Stewart highlighted Fox Newsers calling Bergdahl a “deserter,” a “deserter or traitor or both,” among other things. Last Friday, Fox News reporter James Rosen cited “secret reports” indicating that Bergdahl had declared himself a “mujahid” — and Fox News broadcasts picked up on the theme, which Stewart also satirized. In a Friday appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Rosen was asked to define the sergeant, prompting this reply: “Probably in some respects as a kind of modern-day Lee Harvey Oswald,” said Rosen.
Stewart jumped: “In just a few days, this guy Bowe Bergdahl went from guy who left base without permission to ‘Muslim-terrorist-Kennedy-assassin.’ ”
Bowe Bergdahl’s “traitorous terror conversion,” Stewart riffed, wouldn’t be “as credible if his father wasn’t a high-ranking Taliban official.” That was the point of departure for Stewart’s discussion of Fox News’s fascination with the beard grown by Robert Bergdahl. Though Bill O’Reilly got a “Muslim” vibe from that particular beard, Stewart got an “Amish vibe.” Several easy, low-hanging-fruit beard jokes ensued. Rarely has Stewart had to work so little for a Fox News-based segment.