Jon Stewart took Fox News Channel to task on Monday night over what he sees as hypocrisy surrounding its coverage of the tragic Charleston church shooting.
The Comedy Central host rolled a number of clips with Fox News talking heads claiming outrage towards liberals who have already politicized the senseless killings. Conservatives on the right-leaning cable news network believe that those on the left — including President Obama — have used the mass-murder as an opportunity to tout agendas, such as gun control, before the bodies of the victims are even buried.
“It’s almost like a sickness,” Sean Hannity commented, “Oh, wait, tragedy happens — let’s see how we can advance our narrative.”
“Yes, it’s a sickness,” Stewart deadpanned. “This rush to use tragedy to advance your narrative.”
“Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony — you’ve got yourself a full-blown case of Fox-abetes,” he continued.
Stewart then ran a bunch of clips proving that Fox News doesn’t quite always practice what it preaches. And if you think Hannity got it bad, just wait until Rich Lowry’s turn.
Later, Stewart showed that his ire wasn’t all with the Roger Ailes-led channel. The comedian called Charleston itself “Confederate Epcot” at the end of his “Wack Flag” segment.