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"Conservatives just aren't funny"

Reported by Chrish - September 19, 2006 -

Proving that it's ALL political with him, Bill O'Reilly asserted on The Factor last night 9/18/06 that all late-night TV hosts are left-wing and used Conan O'Brien's intro of Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart at the Emmy's last month as proof positive:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, our next two presenters have done for fake news what the FOX News Channel has done for fake news..."

Entertainment reporter Jeanne Wolf was his guest. O'Reilly admitted that the guys in question (Leno, Letterman, O'Brien, Maher, Stewart, Colbert, Ferguson, he is unsure of Kimmel) are liberal but are fair in skewering people of all persuasions, and BOR even acknowledged that those in power get the worst of it and he is 100% OK with that. But he still whines that there should be at least one conservative, or moderate, or traditionalist (must be a new buzzword from his forthcoming book).

What irks O'Reilly, though is that they will have a "far-left" guest and "kiss...their...butt." whereas a guy like him gets annhilated, and (you knew this was coming) they play the video of David Letterman saying that he believes 60% of what O'Reilly says is crap.

Wolfe and O'Reilly argued about whether or not Letterman goes after liberal guests "on the desk", as O'Reilly put it, with him insisting that Letterman doesn't and Wolf saying he absolutely does. (Please post links in comments if you find any.)

O'Reilly wonders why all the hosts are liberal, and this time includes the casts of SNL. Wolf replies that if you can only see one side of issues, like most conservatives (generally speaking), you miss the absurdity of humanity. When O'Reilly said they play to the younger demo with a liberal slant, Wolf quickly insisted that the late-night audience is wide, and that people watch late-night TV to relax. FOX, she says, isn't the equivalent of warm milk and cookies.

She started to say something about Dennis Miller but was cut off, perhaps but not necessarily because of this information found on Wikipedia: "Miller hinted that his short stint with Fox might not have been the most satisfying, as he would occasionally mention the term "Factor Gear" in a derisive tone of voice (referring to Bill O'Reilly's signature line of souvenirs)."

O'Reilly's (and FOX's) real concern comes out in the end: the late night shows are getting more and more important guests, including politicians, and talking about serious issues. O'Reilly complains that he would like to see just one moderate or traditional and Wolf says, well, conservatives just aren't as funny.

Here's some conservative humor for you, from an interview by Peggy Noonan on the second anniversary of 9/11:

President Bush: And this guy's out of breath, and we're heading straight down to the basement because there's an incoming unidentified airplane, which is coming toward the White House. Then the guy says it's a friendly airplane. And we hustle all the way back upstairs and go to bed.

Mrs. Bush: [laughs] And we just lay there thinking about the way we must have looked.

Noonan: So the day starts in tragedy and ends in Marx Brothers.

President Bush: That's right -- we got a laugh out of it.

That would not play too well in New York.