Trying to make a liberal loudmouth “understand America,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Wednesday mounted a point-by-point defense of his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama.
His target was Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, who set a new standard for boot-licking-low Tuesday when he mocked O’Reilly for daring to question the president about the terrorist murders in Benghazi, the IRS stomping on the rights of Americans and the continuing implosion of Obamacare.
In opening Tuesday’s “The Daily Show,” Stewart parroted the administration line that Benghazi and the IRS had been “thoroughly investigated” and that O’Reilly in the interview had pulled out the “full Fox scandal grab bag” to grill the president. All of the scandals have been “thoroughly investigated multiple times,” Stewart said, and had been found empty.
“That’s farce,” O’Reilly stated flatly, before trying to explain, again, why it should matter to all Americans – Stewart included – how the president responds to attacks against Americans abroad, whether the president is responsible for the trampling of American rights at home, and how the president’s “signature” accomplishment is turning into a nightmare for the rest of the country.
“I believe that might be an important issue,” O’Reilly said. “Are you hearing me out there in left-wing fantasy land?”
Backing up O’Reilly were USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers, who has tangled with O’Reilly on air before, and Republican political strategist Kate Obenshain, who called O’Reilly’s interview style a refreshing change from the normally deferential softballs the president gets from the mainstream press.
Check out the video of Stewart’s propaganda-as-comedy routine and O’Reilly’s “Talking Points” response here:
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