Why is fake newsman Jon Stewart more willing to correct mistakes than Bill O'Reilly?
You know you're in some kind of bizarro media world when a guy who hosts a fake news satire comedy show is more willing to correct his mistakes than a guy who hosts a program on an outlet which actually calls itself a news channel.
But that's what seemed to happen Thursday night, when Jon Stewart admitted on Comedy Central's The Daily Show that their comedy bit on the controversy involving the president's rationale for terrorist drone strikes was a bit outdated -- a marked contrast to the "clarification" issued by Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly denying a mistake on the very same story.
This week, a white paper surfaced outlining the legal justification the Obama administration has outlined for using drone aircraft to kill terrorist leaders -- even if they are American citizens -- without the typical due process of law. The Daily Show pleaded Wednesday for President Obama to at least show classified documents on this justification to Congress; on Thursday, Stewart admitted that, between the Wednesday show's 5:30 p.m. taping and its11 p.m. airtime, Obama agreed to do just that.
O'Reilly found himself with a different problem after a Wednesday segment with Democratic analyst Bob Beckel, in which he asserted NBC News and MSNBC were ignoring the controversy over drone strikes, saying "you haven't heard anything about this over there, neither have I, neither has my staff...we heard a lot about waterboarding, but nothing about the drone strikes."
The only problem: NBC News broke the story about the white paper, courtesy of investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, kicking off coverage of the issue on NBC Nightly News, the Today show and MSNBC as all outlets made the most of their scoop.
But on Thursday, O'Reilly insisted he was comparing the discussion of "the difference in analysis on the subject of waterboarding as compared to killing people with drones" on NBC News and MSNBC.
That may have been what he meant, but that wasn't what he said; he said NBC had "nothing" on the subject when they broke a huge story on the issue.
Beyond that, websites have already highlighted moments when MSNBC anchors have had exactly the discussion O'Reilly claims they didn't. So he may have intended to say MSNBC isn't discussing the morality of done strikes with the same fervor as waterboarding, but again, that's not what he said.
Seems an odd media world when a fake news guy is more direct in correcting his omissions than the biggest star of the most-watched cable newschannel.
Check out the video clips on it all below.