Thursday, February 04, 2010

Jon Stewart Tells It Like It Is: Bill O'Reilly Is "the Voice of Sanity" at Fox News

MSNBC has posted an Associated Press article and a video clip in which "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart says Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has "become in some ways the voice of sanity" at Fox news.

Addressing the host on "The O'Reilly Factor," Stewart added post-haste: “although that’s like being the thinnest kid at fat camp.”

Faux News' daily failure to be "fair and balanced" has been well documented, here and elsewhere. So of course I applaud Stewart for telling it like it is. Unfortunately, the network's talent for turning intelligent political discourse into pablum still paralyzes every attempt in Washington to resolve anything. Faux News needs to be embarrassed a lot more, until the public grasps how seldom Murdoch & Company tell the truth.

Here are more excerpts from the AP article, with one correction from the video's soundtrack:

Stewart tossed off jokes but also criticized Fox for being a “cyclonic perpetual [e]motion machine” opposing President Barack Obama.

“They have taken reasonable concerns about this president and this economy and turned it into a full-fledged panic attack about the next coming of Chairman Mao,” Stewart said.

Fox “is the most passionate and sells the clearest narrative of all the news networks, if ... you’re still referring to it in that manner,” Stewart said.

O’Reilly pointed out that Fox is like a newspaper with news and opinion pages, an idea Stewart poked fun at.

“Fox in and of itself doesn’t say you’re a news network all day,” he said. “What is it, you’re news from 9 to 11, then you’re opinion, then you’re news again from 1 to 2:30 except for the Jewish holidays? And then on alternate parking days you’re news, but Christmas, you’re not?”

But he did criticize Obama for not taking control of his agenda.

“It allows too much room for different narratives to take hold, for instance, a narrative that might emanate from a news organization of this ilk,” he said.

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