Jon Stewart rips apart Fox News contributor Liz Trotta on rape in the military; plus, more News Corp. hacking news, sympathy for David Brock
11:09 am Feb. 15, 2012
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Did you catch Fox News contributor Liz Trotta's rather shocking comments Monday in which she suggested that women in the military should "expect" to get raped?
Jon Stewart did, and he tore into the analyst in a hilarious segment on "The Daily Show" last night.
"It's simple math," he said. "If you wanna mix the sexes, you can't complain about the 64-percent uptick in violent sexual assault that will occur! You know the old saying: You can't make a co-ed omlet without raping a few eggs."
As for Trotta's dismissal of defense budget expenditures that go toward helping "women who are now being raped too much"?
"Raped too much! Think about all the money that we've gotta spend helping out women that are raped too much. Think about how much cheaper it would be for all of us if they were raped juuust the right amount."
You can watch the full episode (including Stewart's take on Time magazine's latest cover) above. (Trotta clip starts around 4:00.)
In other news...
"News Corporation today announced the appointment of Hamish McLennan to the position of Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman. Mr. McLennan, who will divide his time between New York and Sydney, will report to News Corporation’s Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch and President & COO Chase Carey." [via press release]
British Parliament's phone-hacking report is delayed by debate over James Murdoch. [Bloomberg]
Sun journalists are now mounting a legal challenge in response to News Corp's disclosure of their confidential sources. [The Guardian]
The paper's advertisers have remained loyal despite the unfolding bribery scandal. [The Guardian]
News International staffers are demanding "openness" of the internal probe into their unit. [The Guardian]
Rupert Murdoch has put a top lawyer on the Sun case and is on his way to London for damange control. [The Financial Times]
The rivalry between T and WSJ. is heating up: "Murdoch’s team is beginning to feel some momentum and sensing an opportunity," writes John Koblin. [WWD]
The New York Times has a new Jerusalem bureau chief. [Dylan Byers]
Tucker Carlson tells Erik Wemple the timing of his expose on Media Matters has nothing to do with the liberal watchdog's forthcoming book on Fox News. [Erik Wemple]
Jack Shafer weighs in: "The 'investigative series' that the conservative Daily Caller commenced this week about the liberal media watchdog outfit Media Matters for America and its founder David Brock accomplishes the impossible: It makes me sympathize with Media Matters and Brock." [Reuters]
"The fact that the internet has a long memory is wonderful for magazines online," writes Felix Salmon. [Reuters]
Fans of Judge Andrew Napolitano are up in arms over Fox Business Network's cancellation of "Freedom Watch." [TV Newser]
The New York Observer has hired Capital contributor Rozalia Jovanovic as a culture reporter. [GalleristNY]
Billboard and The Hollywood Report have struck up a "content-distribution arrangement" with the Associated Press. [AP Press Release]
More on The Atlantic's new V.I.P. dinner series. [NYO]
Tavi Gevinson covering Neil Young at the Standard Hotel. [NYO]
Yet another media "power couples" list. [Huffington Post]
Earlier on Capital, in case you missed it...
New York attorneys are still exploring U.S.-based civil litigation against News Corp. in the phone-hacking scandal.
Speculation about what BuzzFeed really has up its sleeve.
Cute animals as the media's new Valentine's Day fetish.
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