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Stewart vs. O’Reilly Showdown: Intense Battle over White Privilege

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Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly got together again Wednesday night for an intense debate about white privilege that came very close to turning into a shouting match.

A few months ago, O’Reilly had dismissed the idea of “white privilege” as a fantasy, and Stewart challenged him on that, practically starting the interview saying “I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege.”

O’Reilly stuck to his argument about Asians doing well, therefore maybe Asian privilege exists, but Stewart argued “white males set the system.” O’Reilly shot back it’s ridiculous because there’s “no more slavery, no more Jim Crow,” and the president is black. Stewart argued the residual effects still exist today.

Things got really heated and O’Reilly and Stewart were practically yelling at each other at one point. Stewart asked him at one point, “Why so defensive about it?”

Watch the face-off below (extended version), via Comedy Central:

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Report: NBC Actively Pursued Jon Stewart To Host ‘Meet The Press’

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I haven’t watched MTP for years.  If Jon Stewart had accepted the job, I would have watched every week…

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Before settling on Chuck Todd, NBC executives seriously considered tapping Jon Stewart to serve as the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” according to a report from New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman.

Sherman cited “three senior television sources” who said that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with the “Daily Show” host to take over the longtime Sunday morning program. The negotiations did not bear fruit, but it apparently wasn’t for lack of trying by NBC, Sherman reports:

One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brinks truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Turness did not respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Todd debuted as moderator of “Meet the Press” last month after the show’s ratings had slipped precipitously under David Gregory. The show saw an initial ratings boost after Todd took over, but has since slipped back to third place behind rival programs on CBS and ABC.

Todd, for his part, tried to make light of the news on Twitter with a reference to the sign-off for both “Meet the Press” and the “Daily Show.”
If it’s Sunday, it’s your moment of zen.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) October 8, 2014

Jon Stewart slams Congress for cravenly ducking debate on ISIS

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The Week

Maybe you’re not surprised that Congress is ducking a debate on the war against ISIS for what appears to be purely political reasons, and at this point, maybe you’re not even taken aback. Jon Stewart wants you to be taken aback. On Monday night’s Daily Show, he unfavorably compared Congress to Britain’s Parliament, which was called back into session by Prime Minister David Cameron last week to have a vigorous debate over whether the UK should join America’s ISIS bombing campaign.

Stewart doesn’t go into the differences between Britain’s parliamentary system and America’s separately elected legislative and executive branches — this is a comedy TV show, after all, not a seminar on comparative politics — but his point largely stands: America’s “legislators refuse to debate publicly one of the most crucial issues of our time, for fear that we will hear them.” He singles out House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who warns about President Obama’s handling of the imminent threat of ISIS “barbarians” but won’t call the House back to tackle that threat.

Congress’ excuse is that Obama didn’t ask them to debate the ISIS battle — Stewart isn’t buying it (as he mockingly notes in his Lindsey Graham voice, for some reason, before breaking out a pink magic wand). And the only person in Congress willing to explain the real, brazenly political motives is Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who lost a GOP primary and won’t be returning to Congress next year. “You know what, the rest of you motherf—kers either get back to Washington and debate and vote on this thing, or maybe it’s time to tell ‘mom’ we’re coming home,” Stewart concluded, pointing to a photo of Queen Elizabeth II.

Watch the episode here…

Stewart on Fox News’s ‘Latte Salute’ Coverage: ‘F*ck You and Your False Patriotism’

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The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart on Thursday knocked the news media’s coverage of President Barack Obama and his now-infamous “latte salute,” taking particular aim at Fox News.

On Tuesday, Obama exited Marine One in New York, NY, hot drink in hand. He greeted the two Marines at the steps of the aircraft by saluting with his right hand, which, incidentally, was also carrying the cup.

“Are we surprised?” Republican strategist Karl Rove said on Fox News about the salute. “After all, we’ve got a chai-swillin’, golf-playin’, basketball trash-talkin’, leadin’-from-behind, I-got-no-strategy, Osama-bin-Laden-is-dead, GM-is-alive, community-organizin’ commander-in-chief.”

