It's become increasingly clear that Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart
simply need each other. Evidence of O'Reilly's dependence was on
display last night with the title of his segment "Jon Stewart vs. Fox
News part 87." It was a small way of him acknowledging the longevity of
this mutually sustaining feud. (If that weren't enough, he's also
appeared on The Daily Show on numerous occasions and invited Stewart on The O'Reilly Factor twice.) But regardless of that, what
O'Reilly seems to want is for Stewart to acknowledge his need for Fox
News in return.
Last night's quote:
A brawl with FNC gives Stewart and his 600
writers great material, just like it gives me, the sole writer on "The
Factor," great material... I'm now convinced that Jon Stewart likes us.
He really likes us... And it makes sense. A guy like Jon would be
bored out of his mind watching CNN or NBC News. He'd bang his head
against the wall listening to that predictable stuff. But here, here,
we have all kinds of views, all kinds of debates. And we're not
boring. That's why Jon Stewart loves us, and, yes, needs us.
for O'Reilly, the strongest expression of mutual respect he may get from
Stewart is this display of 100% feigned admiration.
Here's last night's clip:
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