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Watch The Daily Show skewer Fox News over its food stamp obsession

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Maybe Jon Stewart is getting under Fox News' skin? Last week the Daily Show host skewered Fox News personalities for not only exaggerating the scope (and definition) of food-stamp fraud but also for fixating on what poor people choose to spend their food stamps on — especially, oddly, seafood. Eric Bolling, at Fox News' The Five, was so miffed that he decided to "school" Stewart on the subject — and mostly proved the self-defeating futility of criticizing Jon Stewart on Fox News (unless, perhaps, your name is Bill O'Reilly).

On Thursday night's Daily Show, Stewart not only re-upped his mockery of conservatives' unbalanced, poor-shaming focus on food stamp abuse, but also added a new critique about how Fox News hosts like Bolling are perfectly fine with the more costly system-gaming by large corporations. If that sounds like dreary TV on The Daily Show's part, it's not. It is a textbook example of Jon Stewart mixing comedy, video collage, and sharp social advocacy. His final line is Stewart at his devastating, scathing best. --Peter Weber