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Jon Stewart returns to slam Trump, Fox News

Technically Incorrect: In a video that's already garnered thousands of YouTube comments, the former "Daily Show" host appears with Stephen Colbert to pour a little cold water on Conventional heat.

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He's frustrated. And annoyed. And impassioned.

The Late Show/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

And so we face doom.

What some hoped might be a partnership for America is turning into a battle for ownership of America.

After Thursday night's triumphal speech by presidential nominee Donald Trump to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the nation's commentators offered their views on the notion presented by Trump that America is in a very dark place.

Some were supportive of his insistence that "I alone can fix it." Others snorted into their cognacs.

Few, though, have quite the wit and passion of Jon Stewart. Late of the "Daily Show," Stewart was famous for garnering day-after YouTube views with his witty and sometimes exasperated takes on politics.

He returned on Thursday night, but not to his old show. Instead, there he was with old friend Stephen Colbert on CBS's "The Late Show." (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.)

Colbert gave Stewart his seat and left him free to pronounce.

Appearing from what may have been his underground hiding place -- and looking a little on the Merle side of haggard -- Stewart began to analyze Trump's speech.

He moved on to consider what he sees as the hypocrisy of Fox News. He mocked the very idea that Trump is the "blue-collar billioniare."

He sits, said Stewart, "in a literal golden throne on top of a golden tower with his name in gold letters at the top of it, eating pizza with a knife and fork."

It all felt quite familiar. But he released his full passion near the end. He said that Fox News and Trump supporters just want the candidate "to give you your country back, because you feel that you're this country's rightful owners."

He continued: "This country isn't yours. You don't own it. It never was. There is no 'real America.'"

This last phrase echoes, for example, a tweet sent by former Congressman Joe Walsh telling President Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter that "Real America" is coming after them.

Some will be moved by Stewart's speech, some will detest it. On YouTube, it's already incited more than 4,000 comments and more than 250,000 views.

In the end, though, how much of the criticism and invective tossed by either side on TV and online will matter?

As data-delighting site Five Thirty-Eight suggests, once you've decided to go with one or other candidate, you stay with that candidate. No matter what anyone says.

How many are truly still wavering? And how many will bother to go out and vote?

I fancy that those who say the sky is falling are more likely to get their supporters to the polls. After all, don't we all love disaster movies?