The Daily Show devoted a large majority of their show last night to the analysis of yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare to some. But it’s Jon Stewart’s lashing of CNN and Fox News that really won the night.
In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts surprised a lot of people when he sided with the more-liberal arm of the Court and provided the crucial fifth vote to uphold the law – even the controversial “individual mandate” clause.
It needn’t be stressed that this SCOTUS vote was a pretty big deal, as it will undoubtedly shape the course of health care in America over the upcoming years. And because of the magnitude of the decision, cable news outlets were chomping at the bit to be the first to break the news when the decision was handed down.
But as you may already know, both CNN and Fox News had a bit of a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment at around 10:00 am yesterday. Both networks reported that the individual mandate had been deemed unconstitutional, a headline that was just flat out wrong.
Fox corrected their error in a about two minutes. But as Jon Stewart points out, it took CNN just a bit longer. Pobre CNN.
Sarcastically likening CNN’s reports of embarrassment for the Obama administration to the obvious embarrassment of the entire CNN staff, Stewart says,
“How will the administration recover after this incredibly public blow to their credibility? I mean, the administration staked their entire reputation on this important moment, and now the administration is out there, the face of this giant f*ck up. Sure wouldn’t want to be the administration right now.”
“Yes, widely different,” he continued. “There’s what you’ve been saying…and then there’s what happened.”
Check it out below: