Earlier this week, I put up a post saying that while visiting The O’Reilly Factor, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly engaged in a “love-fest.”
Well, turns out that, after looking at the entire, unedited interview, which to its credit Fox News has posted on its website, the “narrative,” as Stewart kept saying to describe Fox’s news strategy, was quite different than the one that made it onto cable TV on Wednesday and Thursday.
Stewart pretty much answered every one of O’Reilly’s charges against him and The Daily Show, and pointed out a couple of other things. Such as calling out Fox News for saying during the previous administration that it was “unpatriotic” to criticize the previous President during a time of war, but engages in just such criticism now in regard to the current President’s policy in the war in Afghanistan.
That’s right at the top of this clip, taken from the Fox News unedited version:
A bit later in this same clip — about two minutes, 38 seconds in — Stewart gets O’Reilly to admit that Bill thinks President Obama is a “socialist” and a “tyrant,” and then proceeds to point out some ways in which Obama is, um, probably not those things.
My initial review was, to borrow a phrase, fair and balanced about what I saw on the TV screen. But looking at the unedited version provided by the Fox website, the broadcast was edited to tell a different story.