Sean Hannity has answered back to Jon Stewart’s take-down of Donald Trump, Fox News, and others, calling the former Daily Show host a “fool” and an “idiot” on the air. Stewart fought against Fox News, often calling out hypocritical reporting, for many years from his Daily Show desk. A lot has changed since he left the air, but it looks like his fight with Sean Hannity remains exactly the same.
Jon Stewart borrowed Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to rip Donald Trump and Fox News on Friday. The cable news network has been rocked by a sexual harassment scandal that forced Roger Ailes, the Fox News chief, to resign. But it was Stewart’s accusations of hypocritical reporting, including his collegial nickname for Sean Hannity — “Lumpy” — and attacks on Trump that hit the headlines the hardest.
According to Mediaite, Jon Stewart started off by calling attention to the many times Hannity went after Obama for authoritarianism or prompter-reading, and the zero times he went after Trump for the same things.
“Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned authoritarian less-than-Christian readers of prompter being president, or they don’t care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter authoritarian tyrant narcissist.”
A constant peeve for Jon Stewart has been references to “real America” by conservative politicians, which imply that places like New York or other big cities are somehow less a part of the country. The political commentator’s answer to Trump’s use of the rhetoric was simple, “This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it!”
“You don’t own patriotism; you don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for military, police and firefighters.”
Sean Hannity’s response to Stewart was equally direct, “I see they brought that idiot Jon Stewart back from the dead.”
Hannity went on to say that the former Daily Show host has his head “so far up Obama’s a**… I’ve never seen anybody kiss an a** like you kiss his.”
As for hypocrisy, Sean Hannity had his own beef with Jon Stewart, questioning how much the comedian was doing to help America’s poor.
“I know you’re a rich liberal. Are you donating money to those families, the 46 million American families on food stamps, Jon? Hey, Jon, are you helping out the 50 million Americans in poverty? Hey, Jon, are you going to help use your wealth from all your comedy writers that lay out the material for you, are you going to help pay down the debt that Obama’s accumulated?”
The back-and-forth looks like the many, many feuds between Stewart and the Fox News television personalities, but there are a few crucial differences at the cable news channel, most notably the resignation of Roger Ailes, former Chairman and CEO of Fox News.
Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sabotaging her career because she refused to have sex with him. The Washington Post described Carlson as “determined” to fight the powerful media executive, putting together her own legal team and quietly working for months to gather material for the lawsuit.
Her claims inspired 25 other women to come forward with similar accusations, leading to the swift embarrassment and ouster of Ailes. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has stepped in temporarily while Fox News goes through this transitional phase. There’s currently no telling if Murdoch will change some of Ailes long-time and controversial editorial policies.
Both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart let it be known (sarcastically) that the resignation brought them no pleasure, despite years of lampooning the executive. Donald Trump was not sarcastic when he described the situation with Ailes as “so sad,” according to CNN Money. Sean Hannity’s radio rampage against Jon Stewart is below, warning — there is some profanity.
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