Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert take aim at Sean Hannity over Cliven Bundy

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart of Comedy Central.

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert take aim at Sean Hannity over Cliven Bundy

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Apr 25, 2014

The battle between Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management in the state of Nevada has certainly caught the attention of the national media.

Almost every major media outlet in the nation has now done stories on the roundup of Bundy's cattle that led to a standoff between Bundy and his armed supporters and the federal government.

Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" and Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central have also joined in and have specifically targeted Sean Hannity of Fox News for his support of the rancher.

Stewart first talked about the situation for a new segment titled "I Don't Get It."

“It is your standard boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow story,” Stewart said on his show, introducing a segment called, “I don’t get it.”


The next time Stewart talked about Bundy was during a bit titled "Grazed and Confused," in which he called Hannity a hypocrite for supporting Bundy. Hannity did not take it lying down. He responded by calling Stewart a "hack comedian," said Stewart was obsessed with him and basically challenged Stewart to a battle of wits.

It was a battle Stewart clearly won.


Stewart was back to taking aim at Bundy on Thursday night after it was revealed that Bundy made controversial remarks about African-Americans on Thursday.

Bundy wondered whether African-Americans were "better off as slaves." Stewart, as can be expected, went off. He called Bundy a "professor of Negro studies" at Duke University... as in David Duke University.


Colbert then got in on the act Thursday night, also mocking Bundy and Hannity's support of the rancher.

Colbert even performed a song titled "The Ballad of Cliven Bundy" and said that Hannity and Bundy "Go together like Ku and Klux."


Hannity was back on air Thursday night with a piece that was much less supportive of Bundy personally. Hannity called Bundy's comments racist, repugnant and deplorable. He went on to say that he still believed that ranch standoff was not about Bundy, and said he believes the government is out of control.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to