Tearing into Fox News and Sean Hannity on Monday’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart slammed the network for politicizing Dylann Roof’s shooting rampage at an iconic South Carolina church, killing 9 people including a prominent black civil rights leader and senator.
“Yes — it’s a sickness, this rush to use tragedy to advance your narrative,” Stewart said, referring to Hannity. “Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, a little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony, you’ve got yourself a full-blown case of Foxabetes.”
Stewart slammed Fox for being hesitant to acknowledge the racist motives behind Roof’s attack and showed a clip of National Review editor Rich Lowry chiding the media that the “bodies aren’t even cold” in response to the initial coverage of the attack.
Stewart then pointed to an op-ed Lowry published accusing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of opining that “the police are racist” right after the fatal shootings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu last December.
“That came out three days before the funeral of the first officer,” Stewart said. “Barely more than the amount of time between the Charleston shootings and Lowry’s sensitive on-air plea against politicizing a massacre.”
“You can’t spit your tobacky in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery,” Stewart added, agreeing the Confederate flag should be taken down from the S.C. statehouse. “Because in the context of Charleston’s extensive Confederate porn industry, the flag is just the money shot. That town is like Confederate Epcot.”
Watch the segment via Comedy Central in the video below:
h/t The Raw Story