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Apr 27 2014

Hannity Takes on Jon Stewart. Oops.

Seriously, when will the right wing pundits and TV show hosts learn that they aren’t going to win if they take on Jon Stewart? Sean Hannity tried it over the Bundy Ranch standoff and got absolutely eviscerated. This is seriously going to leave a mark.

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  1. 1
    Al Dente

    Arby’s – the Hannity of roast beef sandwiches.

  2. 2
    Teve Tory

    I think he owes Arby’s an apology.

  3. 3
    Artor

    I don’t think Hannity has the intelligence or self-awareness to understand how badly Stewart smacked him down. It won’t leave a mark, because Hannity’s viewers aren’t any smarter than him.

  4. 4
    chrisho-stuart

    [understatement]Ouch.[/understatement]

  5. 5
    D. C. Sessions

    This is a very useful psychological instrument. In particular, it tests the limits of schadenfreude.

  6. 6
    Modusoperandi

    Yup. It’s true. I saw Hannity after this, and he looked like a broken man. Actually, he looked exactly the same.

  7. 7
    Marcus Ranum

    Never argue with a comedian. It’s like being a blind man at a knife-fight when your opponent is in a clown-tank.

  8. 8
    Compuholic

    Oh that was beautiful.

  9. 9
    Trebuchet

    Stewart is engaged in a duel of wits with an unarmed man.

  10. 10
    gorgias

    Unfortunately, Hannity’s risk of being seen as foolish by his loyal viewers is extremely low, given that the average FOX News devotee probably doesn’t watch the Daily Show. That said, I do find it satisfying to see Stewart get under the skin of pundits like Hannity so badly that they feel they have to respond. The viewers might not know how badly Hannity got zinged, but Hannity knows, and it eats him up inside.

  11. 11
    slatham

    Can someone with access (limited in Canada, is my excuse) please compile a top ten list of Jon Stewart to play for a crusty old uncle come Thanksgiving (earlier in Canada than in the US)? So brilliant.

  12. 12
    anubisprime

    Classic case of the wrong fight for the wrong cause and for the wrong reason.

    And Hannity got his ample ass well and truly savaged while his ‘protégée’ stabs him in the morals with a battle axe.

    That is what ya call monumentally pwnd…and then some!

  13. 13
    tbp1

    Stephen Colbert’s evisceration was equally merciless and bloody.

    I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of either of them, frankly.

  14. 14
    Michael Heath

    gorgias writes:

    Unfortunately, Hannity’s risk of being seen as foolish by his loyal viewers is extremely low, given that the average FOX News devotee probably doesn’t watch the Daily Show.

    This bears repeating.

    gorgias writes:

    I do find it satisfying to see Stewart get under the skin of pundits like Hannity so badly that they feel they have to respond. The viewers might not know how badly Hannity got zinged, but Hannity knows, and it eats him up inside.

    Yeah, but then he thinks about what’s he getting paid and all those people who adore him. So he keeps doing what’s he’s been doing; not that Hannity is capable of adapting to a better place. That’d be like asking Sarah Palin to bone-up on the issues.

  15. 15
    Michael Heath

    My favorite part of this clip reveals a fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives.

    Jon Stewart agrees with Sean Hannity’s point about Cat Stevens’ reprehensible behavior towards Salmon Rushdie. Mr. Stewart agrees enough he admits regret he featured Cat Stevens at his event.

    So here we see how liberals can acknowledge inconvenient facts and consider compelling counter-arguments. We also see how liberals will accept responsibility that their past behavior wasn’t optimal.

    These are three positive liberal attributes where conservatives attributes are a negative mirror image. Conservatives have extreme difficulty acknowledging inconvenient facts, they avoid or deny compelling counter-arguments, and they rarely accept responsibility for their past behavior (at least when it comes to politics and religion).

  16. 16
    starskeptic

    Teve Tory #2 : “I think he owes Arby’s an apology.”

    I think Arby’s owes The Daily Show a little something back for all the free publicity they’ve
    gotten over the years.

  17. 17
    felidae

    That’s why I miss Kieth Olbermann greatly–he was unafraid to give O’Reilly and Hannity the pranging they so richly deserved on a regular basis O’Reilly is currently whining about Media Matters for being “vicious” –the sin of posting clips of him saying something stupid or untrue on line

  18. 18
    John Pieret

    Well, Hannity does know when to stop digging:

    “I love, I think Jon Stewart is extremely talented and funny. I must be missing the chip because some said ‘Hannity he took you down last night.’ Yeah, it’s pretty funny, I laughed,” Hannity said on his radio show Thursday, referring to Stewart’s Wednesday night takedown of Hannity’s sympathetic coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/04/sean-hannity-loves-jon-stewart-187388.html

  19. 19
    Daniel Schealler

    Never taunt a bard. :)

  20. 20
    dalbryn

    The George Washington coup de gras had to be my favorite part.

  21. 21
    Synfandel

    dalbryn, that would be a greasy blow. I think you meant “coup de grâce”–a blow of mercy.

  22. 22
    Doug Little

    I’ve never understood the whole Arby’s angle. It seems to be a running joke on the Daily Show but I have no idea what the impetus was. I understand that it is crap food, but you could equally target any other fast food chain for the same treatment. From what I’ve been reading it’s completely arbitrary (pardon the pun).

  23. 23
    scienceavenger

    @11 Look for these:

    Full Panel on racism
    Aasif Mandvi on the Boston Bombing
    Larry Elmore on Teatards: “she wants her America back? Tell that to the Indians.”

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