Bill O’Reilly And Bernie Goldberg Bite Back At Jon Stewart’s “Go F*ck Yourself”


Last week Jon Stewart made a particularly strong critique of the overgeneralizations and stereotypes made by the pundits on Fox News, saving special pique for Fox News media analyst Bernie Goldberg. Appearing tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Goldberg got his chance to return the volley, and, for fans of these sorts of media battles, he did not disappoint. Goldberg pushed back hard at Stewart, and reached to a personal level rarely seen in these sorts of media battles.

First a bit of background: Goldberg recently mocked the mainstream media’s stereotypical portrayal of Tea Partiers, but in the next breath, made some grave overgeneralizations of what he deemed “liberal media.” At the time, we said:

But Goldberg dug deep into his explanation of raced based group-think in the mainstream media, claiming that “this is how they all think” and later “they see racism everywhere.” Of course this sort of oversimplification of a complex idea is over reliant on stereotypes and over-generalizations – the very stereotypes and generalization that comprise the very racist stereotypes that, in Goldberg’s esteem, the “liberal media” uses on a regular basis.

Stewart caught the same point, and as is his (and his team of producers) way, made a much more compelling point. In a post titled “Jon Stewart Tells Fox News To Go F*ck Yourself” we said:

The segment opens with a few examples of Fox News pundits discussing media coverage, most notably Bernie Goldberg, who correctly points out the dangers of generalization in punditry. This then is followed by a dizzying set of examples of numerous broadcast personalities on FNC, doing the very same thing that had just been cited as unfair. The time honored axiom of “do as I say, not as I do” comes to mind.

Well now it was Goldberg’s turn to reply. And he opened with a refreshingly candid admission of being guilty as charged. He then turned the tables toward Stewart, pointing out that, while Stewart goes after both liberals and conservatives, his outrage over hyperbole and stereotypes is far from fair and balanced. He then challenged The Daily Show host to go after those on the left, including Frank Rich, Bill Maher and the “black columnists who play the race card and generalize about tea party people being racist.” And if he doesn’t, in Goldberg’s esteem Stewart is nothing but “just a safe, Jay Leno with a much smaller audience.” Yes, them’s fighting words.

While a real debate between Goldberg and Stewart would be fascinating, it will never happen. And something tells me that Jon Stewart will realize that Goldberg is benefiting far more from this tete a tete than he (or logic or reason for that matter), so we shouldn’t be surprised if Stewart doesn’t retaliate to this latest salvo. But we can dream.

A transcript of Goldberg’s soliloquy to Stewart follows the video below:

I am pleading guilty. and that’s a sincere plea of guilty. I said that liberals think people who live in the middle of the country are a bunch of jerks, and obviously all liberals don’t think that. but I will tell you what, an awful lot of liberal elites think that.

I worked with these liberal elites for 28 years at CBS News, and they were always throwing around the term white trash. By which they meant poor Southerners who didn’t go to Harvard. I’m not sure why that makes them trash. As far as the middle of the country is concerned, you know, this was flyover country where people flew the flag on the Fourth of July and went bowling and ate at Red Lobster. They were a bunch of hicks. Even all liberal elites don’t think that so I am saying I was wrong. Jon Stewart is right.

But, let me speak directly to Jon Stewart for a couple of seconds. I know he watches. He is a big fan of the show.

Jon, if you have an ounce of introspection. you may want to take this seriously. If you just want to be a funny man, who talks to an audience that will laugh at anything you say, that’s okay with me, no problem. But if clearly you want to be a social commentator, more than just a comedian and if you want to be a good one, you better find some guts because even though you criticize liberals as well as conservatives, congratulations on that, when you had Frank Rich on your show, who generalizes all the time about conservatives and Republicans being bigots, you didn’t ask him a single tough question. You gave him a lap dance. You practically had your tongue down his throat.

And how about those black columnists who play the race card and generalize about tea party people being racist? Why don’t you go after them by name and do it with the same passion and gusto that you use when you are going after Fox people? How about Bill Maher? Bill Maher generalizes about people who go to church being a bunch of dopes. Is there some rule that says a comic can’t go after another comic? Here is my it final word, Jon, you can do whatever you want. If you don’t do that guess what? You are not nearly as edgy as you think you are. You are just a safe, Jay Leno with a much smaller audience, but you get to say the f bomb, which gives your incredibly unsophisticated audience.

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