Bill O’Reilly vs Jon Stewart

I thought I would post this link to the debate between Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart, which was meant to be in the style of a US presidential debate. Bill O’Reilly is the host of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News while Jon Stewart is the host of The Daily Show. I used to watch The Daily Show regularly when I lived in the US. It is a fairly left-leaning show but I think it does a fantastically good job of highlighting when politicians and commentators are being disingenuous. It does criticise those on the right more often than those on the left, but does regularly criticise those on the left too. I would argue that this is because those on those on the right are more deserving of such criticism, but others might disagree.

I watched all of the debate and thought it was pretty good. Jon Stewart wasn’t quite as slick as he can be on The Daily Show, but presumably the debate wasn’t scripted. I don’t agree with Bill O’Reilly’s views and found them typically simplistic and often selfish (I work hard, deserve what I earn and why should tax pay for something with which I disagree), but I think it is good that he will take part in such events and at least tries to debate the issues. I particularly liked Jon Stewart’s closing remarks. His views, which I think apply to the UK as well as the US, is that we live in a social democracy (whether we like to admit it or not) and should start discussing the realities of such a society, rather than the debate being about rampant capitalism versus rampant socialism, neither of which is a realistic description of the societies in which we live. I think it is worth watching (it’s amusing as well as politically relevant) but it is rather long.

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