Comedian Jon Stewart ripped into Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday’s “The Daily Show” for taking up the banner of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.
Bundy was locked in a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management earlier this month over unpaid grazing fees. Hannity gave Bundy a platform to explain his side of the dispute, and strongly implied last week that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the federal government were planning to raid Bundy’s ranch. No raid has since taken place.
“The law isn’t on Bundy’s side, the court isn’t on Bundy’s side, even the Nevada state constitution, which Bundy claims to abide, isn’t on Bundy’s side. Who the hell is on this guy’s side?” Stewart wondered. “Hannity. I still don’t get it.”
The Fox News host’s “puffery” on the Bundy ranch conflict doesn’t mesh with the way he’s approached other news stories about people “scammin’ off the taxpayers,” like the California surfer on food stamps, Stewart said.
“So apparently Sean Hannity thinks laws are served buffet-style, in that you can pick and choose the ones that you like best. The ones you don’t like, you don’t have to abide,” he added. “Well that’s not going to sit well with Fox’s immigration-healthcare-law-expert-pundit … a Mr. Sean Hannity.”
Hannity’s position on the Bundy ranch conflict is so “out there” compared to that of other conservatives, Stewart said, he’s “now made Glenn Beck the voice of reason.”
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