Jon Stewart On The Bill O’Reilly Factor

Jon Stewart On The OReilly Factor

My favorite moment is when Stewart prods at the real reason Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck support the Tea Party:

I know that you and Glenn see green — I mean see the people. So, where do you set up your merchandising table at those gigs? Do you sell his book and your book?

Followed by Bill O’Reilly describing his profits from the Tea Party movement as ‘charity’:

You’re making ‘charity’ hand-over fist, aren’t you?

Video taken from Fox News: Unedited Jon Stewart Interview. Full transcript below:

O’Reilly: All right, Stewart is back. It’s inexplicable, but he’s here.

JON Stewart, HOST, “THE DAILY SHOW”: Stewart is back. What about, “Hi, Jon, great to see you.” Nice to see you as well, Bill.

O’Reilly: What, do you want me to be a phony?

Stewart: It hurts my feelings.

O’Reilly: OK. Obama remorse. Some people who voted for him…

Stewart: Yes.

O’Reilly: …as you saw Velma Hart the other day, who voted for the hope and the dream and it ain’t happening. Do you, Jon Stewart, have Obama remorse?

Stewart: I think people feel a disappointment in that there was a sense that, “Oh, Jesus will walk on water” and now you are looking at like, “Oh, look at that. He is just treading water.”

O’Reilly: But did you buy — did you buy the messiah thing when he was campaigning?

Stewart: Look, I don’t buy the messiah thing with the messiah thing…

O’Reilly: But you are a supporter…

Stewart: …let alone with a politician.

O’Reilly: You were a supporter of Obama. Now, do you regret…

Stewart: I thought he would do a better job. I was a supporter of McCain as well for a long time.

O’Reilly: But you threw McCain under the bus.

Stewart: No. McCain threw himself under the bus.

O’Reilly: No, no, you threw him. I saw you. You pushed him.

Stewart: I would not push a man of that stature under the bus. I still love him. Talk about remorse…

O’Reilly: But you loved Obama more. You pulled the lever for Obama.

Stewart: Are you saying, I’m — I’m — what are you trying to say? I’m a left…

O’Reilly: You regret the vote? You regret — if you had to go back in a time capsule, would you vote for McCain?

Stewart: No.

O’Reilly: No.

Stewart: No. I still wouldn’t have voted for McCain.

O’Reilly: So, you’re standing by your man, you and Tammy Wynette.

Stewart: I would not suggest that it’s a country love song in the way you were. But here’s what I thought. I thought we were in such a place, much like the Tea Party feels now, that the country was in such a place that we needed a more drastic reconstruction of policy — perhaps, a deconstruction of the powers that be. I thought this may be a chance to do that. I have been saddened to see that someone who ran on the idea that you can’t expect to get different results with the same people in the same system has kept in place so much of the same system and the same people.

O’Reilly: But he still has been drastic in the sense that he…

Stewart: How has he been drastic, sir?

O’Reilly: Because he separates himself from the regular folks, and let me give you two examples, all right? The mosque thing.

Stewart: Uh-huh.

O’Reilly: All he had to say was, “Yeah, they have a right to it, but it’s really not good idea for sensitivities.” He wouldn’t do it.

Stewart: I think that is what he said.

O’Reilly: No, he didn’t say that. He said…

Stewart: He said they had the right to do it.

O’Reilly: And you mocked him for it.

Stewart: Well, I mock people.

O’Reilly: But he wouldn’t comment on the wisdom. And the people are going, “Come on. You are the leader of the country. You have to comment.”

Stewart: What people?

O’Reilly: The folks. The regular people. People who never would watch your show. People who watch me, not you.

Stewart: You are making things up.

O’Reilly: I’m not making things up.

Stewart: When is the last time you even visited Levittown, Bill?

O’Reilly: Sunday. Sunday, I was there, Stewart.

Stewart: “I was there. I was building a barbecue for my friend Joey, brick by brick. I threw on some sausage and pepper. And they came in, you know, we all watched the game, had some — it was unbelievable.”

O’Reilly: You are deflecting.

Stewart: What do you want me not to deflect?

O’Reilly: I’m telling you that the president has separated himself from the folks, and that’s why he’s having so much trouble in the polls.

