Jon Stewart complained some people 'never shut up' about cancel culture — and Fox News proved him right

Jon Stewart complained some people 'never shut up' about cancel culture — and Fox News proved him right
Jon Stewart in 2016, Wikimedia Commons

When comedian Jon Stewart spoke at the 22nd Annual New Yorker Festival on Sunday, October 10, the former "Daily Show" host complained that people who are obsessed with cancel culture "never seem to shut the fuck up about it." And Fox News, according to Daily Beast media reporter Justin Baragona, responded by proving him right.

Stewart, speaking virtually, told attendees, "Like, there's more speech now than ever before," he continued. "It's not 'you can't say it,' it's that when you say it — look, the internet has democratized criticism. What do we do for a living — we talk shit, we criticize, we postulate, we opine, we make jokes. And now, other people are having their say. And that's not cancel culture, that's relentlessness. We live in a relentless culture."

After Stewart made those comments, Baragona notes, "It didn't take long for Fox News to devote airtime to whining about his comments."

Baragona observes that the Fox News program "Outnumbered" devoted an "entire segment" to Stewart's comments. And cancel culture was also discussed on Harris Faulkner's Fox News program "The Faulkner Focus" as well as various Fox News morning programs.

"Spending an entire segment on Stewart's remarks, Fox News' midday talk show 'Outnumbered' grumbled that the veteran funnyman was 'wrong' to dismiss the scourge of cancel culture. At the same time, however, co-host Emily Compagno seemed to confirm Stewart's point about their obsession with the topic…. Fox News political anchor Bret Baier, sitting in as the show's 'one lucky guy,' added that the feeling that 'there was a lack of freedom of speech' is what led to Donald Trump becoming president in the first place."

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