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Fox News Panel Brings Down Jon Stewart for Mocking the National Anthem

A talk show panel on Fox News recently tore into former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart for mocking the national anthem.

It all happened when the panel on Fox TV’s “Outnumbered” slammed Stewart after the comedian called the playing of the national anthem at sporting events a “weird ritual.”

“I think it’s an unfortunate but unsurprising attitude about [the national anthem],” said co-host Emily Compagno, herself a former NFL cheerleader.

Compagno, who noted that Stewart himself played soccer in college, said that the ritual of standing for the national anthem at games was an “incredible moment” of “patriotism” and knocked the former “Daily Show” host for attempting to discern between standing for the flag at a game versus standing while at home watching on television. 

“I’m a patriot every day no matter where I am, and I stand for my national anthem,” she added.

 “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain said standing for the flag was one of the few things Americans have left to unify around. 

“It’s pretty sophomoric [of Stewart] to poke holes in it,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas called Stewart’s comments “just plain idiotic.”

Stewart shared his view on the anthem Thursday during his podcast “The Problem with Jon Stewart.”

“Does anyone know when that started, playing the national anthem before games? It’s such a weird ritual,” said Stewart. 

“I’ve always thought about when Kaepernick took the knee, and the whole thing was like, ‘You gotta stand for the anthem!’… But, like, why is that?” Stewart later added. “When the anthem comes, you only have to stand if you’re there. But the transitive principle through the television – if it’s through the television you can do whatever the f—- you want. If you’re at a stadium, there is a whole regimen you have to go through.”

The American tradition was practiced during many of America’s most harrowing moments. The late Whitney Houston sang the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the 1991 Super Bowl just as the U.S. had entered the Persian Gulf War. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, firefighters and police officers banded together, holding an American flag during the anthem.

In the aftermath of World War II, the NFL commissioner said the anthem should be “as much a part” of the game as the kickoff.  

Written by Bill Sheridan

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  1. I feel sorry for people who don’t get that feeling, when you get goose bumps that makes you feel alive. I think
    that you don’t need to be brought up having America pushed on you, I think you are born with it & these people
    unknowing are great human beings that down deep Love all the good that America has done for so many people
    all over the world. When ever I see that flag displayed I feel safe.

  2. Jon Stewart is an Anti-American socialist BUFFOON! I would pay real cash for five minutes to tune him up!
    Just a mealymouthed jadrool jamoke!

  3. What I’d really like to do about Stewart is use him as a football and kick his ass out of or country. Enough said!!

  4. No one says, just because you’re a citizen you HAVE to be a PATRIOT! Fortunately, we have the FREEDOM to GO and come as we please, and if you hate the flag, hate the National Anthem, hate the COUNTRY that gave you birth and all the FREEDOMS and PRIVELEGES you enjoy, then PLEASE, Jon Stewart, FEEL FREE TO LEAVE AND GO SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD BE HAPPIER. Like Russia or Afghanistan or China. I’m SURE they would be happy to have you.

  5. No one says, just because you’re a citizen you HAVE to be a PATRIOT! Fortunately, we have the FREEDOM to GO and come as we please, and if you hate the flag, hate the National Anthem, hate the COUNTRY that gave you birth and all the FREEDOMS and PRIVELEGES you enjoy, then PLEASE, Jon Stewart, FEEL FREE TO LEAVE AND GO SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD BE HAPPIER. Like Russia or Afghanistan or China. I’m SURE they would be happy to have you.

  6. Poor ole John Stewart must be hard up for material for his comedy profession. Here’s some material John; what do you think of the every day ritual used by liberals to remove their heads from their rear ends before they sit on a pot and can you imagine how disastrous it is if they don’t do this ritual correctly. Standing for the national anthem is much safer. Now can you imagine Mr. Como with his giant swab what do you think he uses it for before or after placement of head in rear? Really don’t want to comment on Mr kneeler. When the going gets rough liberals get dumber.

  7. Stand for the flag, kneel for the fallen. I don’t understand how this kneeling bs started. Maybe it’s because these ppl have never served in the military or lost someone that was in the military, either way always respect or flag or move to another country.
    Semper-Fi

  8. What can you say about someone who is buying toxic elixir from the ‘socialist democrats’ who have been drinking too much. Just like the person who wants to change the flag to represent the ‘new America’. This moron, like all the other non Americans need to change their address to a country where people are not allowed to talk negative about their country. @JonStewart do that at your new country and you’ll be doing your Podcast from a jail cell.

  9. We have a few in America that are “A _ _ Pai _ for all of us. The problem is these few have no clue that they are such! They are smart dumb … did I say that -Yes.

  10. Jon is a has been trying to get some attention. His mockery of the anthem is a result of his complete hollowness as an American citizen. He has never served our country yet has benefited greatly from it’s freedoms. Back during WWII many of the baseball players Hollywood actors put their careers on hold and went off to serve our country. Image that happening today? I can’t… Stewart like many other (not all) “self proclaimed elites” feel it’s below them and it’s the regular folks job to go off and possibly die while he stays safe in his mansion. He should look up the history of why they started playing the anthem. It was during WWI when the newspaper headlines were reporting nothing but news about the war and all the dead soldiers. A bomb was thrown into a federal building by an activist that killed and injured people.
    It was the day of the world series and it was the smallest crowd ever because people were scared. Someone decided to play the anthem and fans joined in singing because it made them less worried knowing the were with other folks that loved their country and respected the men and woman that were fighting a war so they could be safe enough to watch a game. They showed respect for all the men and woman who died through history and the ones that were dying in WW I.
    Here is the link for Jon to read https://apnews.com/article/north-america-us-news-ap-top-news-baseball-chicago-b99832adbe974cbf8bdfbacd7e01d52b
    I wonder if Stewart remembers when the brave baseball players took the field after 911 happened? When everyone was scared to attend any sports or other events Incase they were bombed or gassed? Does he remember the star spangled banner being played at thar game and how it helped us feel better and maybe gave us hope? Exactly like 1918…
    Does Stewart remember all the American flags that people flew outside their homes?
    Hey Stewart the military never stops. Men and woman never stop getting injured or dying. While it’s out of you thoughts because you’re more concerned about things like what time is your massage or when is your haircut others like the parents of those serving and the rest of us never forget their sacrifice. As a result we pay respect to all past an present men and woman who serve our country through the national anthem. This is something a hollow person like you will never understand.

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