Stewart: I don’t even know — I think that sounds like a meaningless thing to say. You are saying folks. What are folks?

O’Reilly: Working Americans don’t understand his thought process.

Stewart: That may be very well true, but he didn’t separate himself from working Americans. He hasn’t done enough to — he ran on the idea that the middle class…

O’Reilly: Yes.

Stewart: …was going to be his focus.

O’Reilly: And it isn’t.

Stewart: Well, he is trying right now to preserve the tax cuts for them and remove the ones for the people making $250,000 and above.

O’Reilly: Did you get your health care premiums?

Stewart: My health care premiums have been crazy for years.

O’Reilly: OK.

Stewart: I pay health care for everybody at our show.

O’Reilly: All right. Velma Hart said it the other day.

Stewart: Velma Hart still supports him and has great hopes for him. Velma Hart feels that the policies that he promised to deliver on have not come — have not materialized fast enough. I completely agree with the sentiment that he ran as a visionary and he has led as a functionary.

O’Reilly: Now, let’s get on to your Halloween rally in Washington, D.C.

Stewart: Are you even listening to me?

O’Reilly: Do we have to dress up if we go to D.C. in costumes? Why are we going in the beginning? Why are we there?

Stewart: The folks that I see in my gigs that I go out to are real Americans, plumbers and such. They tell me that they don’t feel represented by the extremities they see on things like Fox News and other things like that. They say the real voice of the people has been muted by the extremists, that the loudest voices are the ones that seem to carry the day. So what I’m hearing is they want to feel a catharsis that they are not alone, that they’re also represented. So that’s why we are doing it. We are trying to find that thin sliver of America between pinhead and patriot.

O’Reilly: All right, so you and Stephen Colbert…

Stewart: If we could just find that sweet spot — pintriots if you will.

O’Reilly: You’re going to get out there in D.C. Do you have a little permit yet?

Stewart: I doubt it. No.

O’Reilly: So you’re just going to be there and get arrested? So the day before Halloween…

Stewart: October 30, 12:00 to 3:00. Not at night. This is for people who have jobs and families, you know, the rallying cries, we’re here but we are only here until 3:00. We have a sitter.


O’Reilly: OK, good. Christine O’Donnell, would you vote for the witch or the Marxist?

Stewart: Who the hell knows?

O’Reilly: Do you want the Marxist? I know you do. I can see it in your eyes.

Stewart: Yes. And, by the way, that is in no way a pejorative way to describe him. I’m sure he is absolutely a Marxist. By the way, can you be bald and a Marxist? Is that even allowed?

O’Reilly: I think you can. I think Lenin was bald. Was he not?

Stewart: All right. I don’t imagine that a state like Delaware, which is a pretty, you know, mild state — whoever is better for DuPont, that’s who I’m for.

O’Reilly: OK.

Stewart: Because as DuPont goes, so goes Delaware. So, whoever is for coming up with a new synthetic that you can spray on your couch to keep ketchup off it, I’m voting for that person.

O’Reilly: We, here at Fox…

Stewart: But here’s the thing. Let me say this about Christine O’Donnell.

O’Reilly: Yes?

Stewart: The witch thing is ridiculous. The masturbation comments, ridiculous. Let the woman — she is one of the least interesting Tea Party candidates I’ve seen yet.

O’Reilly: You know, she won’t come on “The Factor.” I don’t think she’s going to go on your program either.

Stewart: She doesn’t — she doesn’t respect the folks?

O’Reilly: I don’t know.

Stewart: Why won’t she respect the folks?

O’Reilly: I think the venue might be too tough here. OK, let’s take a break, and we will come back and talk about your big book.

Stewart: Let’s do that.

O’Reilly: Which is competing with my big book.

Stewart: You have a book out?

O’Reilly: Yes.

Stewart: Good luck with that.

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  2. John says:

    That was awesome!

  3. Paul says:

    As much as I hate Bill that was absolutely hilarious watching them trade barbs and just smiling the whole time. That was great 😀

  4. Richard says:

    Stewart was just playing with him too. Dealt.

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow he gets owned

  6. Roy says:

    Jon destroys Bill? 11 minutes of mindless banter. Entertaining at best.

