After months of being asked, Jon Stewart finally appeared on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend.
The primary discussion point was bias in the media which the “Daily Show” host continually told Chris Wallace is far more prevalent on FNC than at all the other news organizations (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: You love to take shots at FOX News.
JON STEWART, HOST: Yes, I do.
WALLACE: Over the years, you have called us — and we’re going to put this on the screen because this is heavy stuff.
WALLACE: “A biased organization, relentlessly promoting an ideological agenda under the rubric of being a news organization.”
WALLACE: And — I actually think that’s slightly the wrong use for the word rubric.
“A relentless agenda-driven, 24-hour news opinion propaganda delivery system.”
WALLACE: Where do you come up with this stuff?
STEWART: It’s actually quite easy when you feel it. You got to feel it in your soul, you know?
WALLACE: Well, here’s the deal. Are you willing to say the same thing about the mainstream media, about ABC, CBS, NBC, “Washington Post,” “New York Times”?
WALLACE: Would you say the same thing about them that they are — in your words — a propaganda delivery system relentlessly pushing a liberal agenda?
STEWART: No, I wouldn’t say that.
Yes, he really said “No.” Not surprisingly, Wallace pressed the point:
WALLACE: Why not?
STEWART: MSNBC is attempting that. I think they’re attempting. They’ve looked at your business model and they have seen the success of it. And I think they’re attempting to be a more activist organization.
WALLACE: You don’t think “The New York Times” is a liberal organization?
WALLACE: Pushing a liberal agenda?
STEWART: “The New York Times,” no. I think they are to a certain extent. Do I think they’re relentlessly activist? No. In a purely liberal partisan way? No, I don’t.
Only a liberal New Yorker would say on national television the New York Times isn’t biased. Makes you wonder if he’s ever read any of their editorials, doesn’t it?
STEWART: I think is this — FOX is a very special —
WALLACE: I want the shutters to go from your eyes because I’m going to prove it to you in the next few minutes.
STEWART: Oh, OK. I don’t — I’m excited about that.
WALLACE: Here we go.
STEWART: Can I tell you this? I love to learn!
WALLACE: Even you make fun of the fact that “The New York Times” and the “Washington Post” when this document dump of 24,000 e-mails of Sarah Palin was released, and they got so excited about it, they asked their readers, help us. Go through these 24,000 documents.