Jon Stewart has given an incisive analysis of the British media’s coverage of the general election.
In a segment for The Daily Show, the host broke-down how the UK media reported on the campaign, what caused the Labour party to lose and launched into a passionate defence of Ed Miliband and the infamous bacon sandwich incident.
However, the first piece of news Stewart felt compelled to break to the audience was that the Queen “doesn’t actually run the place – she’s just Corgi sitting for Britain”.
He then turned to the “unrealistically polite virtual parliament” he said “doubled as the worst Sims expansion pack ever”, the holograms and other virtual distractions used in the British media's coverage of the election.
All of this, he said, had led him to only one conclusion: “The UK media has contracted a devastating case of CNN-itus.
“It’s when a news organisation spends a great deal of time creating visuals and set pieces, which have no discernible purpose and shed no perceptible light and actually distract you from what it was they were trying to find out,” he explained.
Best General Election 2015 quotes
Best General Election 2015 quotes
1/10 1. "Am I tough enough? Hell, yes, I'm tough enough."
Ed Miliband bats away suggestions he would be too weak on the international stage. It likely to go down as one of the quotes we remember this election by.
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2/10 2. "If I'm getting lively about it, it's because I feel bloody lively about it."
David Cameron attempts to prove how passionate he is about wanting a second term as Prime Minister after Tory donors criticised his lack of enthusiasm.
3/10 3. "Oh it's crats? I thought it was Liberal Demo-cats"
Reality TV star Joey Essex is taught a thing or two during his meeting with Nick Clegg.
4/10 4. "Brain fade"
Green party leader Natalie Bennett gave what was described as the "worst political leader's interview ever" on LBC Radio as she fails to answer how the Greens would pay for its ambitious housing policies.
5/10 5. "We're a shining example of a country where multiple identities work. Where you can be Welsh and Hindu and British, Northern Irish and Jewish and British, where you can wear a kilt and a turban, where you can wear a hijab covered in poppies. Where you can support Man Utd, the Windies and Team GB all at the same time. Of course, I'd rather you supported West Ham"
David Cameron experienced his own brain fade when he forgot which football team he supported.
6/10 6. “This is a real career-defining … country-defining election that we face in less than a week’s time”
The Prime Minister made another gaffe when he made it sound like the election was all about himself.
7/10 7. “Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become prime minister.”
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon launched a vicious personal attack on Ed Miliband.
8/10 8. "Ajockalypse Now."
The colourful term used by Boris Johnson to describe a Labour government propped up by the SNP.
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9/10 9. “The SNP are openly racist. The anti-English hostility, and the kind of language that is used about and towards English people, is totally extraordinary.”
Nigel Farage launches an attack on Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP party.
10/10 10. "Terms are like Shredded Wheat. Two are wonderful, three might be too many."
David Cameron rules out a third term as Prime Minister.
Stewart also gave an alternative explanation for Miliband’s resounding defeat in the polls by playing a clip of the former Labour leader referring to a bearded member of the audience as a woman before releasing he was a man.
“So the Labour leader appears to be the love child of Joe Biden and David Brent. So what?” he asked.
Moving onto calls for Scottish independence and the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union, he summarised it as: "Slytherin leaving Hogwarts! Downstairs leaving upstairs! Downton leaving Abbey! Doctor leaving Who!"Reuse content