I’ve posted twice about Bill O’Reilly’s complaints that President Obama appeared on Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns.” Today, in a Slate interview, the director, Scott Aukerman, answered back that there was little difference between Between Two Ferns and The O’Reilly Factor except that, “we admit we’re a comedy show.”
(L)ook, Bill O’Reilly is used to saying kind of stupid things to get attention. There’s not much of a difference between the president appearing on Between Two Ferns and appearing on The O’Reilly Factor. The difference is that we admit we’re a comedy show.
BOR is getting quite a bit of blowback over his stupid comments (and deservedly so). But what has probably got him fuming the most are the Lincoln scholars who are calling him out. When actual Lincoln experts are saying that Lincoln with his wit/humor would have gone on the show if he were President today, BOR’s declaration reveals itself to be nothing more than a cheap shot designed to belittle our President (especially since BOR knows full well that Obama greatly admires Lincoln) rather than an astute analysis of Lincoln himself.
But this is who BOR is and what he does – he always manages to find a way to slip in a shot at Obama (even if it means using oblique attacks such as this which he has no way of proving to be true).