On November 11th, 2010
, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow interviewed Comedy Central's Jon Stewart. They discussed the state of cable news, focusing heavily on the Fox News Channel, MSNBC's rival and the frequent subject of Stewart's satire and criticism. The interview was an open conversation, with both Maddow and Stewart offering personal views. At one point, Maddow leveled this criticism at her network's chief competitor:
[Fox News] never criticized George W. Bush for anything, even when he was doing things that were sort of not conservative. They never criticized him.
We find this claim to be false. It demonstrates the stridence, bombast, and essentialism that characterizes cable news today, ironically the subject of Maddow and Stewart's conversation. With this claim, Maddow expresses the sentiment that Fox News is a biased organization, a defensible sentiment
, but she does so at the expense of the facts. In an effort to call out cable news personalities and implore them to change their tone, we are calling this statement false, and the majority of Truthsquad