WATCH: Jon Stewart Compares 'Wall Street' Justice to 'Occupy Wall Street' Justice
With his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek, Jon Stewart mocked the mainstream media's stalwart defense of the banking industry last night.
"As we all know, every since they innocently crashed our entire economy through purposeful and fraudulent activity, banks and the bankers who...bank them have weathered attacks from all quarters," Stewart teased before showing clips of Larry Kudlow, Stuart Varney and other pundits cheerleading for the banking industry.
Stewart went on to compare the recent guilty plee of Credit Suisse banker Kareem Serageldin to the conviction of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan.
Serageldin admitted to looking the other way as his traders lied about the value of mortgage-backed securities, actions which helped lead to the economic meltdown in 2008. McMillan demonstrated against the banks as part of the Occupy protests in 2011. She was convicted of assaulting a New York City police officer by elbowing him after he grabbed her breast. Serageldin faces a 30-month sentence while McMillan faces up to seven years in prison.
Stewart joked that with one banker and one Occupier behind bars, the two sides are now even.
The segment cut to Samanta Bee, reporting from New York's financial district. She corrected Stewart, saying the score between the two sides are not even:
“Wasn’t this about the 99% against the 1%?” she joked. “That means that one banker is worth 99 protesters. And by my count, that puts us 98 convicted hippies short of true justice.”
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