Jon Stewart Slams Politico's Paranoid, Bogus Story About His Meetings With Obama
Tiger Beat-on-the-Potomac Politico ran a rather goofy, thin story Tuesday about two meetings Jon Stewart had with President Obama, one in 2011 and one in 2014. The story was framed as a great revelation -- more specifically a "secret" -- despite the fact that both meetings were clearly listed in the online White House visitor logs and neither seemed to amount to more than a 7-minute face-to-face.
Stewart was quick to mock the nonstory. “It was a roundtable meeting with President Obama, Elvis, Minister Farrakhan, and the Area 51 alien,” Stewart ribbed. “We opened with the traditional Saul Alinsky prayer, sucked on the blood of the righteous, and took turns fucking a replica of the Reagan eye socket."
Stewart then proceeded to play a series of clips of right-wing media uncritically echoing the claim until eventually hedging on its catchy, clandestine headline involving secret meetings. Because that's the thing: as many noted upon the story's publication (including yours truly) there was nothing at all secret about their meetups. Just because no one reports something doesn't make it a secret; it probably just makes it uninteresting.
Which, it turns out, this story ultimately was.
Watch the clip below.