After Jon Stewart took on Fox News’ obsession with organic-salmon-eating food stamp abusers, host Eric Bolling thought he’d “school” the comedian in public assistance fraud.
“You thought we were ridiculing you for exposing government waste? No, that’s a reasonable thing to expose,” Stewart said, serious for a moment on Thursday’s “The Daily Show.” “What we were ridiculing was the way you exaggerate the scope of public assistance abuse through random, often unprovable anecdotes.”
He blasted the network for broadcasting the idea that the impoverished are “sh**ty” people by virtue of their poverty and are made “sh**tier” by taking advantage of food stamps. Just because six different Fox News shows trotted out the same “food stamp abuse bigfoot” doesn’t mean one lobster-eating surfer represents millions of Americans on food assistance, he said.
Stewart then called Bolling out on the hypocrisy of railing against food assistance while supporting a “pittance” of $4 billion in government subsidies to oil companies.
“So what I have learned today from my ‘teacher’ is that $3 billion dollars of taxpayer money is greater than $4 billion dollars of taxpayer money. I think we’re done here,” he said.