Keep Calm and Carry On

6 Feb

I didn’t see the cut version of Jon Stewart on Bill O’Reilly’s Factor the other night, but Gawker reviewed the entire, uncut version on Fox’s website and brings us highlights from the parts that didn’t make it to air. Which include many of Stewart’s strongest arguments about Fox News’ descent into hysterical, emotion-driven rage. Seriously excellent discussion. My favorite quotes:

On discussing the insanity of Neil Cavuto, Stewart explains that Cavuto’s schtick is posing ridiculous questions like: is Obama a Stalinist, while posting a picture of Stalin over his shoulder:

I know what this is. I come from Jersey—it’s the same thing: “I’m not saying your mother’s a whore. I’m just saying she has sex for money. With people.” [F]ox News used to be all about, you don’t criticize a president during wartime. It’s unacceptable, it’s treasonous, it gives aid and comfort to the enemy. All of a sudden, for some reason you can run out there and say, “Barack Obama is destroying the fabric of this country.”

Stewart gets O’Reilly to admit that he thinks Obama is a socialist tyrant. Stewart retorts:

How many tyrants do you know that really suffer because they can’t get cloture?

On the panic attack hysterical Fox-driven conservative terror over Khalid Sheikh Muhammad being tried on the US mainland:

He’s not Magneto—Khalid Sheikh Muhammad isn’t going to sprout wings and fly out and start shooting buildings with lasers

Check out the whole thing.

7 Responses to “Keep Calm and Carry On”

  1. RvrSide February 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    With unemployment at historic record levels, national debt is $12 Trillion, BHO is hardly a laughing matter.

    • John Deere February 7, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      If you think Barack Obama caused the nation’s unemployment, you are a moron.

  2. Mike February 6, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    “the insanity of Neil Cavuto”!? Cavuto is the gold standard. Then againd he’s no Shuster, Schultz, Sanchez, Behar, or Olbermann… no insanity there. See if you can figure out why Stewart was so eager to do that interview with O’Reilly, hmmmmmm, let me think.

    • Alan Bedenko February 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

      You think Stewart needs O’Reilly to promote his show? That’s funny, since he spent the entire interview obliterating the Fox News ideology and ethos, therefore basically informing O’Reilly’s audience that they’re consuming disinformation.

      In any event, you’re new here, so you may not have noticed yet that spewing left wing cable news talkers at me as proof that we have crazies too (a) isn’t persuasive because I don’t watch them, either; and (b) isn’t persuasive because it doesn’t address the underlying point made about Cavuto.

      • Mike February 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

        Neil Cavuto is one of the best in the business.

        Having watched both parts I think Stewart came off a bit sheepish in the O’Reilly interview, although we probably see such things through different lenses…

        My main point is that Neil Cavuto is head and shoulders above most others.

      • Mike February 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

        … and yes Stewart was on to expand his audience, that is no secret in the business.

  3. Dan Davis February 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Those that believe FOX News can’t handle (or are otherwise out of touch with reality) the truth and it is obvious by their comments.

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