WATCH: Jon Stewart Says, Of Course, O'Reilly's Stories Are 'Seasoned with Bullsh*t', But Lying Is Fox's Brand
World outrage supplies are low, Jon Stewart suggested on his show last night. Perhaps we should stop wasting them. The late night host expressed some surprise that suddenly everyone is taken aback about the likelihood that Bill O'Reilly exaggerated the hell out of his Falklands War experience, and supposed heroism. After all, O'Reilly does sort of lie and exaggerate for a living. Take for instance when he opens his show warning people they are in the "No Spin Zone", and proceeds to have some "jackass" climate change denier walk around Boston pointing at snow. "Misrepresenting the zone he is in is O'Reilly's hook," Stewart said. And on going after Fox about lying, he added: "You're spending all this effort proving the emperor has no clothes when the emperor has spent the last 20 years going around saying, 'look at my dick, I'm naked.'"
Network anchors self-aggrandize, Stewart acknowledged. Maybe we should move on to the really dangerous lies that drag us into wars we should not be fighting. He then moved on to the revelations that Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has been systematically exaggerating and lying about Iran's nuclear program. And this is a lie that is designed to deliberately get us into war, reminiscent of the fictional WMDs in Iraq. Stewart's perspective: “It seems to me, you know, we might all be just a little better off if the exaggerations about covering a war get less attention than the exaggerations that got us into so many of them.”