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VIDEO: The Daily Show on Fox News and a "weak Constitution"

April 29, 2013 by NCC Staff


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It's not news that The Daily Show is criticizing Fox News, but this week one segment took a distinctly constitutional turn.

In the segment, titled "Weak Constitution," Stewart criticizes Fox News analysts for some of their reactions to the handling of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Many were upset about the idea of Tsarnaev being read his Miranda rights (a Fifth Amendment issue Constitution Daily explored here and here), and some, including Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter, wanted him to be treated as an enemy combatant instead of in a civil court (which would concern the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the right to a fair, speedy trial). Fox contributors Eric Bolling and Brian Kilmeade also suggested wiretapping Muslim mosques.

Stewart poked fun at Fox News for "jettison[ing] constitutional amendments like Han Solo dumping his cargo at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser." Except, of course, when it comes to the Second Amendment, of which Hannity said, "No ambiguity here."

What do you think of Stewart's criticism? Whatever your view, the segment offers an entertaining reflection on how we turn to the Constitution for answers to today's toughest questions--but we often disagree on which side it supports.

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