Fox News’s Chris Wallace over the weekend and at one point said that polls show that Fox viewers are “the most consistently misinformed” compared to other news network audiences. Well, PolitiFact thought that was worth checking out, and promptly labeled Stewart’s claim as (technically, pedantically) “False”. (Personally, given that the contradicting polls only show Fox viewers to be very misinformed rather than the most, I’d think that would qualify for “Half-True” or “Barely True” … but now I’m just being pedantic, myself. (I do that.))

Well, never one to let a piece of humble pie go uneaten, Stewart took the time last night to acknowledge that, yes, he was, in fact, wrong to say that every poll consistently showed that Fox viewers were the least knowledgeable. And also never one to let a golden opportunity to expose the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Fox News, he then went on an extended riff listing a metric crapload of Fox claims that were awarded ratings of “False” or even “Pants on Fire!” from PolitiFact:

If you can’t watch the video, PolitiFact made the effort of posting an annotated list of every false Fox claim mentioned by Stewart – all 21 of them.

I wonder how many there are in total.