J.J. Goldberg

Must See TV: O'Reilly Chats Up Jon Stewart, Offers Him a VP Slot, Calls Him a Jew

By J.J. Goldberg

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Here, for your viewing delight, is Jon Stewart’s appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” in three parts. The interview ran over two nights, Tuesday, February 3 (Parts 1 and 2 below) and Wednesday, February 4 (Part 3 below).

The whole thing is a fascinating exercise in the current state of the media-politics-entertainment nexus and well worth the watch. If you only have a few minutes, though, the must-see segments comes in part 3.

First, at 2:40 on the clock, O’Reilly says he plans to run for president and asks Stewart to be his running mate. That is a running theme through the rest of the segment — O’Reilly turns the show into a vetting interview for the job.

Second — and this is priceless — at 4:20, they’re discussing the Iranian nuclear threat and O’Reilly suddenly says to Stewart, “You’re a Jewish guy, right?” Stewart seems utterly nonplussed for about a millisecond, like Where the Hell Is This Coming From, and then comes back with a hilarious riposte, eventually railing about the “war on Hanukkah.”

Third, at 7:33 Jon explains why he won’t be O’Reilly’s running mate.

O’Reilly and Stewart, Part 1.

O’Reilly and Stewart, Part 2.

O’Reilly and Stewart, Part 3.

Want more? Stewart followed up on his own show Wednesday night with his reflections on the experience. He airs some of O’Reilly’s weirder after-the-fact analyses of the interview and then discusses it with his therapist (played by Wallace Shawn). You can watch it on the Daily Show’s own site, here.



Comments
bill Pearlman Sat. Feb 6, 2010

Jon Stewart was born Jewish but doesn't give a shit about. Nor does be reminded about it. He has a christian wife and christian kids. Lets not pretend that he care whether Israel gets wiped out in an Iranian attack

Bill Pearlman Sat. Feb 6, 2010

I can actually spell. Just in a hurry.

No Lies Sun. Feb 7, 2010

My thoughts exactly Bill! Let's not forget John's blistering attack on Israel after it justly fought back against the hamass terrorist rocket attacks last year. John Stewart is a anti-Israel self-hating Jew. We should be happy his wife and children are gentiles. The Jewish doesn't need traitors like John.

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