After weeks of violence in the aftermath of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death, the Missouri National Guard has finally left Ferguson and police officers have returned to “normal duties.” But that doesn’t mean the media is backing off its hyperbolic rhetoric. On radio this morning, Buck Sexton played parts of Jon Stewart’s recent monologue about race relations and excoriated the mainstream media’s irresponsible coverage of the tragedy.
“It seems there has been some restoration of some normal order in Ferguson,” Buck said. “Now, of course, there's a tremendous amount of discussion about this and media coverage of it… I don't think it is without consequence.”
To frame his argument, Buck played a portion of Jon Stewart’s “Race Off” monologue from Tuesday’s The Daily Show. Leftwing news outlets lauded the skit for its condemnation of Fox News and the right, but Buck found it to be ignorant and misinformed.
Watch the monologue below:
“Every person of color, he says, has faced a possibly fatal situation because of their skin color in the last few hours,” Buck explained. “Jon Stewart… is in some ways the most effective mouthpiece of the left because he combines humor when he needs it with seriousness when he wants it, and, therefore, you can't ever debate him or discuss anything with him.”
As Buck explained, Stewart speaks with remarkable authority on the topic, and it is just assumed the audience will accept the 'facts' as he laid them out. In the case of the shooting death of Brown, however, hard facts have been scarce.
“I'm supposed to be lectured by Jon Stewart… about the personal experiences of other people in this country, which he takes on as his own for the purpose of browbeating people who disagree with him politically,” Buck said exasperatedly. “That's what he seems so intent on doing.”
When it comes to the narrative surrounding Brown’s death, certain media outlets have predetermined that he was killed because of his race – not because of any of his own actions.
“The assumption [is] that this is symptomatic of a much larger disease of widespread racial hatred that the left is… trying to fan the flames of,” Buck concluded. “There is a whole channel – MSNBC – that is devoted to this one complex that America is perpetually racist and, therefore, all we can do is sit around and wait for MSNBC to lecture us on how racist it is because we can't ever change it. It's always going to be racist. That's their baseline position.”