Jon Stewart And Bill O'Reilly 'Rumble' For Charity
It was a good, ol'-fashioned rumble between famous rivals and pundits Jon Stewart, 49, who hosts Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Bill O'Reilly, 63, who helms Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.
Initially, the rumble was plagued by technical issues, which were later explained by the server crashing, and refunds of the $4.95 price — an amount that goes to charity — were offered to those who did not get to view the debate.
As for the sparring itself, it went off as expected, with the two frenemies discussing the war on Christmas, Mitt Romney's remark about "47 percent" of people not paying taxes, and, of course, O'Reilly's favorite scapegoat, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who recently spoke on behalf of women's health issues at the Democratic National Convention.
The "rumble" was gently criticized for being both too friendly and too disjointed. "It was like two ships passing in the night," reported Rolling Stone. "Or more like a massive Empire Strikes Back AT-AT with a faded Reagan '84 sticker on its bumper slowly stomping across a tundra of delusion while a rebel snow speeder zips around tying it in knots. Sometimes the two couldn’t even agree on what they were disagreeing about. (“Are we talking about Libya or Egypt?” Stewart asked during a less-than-conclusive segment on the Middle East.)"
Despite some gentle criticism, most are in agreement that the program was worth the cost — technical issues notwithstanding — if for no other reason than to get a chance to see Stewart hop onto O'Reilly's lap.
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