Tuesday, August 27, 2013

O’Reilly vs Stewart

O’Reilly vs Stewart
The Rumble in the air-conditioned auditorium
Oct 6, 2012
Access on-demand. 
It’s why Al Gore invented the internet.


I bet you can’t guess which one these guys I’m a fan of. Smart and funny!?! Stewart must have been standing near the front of the characteristics “order here” line to end up with both. I’m sure I was closer to the back of the line and when it was my turn not much was in stock.  Lucky me. I ended up with a depressive disorder and a corresponding weight management issues.


I have to admit, from watching Stewart and O’Reilly exchanges, I am impressed with O’Reilly. I don’t believe many Fox news correspondence would agree to a debate under any circumstances much less at some of the venues that they have booked.  The two of them discuss their disagreements, throw in a few barbs, but manage to sound rational without starting another civil war.

Near the end of the 2012 Rumble, Stewart and O’Reilly were asked how it was possible for them to hash out ideas, yet Congress could not do the same and what advice would they give Congress? It was hilarious. Stewart (who is 5 foot 6) casually stood up and sat down in O’Reilly’s lap (he is 6 foot 4).  O’Reilly, giving a nod to his self-proclaimed successful war on protecting Christmas asked, “And what would you like for Christmas, little boy?” before throwing him off.

If it were up to me, I would buy a bunch of enormous t shirt, pair up republicans with democrats and have each pair squeeze into a “work together” shirt. Then I would ground them all to the congressional floor until they got something done.

At the end of the debate, O’Reilly and Steward were asked about their friendship and what they admire in each other. O’Reilly gave some examples including, “Stewart tomorrow is going to visit the wounded troops.” Stewart responded, “O’Reilly coordinates a mean outfit," but then added “Bill comes by his principles honestly. He’s a smart guy. He’s a funny guy. This idea that disagreeing with somebody means you should not engage them is ridiculous.” (And they didn’t have to wear a “work together” shirt.)

In 2011, O’Reilly got his very own meme. He was debating the American Atheists president and attempted to prove the existence of God by pointing to examples of divine intervention. 

Unfortunately for him, he landed on the mystery of the ocean tides. “I’ll tell you why [religion is] not a scam, in my opinion. Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”

Recovering from that gaff would be pretty difficult.

 Especially when youtube is readily available. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM0DUo-xrjo


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