*Jon Stewart visited one of the numerous Fox News hosts who took issue with rapper Common’s invitation to a White House poetry event.
As previously reported, Stewart mocked the GOP’s outrage on “The Daily Show,” saying, “(Common was) subject of Fox News Channel’s latest exercise in fits of hissy.” Chief among them, Bill O’Reilly.
On Monday, Stewart appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to argue that Fox and other conservatives have completely mischaracterized the rapper, and have proven themselves to be hypocrites.
Stewart said conservatives needed to be “consistent” with their “outrage” – pointing to the story of Leonard Peltier – who was convicted of killing two federal agents back in the ’70s.
Stewart said, “Guess who wrote a song about Leonard Peltier? Bono. Guess where he was? The White House. Booh-yah!”
Host Bill O’Reilly fired back from the political right, saying, “You know this guy is sympathizing with two cop killers. You know that.”
Stewart responded, “I don’t know him.”
O’Reilly said, “That’s enough for a sitting president to say, ‘You know what? This guy might be radioactive.'”
Stewart said at one point in the show, “By the way, songs are not literal. When The Weather Girls sing, ‘It’s raining men,’ it’s not really precipitation of males.”
O’Reilly replied, “Stop attacking The Weather Girls; I like them.”
Later in the show, O’Reilly said, in essence, that Jon Stewart was nice for coming to play, and that he’s smarter and funnier than most liberals. The debate was taped Friday and the second part will air tonight.
And what did the source of the showdown think of it all? “Sooooo…is anything good on tv tonight?” tweeted Common.
Watch clips from the debate below: