9:35pm PT by Aaron Couch
Jon Stewart on Bill O'Reilly Scandal: No One Watches Him "For the Actual Truth" (Video)
Jon Stewart defended Bill O'Reilly in quite an offhanded way on Tuesday's Daily Show, suggesting no one comes to him for the truth anyway, so it doesn't matter if he lied.
O'Reilly is facing allegations that he exaggerated stories from his time as a war correspondent. A Mother Jones article claims O'Reilly did not actually see combat while reporting on the Falkland Islands war. At issue is whether he actually reported from a war zone or not.
"Misrepresenting 'the zone' he is in is kind of his hook," said Stewart. "You are in 'the no spin zone' are the words he utters right before throwing some jackass who discounts global warming by wandering around Boston pointing at snow."
Stewart went on to say people do not watch Fox News Channel for unbiased reporting.
"No one's watching them for the actual truth," Stewart said. "You're basically putting in a tremendous amount of work to say the emperor has no clothes, when the emperor has spent, like, 20 years going, 'Look at my dick! I'm naked!' "
O'Reilly has fired back at Mother Jones and the author of the article, Washington bureau chief David Corn, calling it as part of a "smear" campaign.