Jon Stewart, Take That: Fox Unveils News Satire

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A half-hour program that mocks the news debuted on the Fox News Channel Sunday. The network calls it a conservative alternative to Comedy Central's Daily Show.


And political conservatives hope a new comedy show's ideas will stick on television screens.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Half-Hour News Hour")

Unidentified Man: And now, "The Half-Hour News Hour" with (Unintelligible) and Jennifer Lang(ph).

MONTAGNE: That, which you're listening to, is the conservative alternative to Comedy Central's left of center "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," which now dominate political satire on television. "The Half-Hour News Hour" debuted on the FOX News channel last night. "The Half-Hour," right of center satire, mixes political and entertainment news with conservative opinion. The show follows a format similar to that of "The Daily Show."

(Soundbite of segment from "The Daily Show")

Unidentified man: Tonight's top story, the spelling reports that she would staff her White House with longtime cronies and political appointees, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vowed that if she becomes president, she will surround herself with a diverse multi-ethnic, multi-generational group of angry lesbians.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MONTAGNE: FOX News Channel paired up with the co-creator of the hit series "24" to get the pilot off the ground. The producer says the show was all about timing. Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" hit it big during a time when the Republicans were a majority in the government. With Democrats dominating, both the House and Senate, FOX says, the time is right for a shift in satire to the right.

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