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Obama’s Cronkite moment

If President Obama has lost Jon Stewart, has he lost his base? It's a question worth considering after the Daily Show host tore into the president Monday night for a series of scandals and controversies that seem to piling up by the hour this week. In a shouty, expletive-laden segment, Stewart said, said the IRS scandal will be fodder to the right-wing conspiracy theories he's been battling for years and that it single handily "shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil-behatted to the government:"

“Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama, Conspiracy theorists who generally can survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their f--king heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver: skepticism about your opponents.”

By the time Stewart got around to the Department of Justice taking AP reporters' phone records, he couldn't even muster the energy for outrage, mumbling blankly "mother f--cker."

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