On his Fox News program tonight, host Bill O’Reilly, and guest Bernie Goldberg continued Fox News’ feud with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart by calling Stewart the point man for the left wing media in America. Bill-O said, “I believe that Jon Stewart has now emerged as the point man for the left wing media in America.”
Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:
Bill O’Reilly said, “We’re taking this not so seriously, but it is a serious issue because I believe Jon Stewart has now emerged as the point man for the left wing media in America. With the decline of The New York Times and other liberal news papers, he is now the face of the left on television.”
Bernie Goldberg both claimed victory and cried uncle, “Let me first say that I don’t have a problem with anything he did last night, all in bounds, all civil you know, no problem. I’m flattered as a matter of fact that he spent half his show talking about me. Clearly I got to him by saying that he wasn’t as gutsy as he thought he was, or courageous. He played it safe too often, had a small audience and all that, but fine, I’m not looking to continue any war with Jon Stewart. I’ve been on his show twice, and he was civil to me both times, but as to your question, he has a lot of influence, he doesn’t have a big audience, but he has a lot of influence with young viewers who are very, very loyal to him.”
Goldberg than called Stewart fans sewer dwellers, “My website…it’s a civil place. People agree with me, disagree with me, it’s always civil though until last night. These people came out of the sewer that is the World Wide Web, and put the most vile, vulgar hateful stuff on mimicking stuff that Jon Stewart said about go F yourself, and I can handle that, but I don’t think, I don’t want to get too high fallootin here, but I don’t think it’s good for the culture when people get that angry.”
In case you missed it, on Tuesday’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart called out both Bernie Goldberg and Fox News for their hypocrisy on the issue of balanced coverage. Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg want us to believe that Jon Stewart has a tiny audience of sewer dwellers who rose up to create havoc on Goldberg’s website by telling him to go f**k himself, but this in itself is a contradiction. If Stewart’s audience, and by extension Goldberg, O’Reilly, Fox News are also generalizing about the left, is so small, then why is Bernie Goldberg whining? The truth is that Stewart’s audience isn’t that small, and Goldberg is lying to make the right wing look bigger.
The obvious irony that Bernie Goldberg and Fox News are lecturing anyone about inciting anger, when Fox News is the anger inciting/propaganda arm of the GOP, is delicious. O’Reilly and Goldberg managed to ignore Stewart’s point that Fox News is a terrible news organization that can’t even follow its own slogan of Fair and Balanced. Bernie Goldberg claimed that he got to Stewart all the while making it clear that he wanted no part of another beat down at the hands of The Daily Show host.
The reality is that Fox is jealous of The Daily Show because FNC skews demographically old, and Stewart has huge ratings among the 18-35 crowd. This is an audience that Fox News would love to have but can’t capture. Stewart is dangerous to Fox News because he is educating young people about Fox’s misinformation disguised as news. Every viewer that Stewart educates is another future viewer lost for Fox News. This is the real reason why Fox News hates Jon Stewart.