Jon Stewart is right…

But he’s also wrong.

Jon Stewart recently went on Fox News and sparred with Chris Wallace, mainly about bias in the media. Stewart claims the mainstream media is not liberally biased. He says:

The bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness…

On that point, I completely concur with Stewart. There is no doubt that news media is dominated by intellectually lazy people who jump on a story like a wolf pack and spew running commentary without any degree of real analysis. But he’s lying to himself about liberal bias. It’s important to understand that bias is not intentional. Most journalists believe they are fair minded and in the middle. But since most journalists are liberal and have been educated in the liberal bastions that are modern journalism schools and associate only with other liberals, their self-perception is skewed. Anyone to the right of them is considered conservative but they themselves are not aware of how far left they are. The best exploration of this phenomenon is by Bernard Goldberg, a former CBS News journalist who was ousted for daring to expose the bias of a colleague.

Stewart also claimed that Fox News viewers were consistently shown in surveys to be the least informed, a claim that Politifact investigated and found to be false.

So we have three Pew studies that superficially rank Fox viewers low on the well-informed list, but in several of the surveys, Fox isn’t the lowest, and other general-interest media outlets — such as network news shows, network morning shows and even the other cable news networks — often score similarly low. Meanwhile, particular Fox shows — such as The O’Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity’s show — actually score consistently well, occasionally even outpacing Stewart’s own audience…

One other thing that Stewart is correct about. He’s just a comedian. And I have to say I often laugh when I watch his show. Now, Bill Maher, well that’s another story. Nothing more pathetic than an unfunny comedian.

3 thoughts on “Jon Stewart is right…”

  1. True liberals or progressives have no sense of humor. They can’t see irony. They think they can. They crack themselves up.
    Did you ever listen to Air America? They think they are a laugh riot. They are intolerable to listen to for more than a few minutes.
    Maher is like a fourteen year old. “Look what I can say!” He thinks he is so fabulous. He is not in any way.
    But, as you say, Stewart is genuinely funny even if he is more to the left. I look forward to the day when he becomes like David Mamet and Richard Dreyfuss, liberals mugged by reality, or conservatives.

    • The funny thing is that liberal/progressive imbeciles listen to this guy as though he’s a newsman. He’s a a satirist. A good one, yes, a partisan one, definitely. But he’s a comedian for heaven’s sake! It’s the best indicator of how irretrievably stupid these leftys really are.

  2. Stewart is dishonest and a coward. Leftist innuendo 24/7, but when someone calls him on it his defense is that he is a mere comedian. He does well with ignorant young people.

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