(Just put Jon Stewart’s name in an article and it draws hits… this was a huge hit back in June because it was part of his ongoing war with FOX News and featured dodgy editing on their part. -Ed.
Jon Stewart appeared on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace, marking his first ever appearance on a Sunday political talk show. Chris had appeared on The Daily Show several times, and Jon returned the favour honouring the open invitation.
The discussion turned to a series of e-mails leaked to Media Matters for America from FOX News executive Bill Sammons on how they deliberately slanted coverage of the news. FOX viewers had that sequence cut completely from their version of the programme.
Not exactly fair and balanced if they eliminate negative references to themselves, now is it?
A full transcript appears after the jump. With thanks to Media Matters for America for their great work.
Here is the full original version:
Here is what FOX News Sunday Aired:
Transcript of exchange (THOSE ITEMS AWKWARDLY LEFT OUT ARE IN ALL CAPS AND BOLD):
STEWART: You can’t understand because of the world you live in that there is not a designed ideological agenda on my part to affect partisan change because that’s the soup you swim in. And I appreciate that. And I understand that. It reminds me of, you know — you know, in ideological regimes, they can’t understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders. AND IF YOU WANT ME TO GO THROUGH BILL SAMMON’S EMAILS AND —
WALLACE: DO YOU THINK I’VE EVER — How do you explain me?
STEWART: OH I THINK YOU DO A NICE JOB. AND I’VE TOLD YOU THAT ON THE SHOW. I THINK YOU’RE ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING —
WALLACE: Do you think I get marching orders?
STEWART: I think that you are here in some respects to bring a credibility and an integrity to an organization that might not otherwise have it, without your presence. So, you are here as a counterweight to Hannity, let’s say, or you are here as a counterweight to Glenn Beck, because otherwise, it’s just pure talk radio and it doesn’t establish the type of political player it wants to be.
To be clear, TV programmes – including The Daily Show – routinely air edited versions of pre-taped interviews, mainly because of time constraints, and Stewart’s unedited interview was roughly 24 minutes while the on-air version was roughly 15 minutes. But it’s hard to imagine that Stewart’s five-second reference to Sammon – a FOX News executive and boss at the DC bureau where Fox News Sunday is produced – was excised just because of time.
FOX News Sunday’s avoidance of Sammon fits a pattern of the network publicly avoiding uncomfortable questions about the controversial Sammon while it touts the credentials of the news bureau he manages.