Apparently it is a tradition for the US president to give an interview to a television network just before the Superb Owl game each year and this year the interviewer was Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. I did not watch it, of course, because O’Reilly is a waste of time, a blowhard who tries to pretend that he is a serious journalist.
Jon Stewart uses the interview as a springboard to take an extended look at how Fox News has had a sustained campaign of disinformation. It illustrates the point I made in an earlier post, that a nation in which a major news organization, from which a significant number of people get their information, systematically and relentlessly drives a false narrative is one which is not going to end up well.
I was somewhat surprised (and pleased) to see that during the interview Obama had directly called them out on this practice which naturally made them throw a fit.
(These clips aired on February 4, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)