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O’Reilly’s Defense Of Fox News To Jon Stewart Doesn’t Hold Up To Scrutiny

Reported by Ellen - February 4, 2010 -

During his interview with Jon Stewart last night (2/3/10), Bill O’Reilly “proved” Fox News is not a GOP operation by claiming that John McCain would not come on The O’Reilly Factor. If Fox News were really a GOP machine, O’Reilly reasoned, McCain would have appeared on his show. O’Reilly also held up Dick Cheney, “Mr. Republican,” as an example of someone who would not come on his program. But O’Reilly neglected to point out that both McCain and Cheney appeared several times with Sean Hannity on his then-show, Hannity & Colmes. In fact, liberal Alan Colmes was shut out from the interviews, suggesting that the Fox powers that be did not want their important Republican guest to face questions that were too tough. Furthermore, McCain and Palin were scheduled to appear with O’Reilly about a week before the 2008 election but the interview was canceled by the O’Reilly people because of bad weather. McCain also appeared on O’Reilly at least once before securing the GOP nomination. With video.

At about 3:40 into the video below, which is Part 2 of O’Reilly’s interview with Stewart last night, O’Reilly asked, “Why wouldn’t John McCain come on this program during the last campaign? Why did he dodge us and not come on if … we’re in business to help the GOP? He wouldn’t come in.”

Stewart replied, “You’re not in business to help John McCain. He is not GOP-enough for you. You’re in business to help Sarah Palin.”

Instead of debating that point, O’Reilly continued, “Dick Cheney is to you Mr. Republican. Wouldn’t come on the program, Stewart!”

Stewart joked that Cheney wouldn’t come on because “there’s a lot of light, which he’s obviously allergic to.”

O’Reilly pressed, “Come on. I just gave you two examples that you can’t refute with your propaganda.”

Apparently, Stewart doesn’t watch Fox as much as we do. Because we very clearly recall the following:

The O'Reilly Factor canceled an interview (albeit hastily scheduled) with McCain and Sarah Palin about one week before the election. O'Reilly complained he was unable to reschedule it.

McCain appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on May 8, 2008, after he had sewn up the presidential nomination.

McCain's hour long appearance with Sean Hannity, only, on Hannity & Colmes on March 14, 2008.

McCain and his wife spent half the show taking questions from Sean Hannity, only, on October 29, 2008.

On October 8, 2008, McCain and Palin appeared together on Hannity & Colmes without having to take any pesky questions from liberal Alan Colmes.

In June, 2005, Dick Cheney did a one-on-one with Hannity on Hannity & Colmes.

Cheney also appeared on Hannity & Colmes on October 24, 2006, without taking any quesitons from Colmes.

Dick Cheney appeared on Hannity (now solo) on December 9, 2009.

Maybe O'Reilly just isn't as reliably a GOP cheerleader as Sean Hannity.

By the way, in a final irony, McCain appeared on On The Record with Greta Van Susteren just a few hours after Stewart's interview aired.