and his writing staff have long been ahead of the pack in providing some of the most acerbic and critical analysis of cable news — regularly taking down the networks’ journalistic faux pas, cheesy moments, gaffes, and miscues. Jon Stewart
From CNN’s goofy election night gimmickry to MSNBC and Fox News’ self-parodic coverage of similar issues, Stewart often tries to be equal-opportunity in dishing out the mockery. Much like his fellow Comedy Central show
South Park, at some point, everyone feels the burn of a Jon Stewart segment. The Daily Show‘s no-holds barred satire offers something for everyone, critiques of Stewart’s personal politics and reliance on anti-Fox humor aside.
Here are Stewart’s biggest media smackdowns of the year thus far:
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Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News: ‘Rooting For America To Fail Since November 2008′
In this segment, Stewart took Fox News to task for using a “pundit prep document” to guide its coverage and steer conversation away from any positive news of economic recovery under the Obama presidency.
Jon Stewart Asks 'What The Hell Happened To CNN?'
Stewart targeted CNN by mocking their segments-within-segments (“Political Pop,” “R&R,” and so on). “Why?” he asked, noting that often their branded news segments don’t actually apply that well to the stories within them.
Mocking several choice segments, Stewart asked: "What the hell happened to CNN? 20 years ago you were the only network bravely reporting from inside Iraq. [...] Now you’re just a mean fifth-year senior shitting on people as they try to use the bathroom.”
MSNBSad: Stewart Laughs Through ‘All The Stages Of Grief’ In Wisconsin Coverage
Wisconsin recall coverage was at the top of Stewart‘s agenda in early June, from the hilarity he found in Governor Scott Walker soundly winning his recall election to the resultant coverage on cable news networks.
On Fox News, he found what was essentially a touchdown dance; while on “MSNB-Sad,” the many, many stages of grief - from denial, to more denial, and even more denial.
Stewart Trashes MSNBC & Fox News’ Election Coverage…But Saves Best Attacks For CNN
During the March 2012 stretch of the Republican primary race, Stewart had some fun with all three major cable networks for how they chose to cover the primaries -- whether it was through sexual innuendo, completely obsessive up-to-the-minute coverage, or just ignoring them altogether in favor of regularly scheduled programming.
Jon Stewart Praises ‘The Genius Of Fox News’ In Analyzing Putin/Obama Meeting
Stewart mocked Fox News' coverage of President Obama's icy meeting with
Vladimir Putin, which, Stewart said, put "the genius of Fox News" on full display.
Jon Stewart Skewers CNN’s
Early Start For Their ‘Wake ‘Em Up’ Segment
CNN’s new morning show
Early Start has a segment where they call newspeople early in the morning as a surprise and get them live, possibly before they are awake. Needless to say, spontaneous segments have a way of going… awry, and Jon Stewart took a peek at just how wrong things can go – first, during a call to one of the Kennedys, and then mistakenly dialing the wrong number, then telling that person that they were talking to the FBI and not CNN.
Jon Stewart Takes On Fox News And Roger Ailes For ‘Socialist’ Remark
Stewart took aim at Fox News head
Roger Ailes saying he recalled a conversation they had at a bar, in which Stewart confessed he’s basically a socialist.
Well, Stewart said, Ailes had a confession of his own agenda. He then went on to clarify what he really meant.
Jon Stewart Mocks CNN's 'Virtual Convention'
A fixture on
The Daily Show during election season has become Jon Stewart ruthlessly mocking CNN's expensive new gizmos, gadgets, and exasperated Anderson Cooper expressions. One night, he took the network to task for its “Virtual Convention,” a 3D simulation showing little people holding up signs for their candidates. Suffice it to say, Stewart did not hold back.
Jon Stewart Rips Fox’s Liz Trotta Over Comments On Military Women Who Are ‘Raped Too Much’
Stewart seemed positively “horrortained” by both Rick Santorum and Fox News contributor Liz Trotta‘s reaction to news that the Pentagon is allowing women in the military to participate in front-line combat.
Jon Stewart Mocks NBC’s Edited 911 Zimmerman Tapes With His Own Bad Edits
NBC got into trouble for airing an edited version of George Zimmerman's 911 call to report Trayvon Martin before fatally shooting him. Stewart played the edited tape and listened in awe as a pivotal bit of the conversation simply disappeared.
How egregious was the editing? Stewart demonstrated by using similar editing on clips of “Jeopardy!” contestants and wondering why they kept asking what totally commonplace words are.
Jon Stewart Ridicules Fox News’ Sudden Embrace Of Romney
Stewart took a look at the relationship of Romney and Fox News in this segment. It’s Fox’s job, he said, to get Romney elected. But that’s a little contradictory, since they weren’t exactly keen on him throughout the primary race.
So how will they handle this change of heart? Stewart took a look at some of their pivots. And he wasn’t convinced.
Jon Stewart ‘Recreates’ CNN’s Primary Coverage Aimlessly Wandering The Daily Show Set
The poll numbers for Michigan's Republican primary took a while to come in. Stewart noticed that the delay meant that cable news networks had to find something - anything – to fill that time with, from talking about their hometowns to, as Anderson Cooper did, just wander around the studio and talk to some backstage producers, only to not really get any news.
Jon Stewart Tears Apart CNN’s Over-The-Top Coverage Of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee was a big cause for celebration across the pond — and CNN tried desperately to make us Americans care. Jon Stewart took notice, mocking the struggling network for their over-the-top, melodramatic coverage of the occasion -- which included Piers Morgan's "speechless" awe at a large boat doing a 360-degree turn.
Jon Stewart Skewers Fox News For Using Edited Obama Video To Criticize Immigration Policy
Earlier this week, Sean Hannity aired a clip of President Obama saying he doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally change laws. Hannity used this clip against the president, attacking Obama’s method of enacting new immigration policy. Stewart took aim at this line of argument, criticizing Fox News for cutting off the video just before the president clarified his remark.
Jon Stewart Tells Fox News To ‘Shut The F*ck Up’ About Bill Maher’s Offensive Rants
In the wake of Rush Limbaugh's controversial remarks about Sandra Fluke, many on the right took to criticizing the left's own controversialist Bill Maher for his contemptible use of the "c-word."
Stewart agreed that Maher's remarks are offensive, but concluded, “Fox: shut the f*ck up about how victimized you and you alone are. Nobody cares."
With contributions from Mediaite intern Jack Friedman
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