Meanwhile, Bill O'Reilly had his good friend Bernie Goldberg on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about the Brian Ross debacle. Like Stewart, O'Reilly thinks it was a big mistake on Ross' part. The main difference is that while Stewart (and Bernie Goldberg for that matter) think it shouldn't matter what the killer's political affiliation is, O'Reilly thinks that if he had been an active Tea Party member (or god forbid, part of MoveOn), Fox News and the rest of the media would have covered it relentlessly. There's no doubt that this was lazy reporting on Brian Ross' part (or whoever was feeding him information). But in an election year, with the gun rights battle as politicized as it is, if it did turn out that there was a political motive behind the massacre it would of course become the story. I'm sure it's as hard for me to say this as it is for Jon Stewart, but Bill O'Reilly is right.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Gotcha Morning | Stewart, O'Reilly Agree on Brian Ross
Over the years, Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly have butted heads on everything from President Obama inviting Common to the White House to the perennial War on Christmas. But it's always refreshing when the two hosts can agree on something. In April of last year, Jon Stewart took some time to praise Bill O'Reilly for standing up to the birthers. And just last night, the two hosts were once again united against a common enemy: ABC anchor Brian Ross, who falsely claimed that the Aurora, Colorado shooter had ties to the Tea Party. On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart once again found himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to find comedy in a national tragedy. After discussing the political stalemate that is the gun control "debate,", Stewart moved on to cover Brian Ross' blunder. He describes Ross' reporting style like this: "Hey George, let me interrupt ya. I put the name 'Jim Holmes' into my search engine and hit the 'I'm Feeling Lazy' button."