Jon Stewart on Fox on Obama, the master of distraction

According to Fox News analysts, President Obama’s recent focus on so trifling an issue as income inequality is a transparent and pitiful effort to distract attention from the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare.

Jon Stewart did a hilarious send-up of this on Tuesday night’s “Daily Show” (video below). He started with a review of Obama’s recent interview with Bill O’Reilly during the run-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast on Fox in which Obama directly addressed Fox’s tendency to focus on anything that might be embarrassing to the White House.

Stewart then expanded into a longer piece on the tendency of Fox to accuse Obama of engaging in “distraction” tactics any time the president devotes any attention to any issue other than the one Fox is obsessing on at the time (which is, at any given time, whichever story Fox has decided is the Obama scandal of the moment which, over recent months, has ranged from Benghazi to the IRS to NSA eavesdropping to Obama’s shameful unwillingness to bomb Iran.

Of course, fairness requires acknowledging that Stewart is exaggerating for humorous effect and that his crack researchers have compiled a mash-up of only those moments they could find from Fox that support the satirical point. Still, it’s a recurring Fox meme and Stewart had so much fun with it that I had to pass along the video, from the “Daily Show” website, which comes in two parts, about three minutes each.

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/05/2014 - 10:44 am.

    It’s hard to

    caricature a caricature.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 02/05/2014 - 12:06 pm.

    If O’Reilly and Fox News

    didn’t ask Obama about the Obamacare fiasco, the Benghazi fiasco, the IRS scandal, the NSA snooping, etc. in the interview, what would Obama and Jon Stewart *want* them to ask him about in the interview?

    His golf score? He’s got the rest of America’s alleged press corp to ask that.

    Obama is so used to being treated with kid gloves by the press, he was genuinely offended that someone would ask him relevant questions. And what most people came away with from that interview was Obama’s unwillingness to answer the questions.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/05/2014 - 02:46 pm.

      The questions are only relevent

      to people who are going to keep on asking until they get the answers that fit their purposes, whether they bear any resemblance to reality or not.
      ‘We’ve already been through that’ becomes the only reasonable response.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 02/05/2014 - 02:54 pm.

      Actually, Dennis…

      what people in the real world took away from that interview is what an absolute putz Bill O’Reilly is.

    • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 02/05/2014 - 03:59 pm.

      Too much Perry Mason, Mr. Tester?

      First, did you really think that Mr. Obama would break down in tears at the end of questioning and accept full responsibility for everything from out-of wedlock births, to Benghazi and the IRS, all to the satisfaction of “Perry” O’Reilly?

      I have to laugh to think that anyone would believe a ten-minute interview of an accomplished politician on 20 different topics would be ground-breaking in any way. 10 minutes is barely getting wound-up on a specific topic. Haven’t you watched any of the presidential debates? Any politician can fill 10 minutes without a sweat.

      Instead, it’s all part of the Fox show for you, Mr. Tester. O’Reilly playing to his audience, not really interested in the answers, just punching the ticket on the favorite conservative topics, from pregnant black women to Benghazi. Talk over the answers, jump to the next question, because those who Fox cares about, won’t believe a word of Obama’s answers.

      Read the transcript–all the nothingness in the interview is plain to see. A real journalist would be embarrassed.

      By the way, isn’t it the conservative media all worked up about Obama’s golf score? That’s the only place that has devoted thousands of column-inches to his game.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 02/05/2014 - 04:58 pm.


      FOX news could ask Obama about why he let corporate lobbyists negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership and keep those negotiations secret from the Congress and US citizens. They could also ask why (if he’s so liberal) he’s pushing so hard on something that his supporters are opposed to and ALEC is also pushing hard for.

      But FOX will never do that. Obama being in the pocket of Corporate America doesn’t fit their narrative of his being a socialist bent on destroying capitalism.

      • Submitted by Joe Musich on 02/07/2014 - 09:22 pm.

        Now here’s news nobody seems to willing to touch …

        except Amy Goodman and Democarcy Now ! And of course alot of other people who do not control huge news networks .Thanks Frank

    • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 02/05/2014 - 04:59 pm.

      You can’t do that!

      You can’t put the words Fox and news in the same sentence because they are not related. It is strictly Fox Entertainment for the very few. Fox would rather manufacture the news than report on it.

  3. Submitted by Tom Karas on 02/05/2014 - 12:48 pm.

    Thank you Mr. Tester

    Yes, an unwillingness to answer questions………… that makes about as much sense as voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act the eleventh time it had failed ten times before. And then by the thirty fifth effort it suddenly seemed to make much more sense to the Faux News devotees. Trying to make O’Reilly look like a real journalist is about as smart as getting real energy information from a retired fossil fuel engineer.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 02/05/2014 - 07:31 pm.


    ” in which Obama directly addressed Fox’s tendency to focus on anything that might be embarrassing to the White House.”

    It actually would be quite difficult to find something NOT embarrassing to the White House, which is probably why Fox chooses the easy route.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 02/06/2014 - 08:43 am.

      Actually not that interesting Tom

      Again, you can only find embarrassing things if you turn over your thought process to Fox News. Those of us living in the real world can point to ending wars, killing Bin Laden, reducing the deficit and instituting healthcare reform as some of the positives. But of course, in the Anderson/Fox world, that’s just not part of the Preconceived Agenda

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