Bill O’Reilly has challenged Jon Stewart to a debate on Common which is designed to push the latest Fox News anti-Obama smear.
Here is the video from Fox News:
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O’Reilly began, “Now last night on his program Jon Stewart avoided the cop killing deal concentrating on the good he sees in Common.” After playing a clip of Stewart, O’Reilly said, “Ok fine, I’ll take Mr. Stewart’s word for it, and again, I’m not objecting to Common’s poetry, just his pro-cop killer stance in two separate cases. Stewart went on to say that singers like Johnny Cash and Ted Nugent use violent lyrics in their songs, and that’s true. Stewart then linked Cash to George W. Bush and Nugent to some Fox News analysts. That is a classic defending dubious behavior, Common, by pointing to other dubious behavior, Cash and Nugent. That argument gets us nowhere.”
Bill-O then challenged to Jon Stewart to a debate, “No lies here, Jon, and I would like to debate you. I would like to debate you about the Common situation, because it’s important. This is far beyond dopey lyrics, and dopey presentation. Again, we don’t care about that. What we do care about is the President of the United States understanding that there are elements in this country who are subversive. Imagine what the mothers of the slain police officers thinking when they see a guy like Common in the White House. I mean Joanne Chesimard who killed New Jersey State Trooper Warner Firster was a member of the Black Liberation Army, and now she’s living in Cuba, and Common thinks she’s swell. Come on. ”
He concluded, “So with all due respect, I think Jon Stewart made a big mistake running down Fox News and defend Common, and I look forward to Jon Stewart coming on the program, The Factor to discuss it.”
O’Reilly really tried to drive the point home with his repeated use of the phrase cop killer in that segment. Bill O’Reilly wants to confront Jon Stewart on this because a debate would help to legitimize the Fox News’ claims that Common’s White House appearance is an issue. In reality, there is nothing to debate. The Common controversy is a ginned up attack on Obama that is designed to push the message that the President is un-American.
By appearing on Fox News to discuss it, Stewart would be giving credibility to a smear against Obama. Every time Stewart and O’Reilly hook up, it is ratings gold for both. What could be better for Fox News than to have the host of a popular program with younger viewers come on their network, and hopefully bring some of his viewers, who can exposed to their anti-Obama propaganda? Fox News would be using Jon Stewart to help push a baseless story.
As far as any kind of debate is concerned, Stewart has owned O’Reilly in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. There are lots of issues out there for Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly to debate, but a debate about Common would only help the Fox News agenda and be a waste of Stewart’s time.
Another Stewart/O’Reilly segment would be great, but the focus of the debate should be how Fox News can justify smear campaigns against Obama as news.
Jon Stewart should pass on O’Reilly’s proposed Common debate, because Fox News doesn’t need his help to push their Obama hate.