Epic ‘Daily Show’ Vine Captures 50 Fox News Fibs in Six Seconds
We still have a few months until Jon Stewart ends his tenure as host of The Daily Show, but if Wednesday night’s episode is any indication, the comedian and his team are determined to go out in a blaze of glory. Stewart took on recent statements from some Fox News hosts that he uses “dishonest editing” and that his stories “have no foothold in the facts” by turning the spotlight on a few of the fibs that have been said on the air at that network.
Stewart hilariously challenged Fox News to a “lie-off” and ran a six-second Vine video featuring 50 mistruths that have been spoken by talking heads at Fox since 1999.
Although the loop can be paused, it flips through fibs such as “8.3 million fewer Americans are working under President Obama” and “People will go to jail if they don’t buy health insurance” pretty quickly. So in case anyone still thinks Stewart and company are taking advantage of creative editing tricks, the Tampa Bay Times’ “PunditFact” column was kind enough to take on the task of fact-checking the statements. According to its tally, given the number of falsehoods and “pants on fire” statements made on the network, Fox News is definitely winning Stewart’s “lie-off” challenge.
This is only the second Vine video ever created by The Daily Show team (the first was what happened when Rahm Emanuel supposedly sent some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza), and it’s a smart move to put the takedown of Fox News on the short video service. The shareability means that folks who use social media but might not watch an episode of The Daily Show are now aware of the problem some Fox News hosts have telling the truth. In less than 24 hours, the clip has racked up more than a million views and thousands of likes on the platform.
We have a feeling that in the future, folks at Fox might think twice before they call Stewart dishonest.