Eric Bolling, also on Fox News, said the salute was disrespectful toward the U.S. military.

“Fuck you and your false patriotism,” Daily Show host Jon Stewart said of the coverage, noting that Bolling had also made a joke about women in the military (which Bolling has apologized for).

“You don’t really care about this,” Stewart said. “You have no principle about this. You’re just trying to score points in a game that no one else is playing.”

Watch via Comedy Central:

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart wants Rand Paul to pick an opinion and stick with it

Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart wants Rand Paul to pick an opinion and stick with it

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 Salon

“You took a position, you should stand by it!” Stewart exclaimed

If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is to become the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2016, he’s going to have to stick to his opinions, said Jon Stewart on Thursday night. While Paul has sought to end funding to Israel, he has since backtracked on his unpopular opinion. Stewart criticized Paul for flip-flopping on his foreign aid stance, exclaiming, “You took a position, you should stand by it!” Now Paul is off to the Iowa, where he’ll probably say many more unpopular things.

Jon Stewart Giddy Over Fox News Calling Dick Cheney Out For His ‘Disingenuous Blame Game’

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The Huffington Post

Dick Cheney has been doing the cable news rounds, making sure everyone knows that President Obama is responsible for the crisis in Iraq and not the Bush administration. This left Jon Stewart asking, “Has America finally tired of Dick Cheney’s disingenuous blame game?”

If Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is any indication, it has. Stewart was practically giddy after rolling the clip of Kelly grilling Cheney over his Iraq talking points. But as “The Daily Show’s” newest correspondent Michael Che points out, there’s a lot more to this story than we’ve heard (or will ever see).

Watch part one of “Mess O’Potamia” above and part two with Che’s possibly completely fabricated report below.

Jon Stewart Blasts NRA, Open Carry Texas ‘Gun Nuts’ (VIDEO)

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After members of Open Carry Texas cut up their NRA membership cards in response — as Stewart pointed out, if open carry advocates were “sitting on a bunker full of assault rifles,” why did they choose to make their point with scissors? — the NRA quickly reversed course and apologized.

“Wow. Everyone’s scared of gun nuts — even other gun nuts,” he said.

While the open carry advocates and NRA members live by the mantra of being a “good guy with a gun,” Stewart continued, the “members of the National Everybody Else Association” have no idea whether the person standing behind them in line at Chili’s carrying a rifle is indeed a good guy.

“We are at the intersection of Open Carry Road and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Place,” he observed. “Here’s where we are. So what the f*ck are we supposed to do now? According to the NRA’s basic principles, you have a right to carry a weapon that may cause a reasonable person to believe they are in danger of great bodily injury. And they have a right, if they feel that way, to respond with deadly force. It’s a perpetual violence machine. It’s ‘Gunfight at the Golden Corral.’”

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Jon Stewart blasts Fox: You’d love Bergdahl’s dad if he wore a ‘Duck Dynasty’ bandana

Jon Stewart blasts Fox: You’d love Bergdahl’s dad if he wore a ‘Duck Dynasty’ bandana (via Raw Story )

Daily Show host Jon Stewart tore into Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday over his criticizing the father of recently-released American POW Bowe Bergdahl for his beard, considering the Fox lovefest over the hirsute Duck Dynasty clan. “First of all…

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Jon Stewart Slams GOP Hypocrisy Over VA Scandal

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The GOP has been blasting the Obama administration for failing to give veterans timely care in the VA hospital scandal. But as Jon Stewart pointed out on Thursday’s “Daily Show,” the Republicans haven’t been helping, either.

Stewart played video clips of Republicans in the Senate undermining efforts to increase funding for veterans’ benefits, then took a trip down “Terrible Memory Lane” to show how U.S. veterans have gotten the shaft for much of the nation’s history no matter who’s in power.

“On this Memorial Day weekend eve, we can finally admit that America has had for over 200 years a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back,” Stewart said.

In the clip above, watch Stewart rip into the GOP for calling out the president while refusing to boost funding for veterans. Even Bill O’Reilly gets in on the act.

Then, in the clip below, take that trip down “Terrible Memory Lane.”