Fox News is a favorite target of Jon Stewart who mercilessly lampoons their pretensions to being a news organization. It must clearly get under their skin since they know that young people watch the show in large numbers and this is the demographic TV lusts after. Every once in a while, someone at Fox decides to try and fight back.
This is a big mistake. You should never take on a good stand up comedian (which Stewart used to be) unless you are on rock-solid ground. They are usually smart and quick-witted because they hone their skills by batting down hecklers. Add to that a comedian who has at his disposal his own TV show, a team of skilled comedy writers, and people who can comb through the vast treasure trove of news and old videos, and you are just asking to be clobbered.
Fox News personality Eric Bolling is the latest victim. He took umbrage at Jon Stewart’s ridiculing his network’s characterization of how poor people use food stamps and decided to take him to task and ‘school’ him. As I could have told Bolling from seeing other people try something similar, he was the one who was going to be taken to the woodshed.
And so it came to pass last Thursday, in the form of a brilliantly savage takedown.
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Bolling came back last Saturday with a feeble attempt to say that he and Stewart agreed on something. Luckily for him, The Daily Show is taking a break this past week so he was spared a further humiliation. At least until the show returns.