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Jon Stewart hammers Fox News' 'false patriotism' after Obama 'latte salute' freakout

Jon Stewart has had enough. He started out Thursday night's fiery Daily Show with a calm discussion about how Congress is dealing (or not) with President Obama's military actions against ISIS. Yes, "now is the time for an adult conversation on how our government makes its most important decisions and functions in crisis," Stewart said... and then played some clips from Fox News.

If you didn't watch cable news yesterday, you may be unaware that Obama, while exiting Marine One, saluted a uniformed military officer with a cup of coffee in his hand. If you watched Fox News, you saw the footage repeatedly, and heard how disgraceful the "latte salute" was. After several minutes of airing Fox News outrage, Stewart unleashed some of his own: "F--k you and all your false patriotism."

He nailed Eric Bolling for his "boobs on the ground" comment about a female UAE pilot, chastised Karl Rove for trash-talking Obama while his own former boss saluted uniformed troops with a dog in his hand, and generally lambasted Fox News for their "full double Venti coverage" of an "immaterial and ridiculous" event when the U.S. is dealing with ISIS and Ebola, "two things that are literally blowing up and going viral." The last three minutes, especially, are Stewart in top-form high dudgeon. "Shut up," he told Fox personalities. "You don't really care about this. You have no principle about this. You're just trying to score points in a game that no one else is playing." --Peter Weber