Daily Show host Jon Stewart is considered to be of Liberal outlook, so it will surprise no-one that he revels in going after targets such as Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse). But he does not spare other media players, and this even handed approach was in evidence last week.
Fox “stars” could hardly contain their glee at the election of Scott Brown to the US Senate in the Massachusetts Special Election, and Stewart was on the case to some effect on Wednesday, demonstrating that efforts by Fox’ “stars” to rubbish him were ineffective: the previous week, the singularly righteous and vain Bill O’Reilly had wasted a whole segment of one programme attacking Stewart.
By the next day, though, the Daily Show turned its fire on another cable network, this being MSNBC, where Countdown host Keith Olbermann had been giving the new Senator from Massachusetts both barrels in a manner that Stewart showed to be excessive.
The difference between Olbermann and O’Reilly was shown in the follow up: Olbermann showed the whole of the Daily Show send up of him, then conceded that “I have been a little over the top lately. Point taken. Sorry”.
What you will not see on Fox News Channel.