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Jon Stewart Appreciates Fox News' 'Genius' Obama, Putin Coverage


"That's why you can appreciate the genius of Fox News," Stewart said. "They see this, they immediately know what it is and that it's enormously important."

After Fox showed a clip of Ronald Reagan looking strong and stately during the Cold War, Stewart was satisfied.

"That, my friends, is how it's done," he said. "That's how you take a few seconds of Obama video, turn it into a rich soup of decontextualized imagery designed to bypass the frontal cortex and go straight to the amygdala of old people, triggering cascades of dopamine and giving them all a giant Reagan boner. It's why they're No. 1."

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