Nothing in Common: Stewart to Debate O’Reilly Over Rapper

by | May 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM | Cable News, TV News

Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly (Photo: Fox News)

Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly (Photo: Fox News)


Jon Stewart has reportedly accepted Bill O’Reilly’s challenge to come on “The O’Reilly Factor” and debate O’Reilly on the subject of the rapper known as Common and his appropriateness as a White House guest.

Their get-together is scheduled for this Monday’s edition of the “Factor” on Fox News Channel, according to this story on The Huffington Post. O’Reilly threw down the gauntlet this week, criticizing Stewart for criticizing Fox News Channel personalities, including O’Reilly, for expressing their indignation over an appearance Common made at the White House this week, at the apparent invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Why the objection? Because, the Fox Newsers say, Common has voiced public support for two people who have been convicted of killing cops. In their view, Common should not be invited to the White House to perform. O’Reilly stressed that he has no problem with Common voicing his opinion, but he and his colleagues feel his invitation to the White House sends some sort of wrong message about cop-killing. We’re not sure what that is: That the White House condones it? Who would think that?

Anyway, Stewart went after FNC on his own “Daily Show” on Comedy Central with a segment he titled “Tone Def Poetry Jam” and took FNC to task for, in his opinion, reading more into this Common invitation than it deserved.

In challenging Stewart to a duel, er, debate, O’Reilly registered his indignation the old-fashioned way – by raising the topic of motherhood. “Imagine what the mothers of the slain police officers are thinking when they see a guy like Common in the White House,” he said on the “Factor” the other night.

So now, here comes Stewart to debate him on the subject. Does this make Common sense? We’ll have to wait and see the debate on Monday.


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