Stewart, O'Reilly Face Off Over White House Rapper

Daily Show host slams Fox 'outrage machine'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2011 3:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jon Stewart accepted Bill O'Reilly's challenge and the pair debated rapper Common's White House appearance on last night's O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly insisted that it was a mistake to have invited a rapper who "celebrates" a cop killer to a White House poetry night, while the Daily Show host maintained that Fox had hypocritically inflated the issue, Mediaite notes.

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"There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox," Stewart said, noting that Bono was invited to the White House despite having written a song about Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents. O'Reilly said that anybody invited to a White House poetry event should be "almost unimpeachable." Presidents have better things to do than book their own "poetry slams," Stewart responded. (Read more Common stories.)

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