Back In August, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart criticized Fox News personalities for complaining about how the events of Ferguson were being portrayed as a racial matter. “Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it. Imagine how f—ing exhausting it is living it,” riffed Stewart.
It was only a matter of time before Stewart returned to Fox and Ferguson. On his program last night, Stewart did his best to survey the sort of opinions that Fox News has offered in the aftermath of last Monday’s announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury had declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
What he found was a certain conspiracy theory. “Ferguson burns because of in part a mindset was created by Al Sharpton, by Eric Holder and the president,” noted Fox News host Sean Hannity. Stewart riffed: “Be honest, my friend. Are those the three people responsible or did you just name the only three black guys you could think of?”
To sum up the Fox News argument, Stewart provided this analysis: “A gentleman on Fox News said that black people have been convinced by a network of shrewd propagandists that they are somehow victims, and that is wrong — to agitate a population, to scare them utilizing all the tools of modern communication — graphics, music, etc. — to stoke these people into a resentful frenzy. Fox News feels that’s just damaging to this great nation and tears at our very fabric. I can’t imagine anyone would do such a thing — just roll the [expletive] tape.”
At that point, the cable archivists of the “Daily Show” took center stage, pushing out a mashup of Fox News clips in which Fox News people do exactly the same thing they’re accusing Ferguson inciters of doing. Some quotes from the supercut: “The president is selling class warfare….Is there a growing anti-white people movement in America?…The feds and many state governments are working hard to take away your guns…We have terrorists crossing the Mexican border….We are under tyranny now.”
In other words, Fox News folks know incitement inside and out: “It almost makes you think that the crime that they’re really upset about over there isn’t race pimping or race arson. It’s race plagiarism,” said Stewart in concluding his segment.