Of course we think The Daily Show is the only trustworthy news-source in America, but we work for Comedy Central, so we're hardly objective. We also think South Park should have won the Nobel Prize for Economics, and Just Shoot Me reruns cure rickets. But it turns out we're not the only ones singing the praises of Jon Stewart and the Best Fucking News Team Ever.
At the recent Bloomberg Washington Summit, President Obama's outgoing Communications Director Anita Dunn continued the ridicules of Fox News that marked her time with the administration:
She criticized Fox for using edited footage of a rally to make it appear that opposition to the president’s health-care plan was bigger than it was.
“The people who exposed this: Jon Stewart of the Daily Show on Comedy Central… That’s where you are getting fact-checking and investigative journalism these days.”
To see what real fact-checking and investigative journalism looks like, you can watch the segment in question below, followed by Jon Stewart's response to Sean Hannity's apology.
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Tags: Anita Dunn, Fox, Jon Stewart, Sean Hannity, The Daily Show, Video
We've seen some fiery skirmishes in the War on Fox News, especially now that Fox's commanders are rallying their troops to go on the offensive, but today we have an actual bombshell: Fox has unearthed explosive! detonating! evidence of Barack Obama's campaign communications team's SECRET STRATEGY for media terrorism.
You see, Barack Obama's campaign communications team (led by Anita Dunn, seen here PLOTTING with David Axelrod), did not simply allow reporters, including those of Fox News, to write whatever the hell they wanted about their candidate. This is unheard of in democracy. A non-Stalinist campaign would simply lead its candidate onto a stage, sit him down, and let the assembled press pool make up whatever fun stories they wanted to, based on his appearance.
But Candidate Obama's nefarious communications generals had a different plan, a strategy known to "insiders" as "controlling the message." These people don't want you to know that they did this, or how they did this, but one Fox News footsoldier marched into the trenches of Google, I'm guessing, and dug up a video of Anita Dunn speaking at a conference earlier this year…
She explained that the campaign favored live interviews so that Obama's words could not be edited — "so that what the voters heard we determined, as opposed to some editor in a TV station."
"Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it," she said.
Chilling! How many more times has Barack Obama covered up his efforts to waterboard the media? Next I suppose Fox News will reveal that those big blue "Yes We Can" rally signs were not the spontaneous handiwork of Real Americans, but were instead distributed by campaign operatives! (I believe that would be grounds for impeachment.)
Tags: Anita Dunn, Barack Obama, Fox, White House
In honor of Christopher Columbus I did some traveling this past weekend, except I hardly tortured any indigenous people at all, so I was in an airport when a TV screen flashed an "urgent update" about a "declaration of war" from the White House (!!??). Later, at my gate, I looked up at another screen just in time to see Glenn Beck arranging model tanks on a map of New York City, and after that I don't remember much because I figured I should take another anti-anxiety pill or three.
Anyway! Turns out Barack Obama has declared war on Fox News, and we know this because his warmongering communications director Anita Dunn spent the past few days complaining that Fox is unfair and imbalanced, so Fox "fired back," get it, with sentence-bombs like this:
Fox's senior vice president for news, Michael Clemente, issued a statement Monday, saying: "It's astounding the White House can't distinguish between news and opinion programming. It seems self-serving on their part."
Surges of words, from both sides! Meanwhile, in the interest of not being self-serving, Fox News is keeping this war as exciting as possible with fun polls, the aforementioned model tanks, headlines about 'escalation,' etc.
So now that I have reported, you decide: what color should our patriotic lapel ribbons be, for this War on Fox News? That sort of purple color Bill O'Reilly sometimes turns?
Tags: Anita Dunn, Barack Obama, Fox, Glenn Beck, White House