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About (Late) Last Night: Jon Stewart says he got Chris Wallace to admit Fox News is biased [Video]

June 21, 2011 |  8:39 am

This weekend, Jon Stewart paid a visit to "Fox News Sunday" where he and host Chris Wallace discussed journalistic ethics, media bias and the danger of misinformed viewers.

At the beginning of Monday night's "Daily Show," Stewart took a few minutes to expound on the interview, which he felt had been edited in a somewhat manipulative fashion.

"I suggested that the true bias of the mainstream news is not particularly liberal, but towards sensationalism and conflict," Stewart said. As if to prove his point, the Huffington Post ran an item on Stewart's appearance on its homepage.  The headline, written in enormous red letters, read "YOU'RE INSANE!" and featured an angry-looking shot of Stewart.

"By the way, we had to re-create that page because even though it was apparently the most important news ever, they took it down like an hour later, so we couldn't get a screenshot," Stewart said.

He directed viewers to the unedited version online, where his "emotional states don't seem to change so arbitrarily" and which plays "a little less like a scene from 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.'"

Kidding aside, the edited version of the interview left out what Stewart considered "the takeaway moment" of his conversation with Wallace, in which the host "basically gives away the game."

Stewart cut to the moment in question, in which Wallace concedes that Fox acts as a "counterweight" to MSNBC and that it tells "the other side of the story."

"Because as we know, news only comes in two sides," Stewart joked. 

What do you think? Was this the "gotcha" moment Stewart thinks it was?

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