If there’s one thing we can rely on in the world of political news it’s Jon Stewart brutally mocking the frequent ridiculousness of the supposed “mainstream media.” And let’s be honest, the last few years that really hasn’t been that hard to do – although Stewart does it with a flair of truth and comedy that’s unmatched.
And the missing Malaysian flight really brought out some of the worst “journalism” and media coverage I might have ever had the displeasure of having to watch. While every network had many pathetic moments, CNN took the trophy home for making absolute fools of themselves with their over the top sensationalism.
Well, it seems Jon Stewart has had enough and he absolutely went off tonight in an epic rant against CNN, Fox News and MSNBC for their often times laughable coverage of the missing plane.
Stewart started by teeing off on CNN, saying, “Why don’t we just strap some wings to Wolf Blitzer and let him loose?” He then continued by showing frustration that despite CNN’s outlandish coverage, they saw a big ratings boost as he said that there are actually two stories that came from all of this because “the only thing less likely than an airplane falling out of the sky is CNN’s ratings doubling.”
He then mocked Fox News’ viewers after it was revealed that The O’Reilly Factor had lost younger viewers the week prior, saying that Bill O’Reilly’s younger viewers “are just coming into the room to make sure their parents are still breathing.”
Following that he set his sights on MSNBC for several claims that they wouldn’t stoop to shoddy journalism just to provide news coverage about the missing airliner – then showed a clip of Ed Schultz making asinine claims about terrorism and secret runways being built to hide the plane and asking his viewers to text in to let him know what they thought.
Because you know, that’s solid, respectable coverage.
Stewart said what many of us have been thinking – while a tragedy, the coverage of this missing plane has been an absolute embarrassment. It’s put on display what “journalism” has turned into – a battle to see who can get the highest ratings, to demand the most money from advertisers, no matter how terrible and sensationalized the “news coverage” has to be.
And I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse in the future.