Jon Stewart admitted Wednesday night that he was indeed obsessed with Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show — in the way one obsesses about something that seems to have come out of a “more medieval time.”
Hannity tore into Stewart Tuesday night for calling the Fox News host’s support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his band of anti-government demonstrators “hypocritical.” Hannity insisted the comedian was “kind of obsessed” with his show, and criticized him for, among other things, inviting musician Cat Stevens to a rally after Stevens endorsed a fatwa on novelist Salman Rushdie.
“Correct, Mr. Hannity, mistake. I should have looked into it more, I should have known better,” Stewart said. “I’m just not sure you’re the best guy to make the guilt-by-musician-association point.”
He then played back a clip in which Hannity showed a tape of rocker Ted Nugent calling President Barack Obama a “piece of sh*t” right before introducing the gun activist as a “friend and frequent guest on the program.”
“For all the disingenuous, hypocritical, non-factual, corrosive, hacky, awful word-turds that you speak, you did get one thing right,” Stewart said. “I am obsessed with your program.”
“I am obsessed with your program in the same way that I’m obsessed with antibiotic-resistant superbugs or the Pacific garbage patch or the KFC Double Down,” he continued. “Because I just can’t believe that in this day and age, with all that we know, this sh*t is out there. That humanity, that our society, is still weighed down by these burdens of a seemingly more medieval time. Like your show.”
“What is so fascinating is the paradox at the heart of your show,” Stewart added. “That your purely blind partisan impulses are couched in such lofty principle.”
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