The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened his show this Monday by taking on the hypocrites over at Faux "news" for their carping that President Obama and the left have supposedly "politicized" the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina this week and that it's of course, "too early" to have a discussion about gun control, or racism, or whatever else they'd prefer we not talk about because they don't want to offend their racist audience.
After showing a montage of the talking heads over there, ending with Sean Hannity saying this:
HANNITY: It's almost like a sickness that, you know, a tragedy happens, let's see how we can advance our narrative.
Stewart let him have it.
STEWART: Yes. It's a sickness. This rush to use tragedy to advance... your narrative. Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony -- you've got yourself a full blown case of Fox-abetes.
You know, they're amazing. They are amazing at what they do. Remind me of this past December when two New York City cops were tragically killed during a time when people were protesting police shootings of unarmed black men. Talk to me about the restraint Fox used in not advancing their narrative.
Cue the Fox yappers in full blown attack mode, claiming Mayor Bill de Blasio has blood on his hands and attacking President Obama and those on the left for supposedly being the ones making racial tensions worse in New York.
As Stewart noted, despite the pleas from the likes of Fox not to do anything about what happened, and the public is rising up and demanding that the Confederate flag be removed from the grounds of the state capitol.
After getting his digs in on the legislators in South Carolina who passed a law requiring that it takes 2/3 of them to vote to get the flag removed and the fact that it's the absolute very least that should be done, Stewart whacked them for the fact that the flag was one of the least of their troubles.
STEWART: In Charleston, Emanuel AME Church is on Calhoun St., named for former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Let's call him the racist Christopher Lloyd. He was 19th century America's foremost defender of slavery, the guy who said slavery wasn't a necessary evil, but a positive good.
That's the address that this church has to have on their letterhead. Take a short walk down the street, you're at the Daughters of the Confederacy's Confederate Museum. The Rebel uniforms are venerated like the Shroud of Turin.
I touched General Lee's tunic. It cured my shingles.
You can't spit your tabacci in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery, because in the context of Charleston's extensive Confederate porn industry, the flag is just the money shot.
That town is like Confederate Epcot.
Stewart followed up with some very funny and irreverent perspective from his correspondents, Jordon Klepper and Jessica Williams, with Klepper doing his best schtick as the tone deaf white guy who ignores any complaints he hears from black people like Williams, and Williams turning to her new friend, "helper whitey" after being fed up with the likes of Klepper.