Roger Ailes was right. Earlier this week, the Fox News president made waves by asserting that Jon Stewart confessed to being a "socialist" while the two were in a bar once. Outlets such as Huffington Post and Mediaite
reported the story as an accusation or an open question. It isn't.
Appearing on CNN in the year 2000, the comic openly explained his
After a caller on the December 15, 2000 Larry King Live asked about being objective, Stewart conceded, "I think I would say I'm more of a socialist or an independent."
He added, "No one would ever I think watching our show think that, boy, that guy is just leaning so far right." [MP3 audio here.]
For all the attention Stewart gets about speaking truth to power, the
comedian told King: "I mean, your personal prejudices always get
involved in the job."
Earlier in the segment, the then-CNN anchor told Stewart, "I think you're a Democrat, Jon."
The humorist prefaced his "socialist" comment by agreeing, "I think that's probably correct."
A transcript of the December 15, 2000 exchange can be found below:
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.