If you watched Fox News at all Friday, you probably saw a clip of Jon Stewart laughing at Nancy Pelosi when she said she didn’t know why “it’s so hard to get a company to execute the (HealthCare.gov) exchange competently.” But Geraldo Rivera took it a step further when he argued that the clip signaled Stewart becoming a foe of Democrats.
On The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly played the much-ballyhooed clip of Pelosi. He chuckled afterward and said, “And that’s why the Democratic Party’s reeling.”
But Rivera said:
Well, the headline, I think, is not her woeful performance. It’s not that the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, couldn’t answer the question. The headline in my view was Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart is the pied piper of the progressive, young voters. If he has turned on the Democrats, if Stewart is now cynical and skeptical and critical of the Democrats, I think that bodes very ill.
O’Reilly dimissed that theory. “Nah, he’s going for the laugh,” O’Reilly argued (correctly, in my view). “He asked a legitimate question, he was surprised by the answer but he’s quick enough to exploit it and that’s what he did.”
Rivera stuck to his guns, however. “…I think that he was shocked and he was very frustrated… If I am correct,… if Stewart turns against the Democrats, what happens is it deflates the excitement on the left, it depresses voter turnout and then it really becomes a menace to the Democrats…
O’Reilly interrupted. He said, “I agree with that. I mean, if you lose your media stalking horses, you’re in trouble.”
I don’t know how much trouble the Democrats are in. But I am pretty certain that the only part of the problem Jon Stewart will play is in Fox News’ dreams.
Video below from the January 31, 2014 O'Reilly Factor.
The GOTP are desperate to first d the tiniest chink in the Dems impenetrable armor of public support. A chuckle from a comedian is seen as turning against the Dems? Pathetic.
There. Fixed that for you. No charge.
Yes — and failing miserably.
@ Sal Cicio: “There are only a handful of conservative comedians.”
As many as that? Who are they — I don’t believe I’ve actually seen any (well, any that weren’t UNINTENTIONALLY funny, that is.)
I know there’s Greg Gutfilled and Dennis Miller, but they aren’t funny, so they don’t count . . .
He obviously doesn’t watch Fox News- Or read Fox Nation, Breitbart, or Newsbusters. Because this is old hat. Remember when Matt Damon disagreed with Obama on something, and it became a “White House War with Hollywood?” I don’t remember any leftists even giving that much of a shit about what Damon had to say- His opinion, he was a little rough giving it, that’s it…
But to hear the far right say it, SoCal had just become the new new Verdun.