Jon Stewart appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to debate Bill O’Reilly about the singer Common being invited to the White House… Fox and Friends aired heavily edited footage of the debate video, from which Jon Stewart’s criticism of Fox News was removed.
Here’s the video from Fox and Friends:
Here’s what’s missing:
STEWART: There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox that petty fogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them. This guy is in the crosshairs in a way that he shouldn’t be, whether you agree with him or not over — you may think he is ignorant in believing that Assata Shakur is innocent. You may think he is ignorant in believing that Mumia is. But then guess what? Bono can’t go to the White House. Springsteen can’t go to the White House. Bob Dylan can’t go to the White House. You have got a lot of people that aren’t allowed to sit in the White House because they have written songs about people convicted of murder.
O’REILLY: You say that because Bono, Springsteen, and Bob Dylan wrote songs defending people who were accused of heinous things that I have to give Common a pass because he did the same thing.
STEWART: No. You have to be consistent with your outrage.
O’REILLY: All right. Let me give you -
STEWART: Be consistent.
O’REILLY: I will. Common visited, went to see.
STEWART: So what if Bono went to see Leonard Peltier?
O’REILLY: All right? In Cuba, and said – and said, quote –
STEWART: So now that’s your line? You are putting yourself in a smaller and smaller box.
O’REILLY: No, I’m not. I’m not.
STEWART: So this guy is worthy of it because he actually visited. And, by the way, I don’t agree with you that that’s what puts it over the top. I completely disagree with you.
O’REILLY: This makes it beyond a reasonable doubt.
STEWART: Oh, please.
O’REILLY: Oh, come on. You know this guy is sympathizing with two cop killers. You know that.
STEWART: I don’t know him. He believes they were unjustly convicted. That’s what I imagine this is.