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Jon Stewart Debates Bill O’Reilly About Common’s Visit To The White House

Reported by Ellen - May 16, 2011 -

I have to say I was a bit disappointed in Jon Stewart on The O'Reilly Factor tonight. He gave Bill O’Reilly a pass on the racial overtones of the Fox News attack on President Obama for hosting Common – which Stewart brilliantly skewered on his show – and he went soft on Fox News’ hypocrisy of supporting folks like Ted Nugent and the "fair and balanced" network's support of Common before he was invited to the White House and Fox decided it was against him. Stewart almost nailed it at the end by challenging O’Reilly to help promote a reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons – a measure that would literally save cops’ lives as opposed to railing about a rapper for supposedly being too sympathetic to cop killers. But just as Stewart was suggesting that all of Fox get behind the initiative – which O’Reilly said he supports – the conversation veered off and the challenge fell by the wayside, at least for now. UPDATED

At about three minutes into Part 2 of the discussion, Stewart said to O’Reilly, “Let’s do something nice for police, for National Police Week, you and I. Let’s have us agree to promote a reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons because that doesn’t celebrate killing cops metaphorically or figuratively. It tries to get weapons that kill cops literally off the streets. That’s important. This is nothing.”

Stewart acknowledged that O’Reilly supports reinstating the ban and then added, “Why don’t you get the entire apparatus here, the infection machine that is the overreaction…”

O’Reilly interrupted just then, the discussion digressed to Fox News’ “diversity of opinion” and Alan Colmes, and Stewart never got any further with his suggestion. At least not on the air. I certainly hope Stewart somehow shames the network into either participating or else shines a bright light on their hypocrisy if they don't.

Tomorrow Stewart and O'Reilly debate the Republican presidential candidates.

5/17/11 UPDATE: Fox News released the complete and unedited video of Stewart and O'Reilly. The unedited video shows Stewart making the points I had hoped he would, albeit not as strongly and emphatically as I would have liked.

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