Jon Stewart clearly had entirely too much fun Tuesday replying to Sean Hannity’s pissy little tirade about Jon Stewart’s coverage of Hannity’s hypocritical coverage of the Bundy Ranch Freedom Cow Jamboree. Round three of the volley was just about everything you could want from a Daily Show segment. And just to be clear, Stewart is not “obsessed” with Hannity — although he was pretty thrilled that Hannity knows his name and said it right on TV! (“The ‘hack’ thing hurts a little.”) But do Hannity and Stewart need to fight, even? After all, says Stewart,
I am sympathetic to critics of eminent domain and those who feel that Obama’s jack booted thugs should never have signed that executive order extending those federal grazing fees indefinitely… I’m sorry, did I say Obama? I meant, uh, Ronald Reagan.
Besides, this isn’t even about the law. It’s that mean old overreaction by the feds, who for some reason thought that maybe they needed a bunch of armed agents after 20 years of unpaid fees and threats of violence from the Bundy family. Hannity is only in favor of a calm, proportional response, said Hannity, and so of course the Daily Show team was off to the tape archive, and we get clips of Hannity praising the UC Davis pepper spray cop and NYPD’s stop-and-frisk, which may have been a little overreaching, maybe.
And then Stewart moves on to the weird stuff. Hannity devoted a fair bit of attention to the presence of Cat Stevens, aka Yusef Islam, “the fatwa guy” at Stewart’s 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Point taken, says Stewart — but “I’m just not sure you’re the best guy to make the guilt-by-musician association point.” Roll the clip of Ted Nugent advising Barack Obama, that “piece of shit,” to “suck on my machine gun,” followed by Hannity saying, “That was friend and frequent guest on the program Ted Nugent…”‘ But Stewart did at least admit to his Hannity obsession,
“in the same way I’m obsessed with antibiotic-resistant super-bugs, or the Pacific garbage patch, or the KFC Double Down: Because I just can’t believe that in this day and age with all that we know, this shit is out there.”
And if Sean Hannity is such a fan of the Founders, especially the resolute George Washington, then maybe he should think about how Washington handled “an armed group of federal government rejectionists who wouldn’t pay their taxes” — no need to speculate about that, since Washington handily crushed the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, “I guess you would say ‘disproportionately.'”