Jon Stewart: Bill O'Reilly Is The "Voice Of Sanity" On Fox News

Comic Jon Stewart told Bill O

** FILE ** In this Sept. 25, 2007 file photo, Jon Stewart is shown during a taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

Comic Jon Stewart told Bill O'Reilly that the "no spin zone" ringleader had become the voice of sanity on Fox News Channel, although "that's like being the thinnest kid at fat camp."

The host of "The Daily Show" and Fox's kingpin exchanged some good-natured shots Wednesday during Stewart's appearance on a network he relishes mocking. Stewart tossed off jokes but also criticized Fox for being a "cyclonic perpetual 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.

O'Reilly said the Obama attacks were primarily coming from Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, who have two of the highest-rated programs on Fox. O'Reilly called Beck an "everyman."

"He just spouts," O'Reilly said. "He spouts for what he believes. If you think Beck spouts for the Republican Party, you're out of your mind."

Fox cut off the taped interview at that point, saying more would be shown Thursday.

Both men have appeared on each other's show before, but it was Stewart's first time back since 2004. O'Reilly annoyed Comedy Central by calling Stewart's audience primarily "stoned slackers"; on Wednesday, he amended it to "stoned slackers who love Obama."

There was even a dispute over who initiated the return visit. O'Reilly said on Fox earlier Wednesday that Stewart's representatives had asked for him to come on the show. Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox said an O'Reilly producer requested the appearance.

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?"

Stewart was asked about a Washington Post column that suggested he was becoming disenchanted with Obama. "I don't take any of that seriously," he said.

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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  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    Who's Jon Stewart?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 4, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    Lavon, that denial thing works for ya, never change. Taylor, Fox news in number one, not only in the polls but in the ratings. Liberals whine about it since it gives the truth they don't want us to know. The lamestream cater to the left and protecting information from its people. I hate to say it, but even the National Enquirer, Lavon's favorite newspaper, broke the big stories this past year. Used to be Edwards would have been fried by NBC or the others. They go on board well after the story broke.
  • by Taylor Location: Williamston on Feb 4, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    As much as the left wing main stream media tries its far left spin including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox is absolutely killing them in the polls! Just look it up, its not even close! This country is and has been a center right country. Lord Have Mercy on this country and the INEXPERIENCED and pitiful administration that is spending money like drunken sailors.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Feb 4, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    Most folks who criticize Fox News as being right wing simply either do not understand or refuse to understand the difference between news programming and opinion programming. Fox News presents the left with something they’ve never faced from ANY other news organization, a different opinion. While no one could deny that the majority of Fox’s opinion program is certainly leaning to the right to my knowledge they have not yet been accused of forging President Obama’s military service record to further any political agenda as did Dan Rather. If you don’t like Fox, don’t watch it. Now, with that said, I’ll agree this really isn’t news.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    John Stewart is a comedian, just a baffoon. He is as politically astute as Sean Penn. In other words he is a moron, so why is this relevant?
  • by just some guy Location: Greenville on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    WITN, please get a grip. This is not news. Let's see...we've got our armed forces fighting in two wars. An entire country has been destroyed in Haiti. We've got a global environmental crisis that demands action from everyone. We've got serious economic problems (and opportunities) right here in Greenville. And you're reporting on what a comedian says about another media figure? No wonder no one takes the broadcast media seriously anymore.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    I think anyone with 1/2 of a brain with a good understanding of how our country works and what's going on within our government can see that O'Reilly actually displays the truth regarding corruption & deceit among our government leaders. Jon Stewart sees this because he's a smart guy. He's still shows favor towards the liberal left probably because of ratings & viewers he initially picked up as he became famous. He plays the comedy parts very well, especially the comedy towards Obonga & his stupid nut gang.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    Who cares what Jon Stewart thinks. Why is this news?
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM
    Jon Stewart has never impressed me one bit and is just not that funny. I don't understand how he gets such a high rating.
  • by Tyrone Location: Greenville on Feb 4, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Jon Stewart is a very liberal comic. He considers NBC news fair and balanced. I will give him credit for coming on Bill O'Reilly's show
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