Jon Stewart Attacks MRC Latino for Claim of Univision's Pro-ObamaCare Bias

Tuesday's Daily Show went to bat for the Hispanic media, as liberal comedian Jon Stewart attacked Brent Bozell and the newly-launched MRC Latino for its accusation of a liberal bias on Univision and Telemundo.

Stewart called out "Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research bull (bleep), I mean Center" and mocked his claim that the Spanish networks helped sign people up for ObamaCare. "Bastardos! How dare a cable network use its reach to help the audience comply with the law."

Stewart added of the Spanish language ad telling viewers to visit to website to learn more about ObamaCare's benefits, "That just strikes me as a public service announcement telling people about something that is the law. They need to know about it, don't they?"

"Latino correspondent" Al Madrigal and Stewart embarked on a lengthy mockery of Fox News for its treatment of Latinos. "Where is the undermining? The fearmongering? The part about how ObamaCare will kill my abuelita? How am I supposed to make an informed decision?" Madrigal lamented in mockery of the ad's opponents.

Here is a transcript of the full segment, which aired on Comedy Central on April 9:

[11:04 p.m. EST]

JON STEWART: But apparently, according to Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research bull (bleep), I mean Center –

(Laughter)

STEWART: The government had a secret ObamaCare enrollment-selling weapon.

(Video Clip)

BRENT BOZELL, Media Research Center: For more than a year the Spanish language television network Univision has embarked on their own company-wide effort to get Latinos signed up for the exchanges.

(End Video Clip)

STEWART: Bastardos! How dare a cable network use its reach to help the audience comply with the law. That's not news. For more, we're joined by senior Latino correspondent Al Madrigal. Al.

(Applause)

STEWART: So Brent Bozell, Fox, are they making too much of the liberal bias of Univision and Telemundo?

AL MADRIGAL: Jon, if you ask me they are not making enough of it. These networks should be renamed Barack-a-Vision and Obama-mundo. Because they are practically forcing Latinos to sign up for health care.

(Video Clip)

NARRATOR: (through subtitles) ObamaCare affects us all, and almost all of us are eligible for its benefits. Visit Asegurate.com for more information.

(End Video Clip)

STEWART: That just strikes me as a public service announcement telling people about something that is the law. They need to know about it, don't they?

MADRIGAL: Yes. Exactly. Where is the undermining? The fearmongering. The part about how ObamaCare will kill my abuelita? How am I supposed to make an informed decision? Here is how.

[Music playing]

[Laughter]

[Cheers and applause]

MADRIGAL: It's how you cover the Affordable Care Act, with the fair and balanced mashup of ObamaCare, Contagion, and the Walking Dead credits.

[ Laughter ]

MADRIGAL: So the viewers can decide how they feel about ObamaCare.

STEWART: Right after they change their pants. It was terrifying.

MADRIGAL: This is not a joke, Jon. I mean, Obama –

[Laughter]

STEWART: You are right. I apologize.

MADRIGAL: It's not a joke at all.

STEWART: You are right.

MADRIGAL: ObamaCare is just the first stop on the Univision, Telemundo propaganda train. Look at this blatant global warming propaganda.

[Speaking Spanish]

[Laughter]

MADRIGAL: Those outfits scream the polar ice caps are melting. I'm so hot. Let's do a body shot before the world ends.

[Laughter]

STEWART: The lips are very pouty but I don't -- to be perfectly honest I can't think of a good reason why the meteorologists are dressed that way. So point to you on that one.

MADRIGAL: Now you get what they are up to. It's one thing to lure us in with the liberal weather sirens but they are even using their Ninos.

BOY: (dubbed over by Madrigal) Approving the Keystone Pipeline is loco. We need renewables like solar.

GIRL: (dubbed over by Madrigal) All women deserve the right to free on demand birth control.

[Laughter]

STEWART: That is clearly you dubbing a little baby voice.

MADRIGAL: (imitating child's voice) That is crazy, Senor Jonny.

I mean that's crazy Jon.

STEWART: Where should Spanish-speaking Americans get their news and weather then?

MADRIGAL: What's wrong with Fox News Latino? Here they are, covering a recent rule change that gives immigrants a waiver from penalties while they work on legalizing their status.

STEWART: Well actually, you know what? That actually looked very fair, it seemed like an informative story framed compassionately about an issue affecting a lot of Latinos. That's interesting. Hey, you know what's interesting? You know what I just noticed? Fox News Latino is right next to Fox Nation on the tabs there.

MADRIGAL: You don't want to click on that.

STEWART: Let's click on that. Wow. .

MADRIGAL: Same story, just a slightly different angle.

STEWART: I'll say. It didn't even look like families are being brought together in that picture. I wonder if the comment section is any different than Fox Nation.

MADRIGAL: I beg of you. If you have any decency at all as a man. You are my friend.

STEWART: What's in the comments? Let's take a look. Holy (bleep)! Oh, my god!

MADRIGAL: I said don't look at the comments. And you look at the comments.

STEWART: Have the police been alerted to sarge? Have they been –

MADRIGAL: Look Jon, Fox wants to reach a Latino audience and they want to reach a conservative white audience without the two of them finding out about each other.

STEWART: They are right next to each other on the page, the tabs are there. You can't keep them separate.

MADRIGAL: You can, actually if you build a dang fence.

[Laughter] [Applause]

MADRIGAL: Problem solved. Everyone's happy. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go do some more research on the Telemundo weather girl propaganda.

STEWART: You are going to masturbate to the weather, aren't you?

[Laughter]

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014