GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel, July 17, 2014 — Jon Stewart’s attack on Israel earlier this week was, even by the standards of America’s debased media, beyond the pale. From it we can conclude just one thing.
Jon Stewart is a jerk.
Is Stewart’s “The Daily Show” just a satire? A 2004 Pew Research Poll cited by ABC News found that “21 percent of people aged 18 to 29 cited “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” as a place where they regularly learned presidential campaign news.” By contrast, only “23 percent of the young people mentioned ABC, CBS or NBC’s nightly news broadcasts as a source.”
A 2007 Pew Poll, cited by The New York Times, found that “when Americans were asked … to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN.” The 2007 poll concluded that “‘The Daily Show’ is clearly impacting American dialogue” and “getting people to think critically about the public square.”
That was seven years ago.
Jon Stewart, who whether he wants it or not has tremendous influence over young adults and therefor a great deal of responsibility, chose to distort the truth on the current war between Israel and Gaza. He also mocked the people of Israel, who have spent the past month fleeing for their bomb shelters day in and day out as Hamas and Fatah terrorists rain rockets down on them.
Here is the video of Stewart’s disgraceful rant:
A clearer example of a self-hating Jew could not be found.
Stewart has decided to attack Israel the only way Israel can be attacked in this war — by grossly distorting the facts.
Stewart argues that it is unfair that Israelis have a smartphone app that warns them when a rocket is coming, while the Palestinians are not warned at all. The fact that Israel has been constantly dropping leaflets and making phone calls to Gaza residents to get out of their homes far before the bombing begins has been widely reported, including in the Arab media. Even the clip Stewart shows following this statement, which discusses phone calls made from the Israeli Defense Force to Gaza residents, negates his initial point, but he doesn’t care because the damage has already been done.
Despite Stewart’s self-contradiction, his ignorant audience has already watched him describe the apparent disparity between the two sides, portraying the Palestinians in Gaza as the helpless underdogs. It doesn’t matter to him that Hamas, which was elected by the people of Gaza, are the self-proclaimed aggressors. It doesn’t matter to him the Israel has unilaterally agreed to not only a cease-fire, but a pause in fighting to allow humanitarian aid to be transferred into the Gaza Strip. That offer was met by more rocket fire.
Most importantly, it doesn’t matter to him that Israeli citizens are warned about rockets because of Israeli ingenuity and an Israeli government that cares about its citizens, while Gazans are not warned because their government wants as many civilian causalities as possible, not because of any actions or inactions by Israel herself.
Facts are an inconvenience to a liberal self-hater like John Stewart. Comparing apples to oranges works better when you want to smear the Jewish State.
There are a number of other insane misrepresentations in the segment. The fact that Gazans have nowhere to run, when Israel calls to warn of an impending attack is not because Israel and Egypt trap them there, but because Hamas terrorists hold them on location at gunpoint, or because many Gaza residents volunteer to rush up onto the roofs of potential bomb sites to deter the most humane army in the world, the IDF, from protecting its own people because it may come at the cost of presumably innocent Palestinian lives.
This video of an IAF pilot calling off a bombing after spotting children on a roof has gone viral on the internet, but John Stewart must not have been online that day.
Finally, the reason the reporter in Gaza wears a bulletproof vest while the reporter in Tel Aviv does not is not, as Stewart suggests, because Israel is hammering Gaza while life in Israel is fine and dandy. A bulletproof vest would not help against an Israeli bombing. The vest is more likely being worn to avoid being murdered by Hamas terrorists who do not take kindly to non-radical Muslims in their territories.
The most insidious part of Stewart’s monologue on the war is not his twisting of the truth, but the casual nature with which he portrays Israel under fire.
Making jokes about the Code Red app that warns Israelis about incoming missiles, and insinuating that Israelis are living comfortably while Gaza is being pounded, strikes a very raw chord.
Has Stewart been woken up in the middle of the night by his son or daughter crying because they thought they heard another air raid siren?
Has Stewart trembled every time a car door slams too loudly because he is traumatized by the sound of the Iron Dome intercepting an incoming missile, reminding all who hear it just how close they came to death for the umpteenth time this month?
No, Stewart sits in his comfy studio in Los Angeles, preaches to the world on how unbalanced this war is and ridicules a country that has done more to save Israelis and Palestinians during this conflict than anyone else in the world.
Jon Stewart has shown zero integrity when it comes to reporting this battle, and 13 Emmys do not give anyone the right to re-write the truth. Be it arrogance or hate, Stewart has exposed himself as an ardent Israel-hater and it is terribly depressing that he is considered a political authority in the United States.
Many have noted that Israeli PR, which has always been subpar, has bungled yet again with this war. However, after watching Stewart’s two and a half minutes of b.s., it is abundantly clear that no matter how stellar Israel’s advocates are, the Jewish State will never get a fair shake from the media.
The truth doesn’t fit Jon Stewart’s narrative, so, coward that he is, he hides behind his inane laugh and childish F-Bombs, as he seeks to trick the world into thinking Israel is indiscriminately attacking the people of Gaza.
It is time for America to reconsider who it allows into their living rooms. Jon Stewart and his ilk will stop at nothing to push their radical anti-Israel agendas, even if it comes at the price of truth, and it is time that the country permanently changes the channel.
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