It started last week with Stewart going after Fox News' hypocrisy in their coverage, which he succinctly summed up by telling them to "go f**k yourselves."
In response to Stewart's slam, Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg spoke directly to Stewart on the airwaves, saying "You are not nearly as edgy as you think you are. You are just a safe Jay Leno with a much smaller audience." He also said that Stewart "clearly wanted to be a social commentator, more than just a comedian."
Stewart had a number of memorable lines last night as he broke down Goldberg's argument:
"Comedians do social commentary through comedy. That's how it's worked for thousands of years. I have not moved out of the comedian's box into the news box. The news box is moving towards me."Stewart then capped it off by reiterating his "go f**k yourselves" message with the help of a gospel choir. And for good measure, he declared FOX News "the lupus of news." (Watch the legendary segment)
"You can't criticize me for not being 'fair and balanced.' That's your slogan. Which by the way, you never follow. Which brings us back to the essence of the whole 'go f**k yourself piece.'"
"Who ever said I was edgy? I never thought I was edgy. And two, if you think I am Leno with the f-bomb? You know even less about comedy than you do about media and politics."
"Look I'm sorry I told you to go f**k yourself last week (and that other time, like, six months ago.) I know that I criticize you and Fox News a lot, but only because you're truly a terrible, cynical, disingenuous news organization."
Update: Stewart brought back the gospel choir for another rousing "go f**k yourself," this time aimed at radical Muslims who threatened the creators of South Park over their depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
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