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About (Late) Last Night: Fox News 'jealous' [Video]

July 20, 2011 |  8:55 am

Tuesday's late-night television was unusually buzzworthy: While Jon Stewart conducted an awkward interview with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake chronicled "The History of Rap Part 2" and "Office" star Jenna Fischer officially announced her pregnancy on "The Tonight Show."

But the real story of the day was News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch's doddering testimony before a Parliamentary committee--and the juvenile shaving cream-throwing incident that disrupted it. As he often is, Jon Stewart was there to point out what he sees as the hypocrisy and general malfeasance at Fox News.

Stewart began by reminding viewers of the magnitude of the ever-widening hacking-and-bribery scandal, which so far has led to the resignation of London's top two policemen, and the arrests of former News of the World editor and Conservative party spokesman Andy Coulson as well as Rebekah Brooks, who until Friday ran News Corp.'s British operations. As if that weren't enough, Sean Hoare, the reporter who first blew the whistle on the hacking at News of the World, was found dead on Monday. In other words: It's a huge, huge deal.

Photos: Rupert Murdoch attack joins the pantheon of pie throwing

Stewart then turned his satirical gaze to his favorite target, Fox News--which is a subsidiary of News Corp. He claimed that the network "has been reticent to dumpster-dive into any aspect of the story other than their sheer disappointment at their competitors' behavior," then cut to a montage of Fox News personalities accusing the "left-wing" media of ganging up on Murdoch.

"Perhaps they don't have Fox's finely tuned sense of proportionality, they don't have the ability to be able to spot stories of real criminality and import like the crimes of, let's say, NPR," Stewart said, a reference to the network's fire-breathing coverage of supposed liberal bias at National Public Radio.

"This overreaction to what is, at most, an epic bribery and influence-peddling scandal consuming Britain's political law enforcement and journalistic establishment is really a waste of everyone's time," he declared sarcastically.

The real reason Fox News and other News Corp. outlets are upset, according to Stewart, is that they are missing out on the fun. "Imagine the frustration the punmasters over there must be feeling. They're missing out on the chance to shame a high-profile media mogul, make nasty insinuations about his second-in-command, indulge in puns about her personal appearance. And the death of a whistleblower? Right, I mean, it's easy," he said, as pun-filled fake headlines ("Ginger Snaps!", "Hackery, Dickery, 'Doch", "News Corpse") flashed across the screen.

Almost makes you feel sorry for them...almost.


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--Meredith Blake