Wednesday night on "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart tore into Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the pundits on Fox News for their misrepresentation of what President Obama said during a speech in Virginia earlier this month. Conservatives have attacked Obama for the sound bite "If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." In the age of sound bites, that one seems tailor made for a GOP that loves attacking Obama's supposed anti-business philosophy.
Stewart is a noted liberal and many fans feel he's at his best when taking on Fox News, which is almost every day. During the segment (which you can watch below) Stewart slams Fox host Steve Doocy as a "disingenuous, Muppet-shaped propaganda tool" for airing what he claimed was the full quote from Obama, although it was just another segment from the speech spliced to appear as the full context. He also criticized the network for interviewing two young girls that started a lemonade stand and asking what kind of help they received.
"Can you get more manipulative?" Stewart said.
Although most of Stewart's rant wouldn't have appealed to people on the right side of the spectrum, he ended the bit by combining speeches by both Romney and Obama that showed the candidates saying virtually the same thing. They both point out that government sometimes does play a role in the success of an individual.
Text from President Obama's speech can be found at the LATimes.com.
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help," Obama said. "there was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
Stewart also criticized Romney for failing to encourage "a substantive discussion about our economy that might even be productive for our future well-being."
It won't be the last time between now and November Stewart or his counterpart Stephen Colbert criticize Romney or the Republican party but Stewart upped the ante Wednesday night when he said, "Mr. Romney, hanging your attack on a person's slight grammatical misstep is what people do in an argument when they're completely f----d and they know they have no argument."
Stewart, Colbert and the pundits at Fox News will have plenty of sound bites to squabble over as election season ramps up. Obama and Romney, however, will square off in a series of just-announced domestic themed debates that begin October 3 in Denver, Colorado, according to POLITICO.