  7. Anonymous says:

    They’re having fun. Good laugh.

  8. Andrew says:

    I hate O’Reily but he was more impressive in that exchange.

  9. I dont get it says:

    I dont get it why are they laughing, i dont understand what they are saying but it seems like they are just talking, why aren’t they showing hatred feelings, is it that who ever shows hatred feelings first loses cause they’re on national TV so they have to hide their emotions because this is gonna get recorded so if you act positive and the other guy acts negative then the guy who acts positive wins cause he didnt lose his cool so you have to talk to your nemesis in a way that you dont lose your cool and listen closely to what they say and to what my response is and then who ever makes most sense wins? this is too much thinking im just gonna be a dumb ass and say Bill won

  10. jneal says:

    Notice how Bill O tried to make Stewarts rally sound childish with the whole “Do we have to dress up..” thing. And also using the “Every dope dealer within a hundred miles is gonna be there” comment, to try and scare people away from going. Bill and the rest of the idiots in the news, especially at Fox, are scared that his point is going to hit home with Americans. No more of this bogus, loudest wins crap. Sanity will be restored. Actual conversations will be had and I believe that everyone will “Take it down a notch, for America.” Time to get back to having a real dialogue in this country.

  11. ThirdEye says:

    What a load of rubbish. Turn off your TV and wake up to the real powers that be!

  12. Andrew says:

    I feel like Jon missed out on a great opportunity to call out Bill’s ‘folks’ as undereducated which probably would have upset viewers, yes, but it would lower his ratings substantially.

    • Anonymous says:

      @Andrew / Or at least call him out the whole use of ‘folks’, like it doesn’t apply to you, me or anyone I know.
      ‘You know, folks, normal people. Not you, and not anyone who likes you; me, and people who watch me, Americans’. Yeah, thanks Bill. Folks must be disgruntled fundamentalist christian people who think trickle down-economics is what a body needs.

      Someone needs to start a good PR campaign that gives us a cool name. One that makes the non-hating, rational people sound pleasant, not threatening to anyone not seeking an elected office, and mundane. Yet, a better name than folks or, spare me … pinatriot. I know, how about constituents?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Why is the ‘full transcript’ edited?

  14. IfOnly says:

    I wish the president did take a strong of a stand on the right to build a mosque, without the big (it’s not the sensitive thing) apology! But I think J. Stewart is right, I don’t think it went down that way. I get that the president tries to respects the theoretical limits of the executive branch, but the single job of protecting the constitution is his. Call it gay rights, women’s rights, equal rights , human rights (Arizona) or freedom of religion, these are American values. If some of that stuff started happening, it would quell any sorrow I have over what hasn’t happened, what hasn’t been transparent in the last four years, and my bleeping 33 percent increase in insurance. I want real equal access to health care, education, due process and military service, and I want Bill O’Reilly to stop calling me an anomaly, like I’m not a working American.

  15. Anonymous says:

    They’re different sides of the same coin – feeding of faux-controversy to build their personality cults.

  16. gahutchjr says:

    They had an intersting conversation as equals; respecting each other, and it was far more interesting than the candidate debates that I have heard.

  17. dave says:

    I’m no fan of Oreilly and I think Stewart is one bad joke but I agree most of the attendees will be dope dealers and dope smokers…

  18. Dennis says:

    Jon Stewart Destroys Bill O’Reilly. Thats the headline that brought me here to the PBH network. This site is a joke, there is nothing to learn here. Except that PBH hates O’Reilly and Fox News. I can only see this website falling by the wayside. Try some honesty.( Look up honesty in wikipedia ).

  19. s1951 says:

    Notice stewart using the devil sign at about 9min

  20. fb says:

    No wonder the US is were it is. Why don’t liberals look around them and see what they have done to other countries and continents.

  21. Moose says:

    This is one of the best interviews I’ve seen.. This is too funny.. I have much greater respect for both on how they see things completely different and yet have a debate without anger.

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  23. Julia says:

    wonderful interview i really like it, and wish to be there

  24. Anonymous says:

    Is Bill O Reilly the most vile human being on the face of the earth? I don’t know for sure, but he’s got my vote.

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