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Bill O'Reilly vs Jon Stewart (VIDEO)

Like them or not, it's hard to dispute that Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart are two of the prime movers in the world of politics (and television).

So, when O'Reilly had Stewart on "The Factor" last night, it was a moment worth marking. It was a surprisingly cordial exchange, which you can watch for yourself below.

And, tune in to "The O"Reilly Factor" tonight for more of the conversation between the two men.

Part one:

Part two:

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 4, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
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The argument against the tax cuts and prescription drug expansion was NOT that they were bad ideas, but that they were UNFUNDED. We WANT cheaper drugs and lower taxes, but ONLY if we can afford it.

Key Word Here: Unfunded.

Why is this so hard to understand?

Posted by: trident420 | February 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

This is great. Was just waiting for FOX to cut away while they we're being lectured.

"This just in, Barack Obama suspected of indulging in a tuna fish sandwich using a brand of tuna that is not 'dolphin safe.'"

Posted by: marty27d | February 5, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Has Jon Stewart ever apologized for his performance in the Adam Sandler movie "Big Daddy"?

Jon Stewart and acting go together like lamb and tuna fish.

Posted by: Washington13 | February 4, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chris. This was a great interview.

Posted by: jameshauser | February 4, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I am astonished that Obama was complaining about Bush's Presciption Drug Act, which purchases drugs for Seniors.

He was basically complaining that this Act was causing a hole in the budget, and that he was stuck with it.

But Obama's health care plan would have created a situation 100 times worse - so what gives?

Obama would have done the damage, then be voted out, leaving the mess for everyone else to clean up.


Posted by: 37thand0street | February 4, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

While other stocks were rising. Gotcha.

What is it you do to make ends meet again? Some kind of analysis, right?

Pardon me I think this is my floor.

Posted by: Noacoler | February 4, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Make that 75.

Brew pub.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 4, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Accompanied by a 400 percent Drop in stock price. Liberal economics at work.

No problem here. Just libs being libs.

Barry is set to spread this around.

Posted by: Moonbat | February 4, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

A 9% drop in readership over a 14 year period that included the appearance of the Internet? This is supposed to illustrate failure?

Especially funny coming in a post that calls liberals the innumerate ones. What do you do again, driv ol' bean?

Posted by: Noacoler | February 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

'Rules for Radicals', cannot seem to get a leg up anywhere, here in Penna. the Mayor of the Capital instructs her employees not to talk to the press. It is as if the Census2010 must leave the West Wing.

Posted by: RayOne | February 4, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I think labeling this story like a Boxing Event belittles the potential for an exchange between two of the most clever men on TV.

I realize it was being heralded as a Wednesday Night Smackdown, but Jon Stewart almost always maintains a professionalism and intelligent discourse in his interviews on other networks. I'm disappointing in O'Reilly's work here, but maybe Thursday will lead to a better discussion.

Posted by: wesmikel | February 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If by "millions" you mean "under a million" then you have aptly demonstrated a liberals' grasp for numbers:

Year Weekday Circulation (Mon-Fri)
1993 1,183,100
1994 1,148,800
1995 1,124,300
1996 1,111,800
1997 1,090,900
1998 1,088,100
1999 1,109,700
2000 1,122,400
2001 1,143,700
2002 1,131,400
2003 1,132,000
2004 1,124,700
2005 1,135,800
2006 1,103,600
2007 1,066,600

Jan '05 - NYT = $40
Jan '10 - NYt = $12

this is considered a success in the new Obama world. He has had many similar "successes"

Posted by: drivl | February 4, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

What world are you living in? Do you stay glued to Fox News and conservative talk radio in some out of the way small town in Tenn where the population is 1000 and 998 of the people are registered republicans?

Otherwise, you must be writing a novel with an alternate version of history.

No one is reading the NYTimes? That's probably big news to the millions of New Yorkers now holding a copy of the paper.

Posted by: mtoverman | February 4, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

df198081 wrote:

@drivl: I dare you to make less sense.


ROLF. Beautiful post for its accuracy, brevity, and humor.

End mindless ranting (like drivl's).

Posted by: Hawaiiexpat | February 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@drivl: I dare you to make less sense.

Posted by: df198081 | February 4, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

In liberal land, there is only one single conservative out there and he is like Santa Claus, able to visit the entire world in a single day.

Liberals rely heavily on the Santa meme. It accounts for their economics, health care, foreign policy and basic government structure.

Posted by: drivl | February 4, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Hynes concedes Dem. governor primary race in Ill.

Figure I'd get this in before zook/moonbat/drivel/37+o/suzyc/whatever incarnations I missed flood the place.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 4, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I expect the angry leftists to yell REALLY LOUD in response to this. Krazy Keith is just about to be cancelled for using this approach.

the basic point is that no one is watching liberal MSDNC any longer, no one is reading the NYSLimes. all the propoganda and monopoly of "thought" is finished.

go quietly into the night losers. If you hurry you can ride along with Air Amerika.

the failure of liberalism is now evident for all to see.

Posted by: drivl | February 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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