When these two are together it always makes for good TV (even if you don't like Stewart's snarkiness/politics), yet another reason why FOX stays No.1:
Did you think that the conversation between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly lacked “zazz”? For all the expectation of two of the heavyweights of opinion media world — ostensibly presenting differing ideological points of view — the jovial exchange lacked any real body blows to declare a “winner.” Well, thanks to the folks at Fox News, the entire unedited version of the interview is available, and it turns out that much of the un-aired portion includedthe most pointed commentary by Mr. Stewart, which we’ve summed up below.
The edited version that aired on last night’s program, came out to just under 12 minutes of actual interview time (interrupted by a commercial break.) The unedited interview (embedded below in two parts) rounded up to over 19 minutes.
So what was cut out? Some of the most interesting parts to the interview, namely Stewart’s mocking of O’Reilly’s “folksiness” and blue collar perspective. More importantly, a fascinating back and forth over the Tea Party movement that Factor producers decided to leave on the cutting room floor.
It started with Stewart telling his host that “the tea party scares you as much as it scares anybody,” which had O’Reilly explaining his familiarity with Tea Partiers: “Beck and I go out on the Bold Fresh tour and we see these people all the time. They would stone you to death like the Iranians do.” Stewart jokingly replied, “Are you suggesting that regular people in this country are the Taliban? Did you just say on your own show that regular Tea Party Americans are the Taliban?”