Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

The kickoff to Jon Stewart on Fox News Sunday was a bit odd as Chris Wallace began by complaining, or possibly joking, about the trials and tribulations of being a reporter. He explained that he had done his duty and appeared on The Daily Show back in November. He then wanted the favor returned.

“After months of evasion, disconnected phone numbers, and press agents saying, ‘Who are you again?’ it appears (Jon Stewart) finally ran out of excuses and so (turning to Stewart), Jon Stewart, welcome to Fox News Sunday.”

Not many people are introduced by explaining how many times you had to call them to schedule the interview. Nevertheless, Stewart, who we all know avoids Fox News like the plague (#notintendedtobeafactualstatement), giggled through Wallace’s introduction (by the way, you won’t see it in this clip, but it was in the televised version).

Of course the main crux of the questioning was: “Geez, Jon, don’t you get it? Don’t you see that the mainstream media is biased? Don’t you see that we’re awesome?”

Wallace took a couple of shots at The Daily Show. So here’s the The Daily Show according to Wallace:

  • Herman Cain jokes will now be categorized as Amos-and-Andy-esque.
  • Comedy Central is not a news network like the Fox News.
  • No more genital herpes commercials that mock Sarah Palin.

The interview turned awesome when Stewart finally had it with the accusations that the “mainstream media” (i.e. ABC News) were liberal partisans.

Stewart expressed to Wallace how he felt that the media is attracted to sensationalism not partisanship. He referred to the press conference with Nancy Pelosi in which the media anticipated that she was going to talk about Anthony Weiner resigning.

According to Stewart, “the whole time there’s hand wringing (by the media). ‘I don’t believe we’ve gotta go and do this… The American people don’t care about this. The care about jobs; they care about the economy. That’s what the American people care about.’ We’re about to go live to Speaker Pelosi. She’s about to do that. She steps up to the podium and says what? ‘I’m not gonna comment about Anthony Weiner. I’m gonna talk about jobs and I’m gonna talk about the economy.’ And what did everybody do?”

Wallace responds, “They left.”

“So what’s you proof again about the partisan agenda and what I do?” asked Stewart. “That’s the embarrassment. The embarrassment is that I’m given credibility in this world because of the disappointment that the public has in what the news media does. Not because I have an ideological agenda.”

“I don’t think our viewers are the least bit disappointed with us,” quipped Wallace. “I think our viewers think finally their getting somebody who tells the other side to the story.”

“And in the polls who is the most constituent misinformed media viewers? The most consistently misinformed? Fox. Fox viewers. Consistently! Every poll!” snapped Stewart.

“Can we talk about your network?” begged Wallace.

Great Quote from Stewart:

“I’m pushing comedy and my ideological agenda informs it at all times.

Now, that agenda or my ideology is at times liberal, at times can lean more conservative but it’s about absurdity. It’s about absurdity and it’s about corruption. And that is the agenda that we push. It is an anti-corruption, anti-lack-of-authenticity; it’s anti-contrivance. And if I see that more in one area than I do in another well then…”