Samantha Bee opened Full Frontal on Wednesday night by attacking Fox Nation, the new youth-targeting streaming service from Fox News that debuted Nov. 27.
Fox Nation costs $5.99 per month and features familiar Fox onscreen figures including Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro as well as younger, new hosts including Tomi Lahren and Britt McHenry.
“It’s like television, Grandpa, but you get it on the smaller screen that you use for writing racism on Facebook,” Bee said at the top of her monologue, making a crack at Fox News’ traditionally older audience.
Not long after, Bee mentioned a New York Times story on Fox Nation that described Fox Nation as “Neflix for conservatives.” Bee retorted, “Which means it’s for people who like Netflix but wish its World War II documentaries weren’t so mean to the Nazis.”
Taking on specific new programs from the service, Bee focused on an awkward moment from the new Ingraham-co-hosted show Laura & Raymond and an incendiary excerpt from the Jeannine Pirro-hosted show 10 Minute Justice, wherein Pirro said of Central American migrants seeking to apply for asylum in the U.S.: “Are you people stupid? And don’t give me this racism nonsense. We fought a Civil War to make sure we put an end to the stain of racism and slavery in our nation; we’re not racist.” Pirro later addressed the migrants as “you illegals” and suggested that Americans were the real “victims” in the situation.
Bee groaned in response. “It’s like ASMR for sociopaths,” she joked. The host then noted that every episode of 10 Minute Justice only clocked in at seven and a half minutes.
One major theme of all programs on the new service, Bee noted, was their focus on the so-called “War on Christmas” given the proximity to the holidays: She singled out four programs criticizing the greeting “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” (One Fox Nation show, the TBS host pointed out, was itself called Ainsley’s Holiday Special, not Ainsley’s Christmas Special.)
In her new show, Tomi Lahren tore into “liberals” criticizing Melania Trump’s blood-red tree decorations in the White House. “Yes, we shouldn’t look down on their tree color, that’s what skin color is for,” Bee snarked.
The TBS host then reflected on why Fox Nation stops live-streaming in the evening: “Watching Fox Nation, you can’t help wondering: Who is this for?” Bee asked. She concluded that Fox Nation (whose tagline is “Opinion Done Right!”) intends to serve as an outspoken alternative to the hard-news programming that Fox’s two cable-news channels offer during the day and attempts to funnel the viewers back to opinion shows on their televisions at night. “It’s just pure, substance-free propaganda squirted right down your slobber hole.”
Bee continued, “On top of that, it’s a great way for Fox to squeeze some extra bucks from all the olds who sign up but forget to unsubscribe.”