On Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart picked up on the resentment Fox News hosts harbored toward poor people. As Stewart noted, the folks over at Fox weren’t upset over the budget or the overall cost of food stamp programs so much as the fact that poor people were somehow being allowed to purchase seafood with their food stamps.
Stewart played a clip of Fox News hosts discussing food stamp fraud and how people were exchanging stamps for iPads and liquør.
“Yes, you do hear all these stories,” Stewart said, parroting host Gretchen Carlson. “Whether or not they’re true or indicative of widespread abµse is not really the point here because you hear them. And as a reporter on a news network, it is your job to pass them along through your mouth hole.”
Fox News hosts also complained that food stamp recipients were being allowed to purchase junk food, “gourmet” and “fresh” seafood, such as crab legs.
“What’s with the f*cking fish? What is this?” Stewart joked. “They get wild salmon in the East Village. I’ve always said poor people’s salmon should come in a can from an outer borough.”
Stewart then noted a glaring contradiction that totally flew over the heads of the Fox pundits.
“We don’t want food stamp recipients eating junk, but we also don’t want them taking our nice human food,” Stewart said. “What’s the right mixture of quality and class-based shame poor people should aim for in their meal planning?”
During the segment, one Fox News guest quoted the proverb that says giving a man a fish would feed him for a day, while teaching him to fish would feed him for a lifetime.
“Finally, we have some clarity,” Stewart said. “I owe Fox and apology. They don’t mind poor people eating seafood as long as the poor people catch the seafood themselves.”