Jon Stewart to debate Bill O’Reilly!

How the hell did I not know about this?  Tomorrow night at 8pm EDT, Jon Stewart will debate Bill O’Reilly for charity.

On Saturday, Stewart and O’Reilly square off in a mock debate in Washington, D.C., to be streamed online for $4.95, with half the proceeds going to charity. As the two prepare for the clash in their respective corners — the event has been dubbed “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” — Stewart and O’Reilly took a moment to reflect on their unique relationship.

“I think he idolizes me secretly and that’s what it’s all about,” says O’Reilly.

Stewart, in turn, compares them to “The Princess and the Pea.”

“And I’m going to go with me as the pea,” he says.

I will be at the American Atheists KC RAM getting shnockered with an assortment of awesome people, but I suspect I’ll have my laptop set up where we can all crowd around and cheer.  I will also have an open thread here that night for everybody wanting to chat about the debate (ditto for the VP debate next week and the second presidential “debate”).

This should be a lot of fun.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    Comedian known for quick thinking vs windbag known for not thinking. I just hope Stewart doesn’t let Billo kill the laughs.

  • Rory

    I admit I don’t follow Stewart that closely, but I saw him go up against O’Reilly once and found him underwhelming. I was also deeply disappointed by his handling of David Barton on his show back around the time ‘The Jefferson Lies’ came out. So I’m not in a good place to judge–is this really going to be a good debate? Or is it just going to be O’Reilly the windbag shouting while John Stewart throws a few jabs?

  • jtradke

    I dunno. Stewart seems to actually be a bit buddy-buddy with O’Reilly and has been far too conciliatory in past interviews they’ve had with each other.

  • Charles Raymond Miller

    Please do not mistake entertainment for serious discourse. Both of these men will be playing the same characters they portray on their cable shows. Neither is a pundit, they just play on on television.

    • Loqi

      I guess I have a different definition of the word “pundit” then. I’ve always defined it as “clown who makes a living commenting on politics.”

  • Victor

    I have the impression that Stewart tends to be more conciliatory on his show so that people with whom he disagrees will come back to the show. When I’ve seen him go on fox he tends to be more hard nosed. I’m hoping that is the Stewart that shows up Saturday night.

  • Brad

    Its weird when O’Reilly goes on the Daily Show. Somehow he manages to come off as not completely abominable. With extreme pundits, I’m never sure how much of their bullshit is an act.

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