From Left: Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly (Getty Images)more pics » Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly go head-to-head on 'The O'Reilly Factor. (From Fox News) Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly mixed it up on The O'Reilly Factor on Monday with Stewart delivering a calm, cool counterargument to O'Reilly's recent condemnations of the recent decision to invite Common to the White House.
O'Reilly's key argument was that since Common had praised convicted murderers Assata Shakur and Kathy Boudin in his work, he was an inappropriate guest to be invited to the White House. Stewart countered that Common believed both women were wrongfully convicted of killing police officers. He also pointed out that several other musicians who had shown support for convicted murderers had been invited to the White House in the past: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Bono among them.
Stewart also argued that a guest's invitation to the White House did not constitute official approval of all that guest's beliefs and actions, and that if it did, it would greatly restrict the number of people who could be invited. For all their differences, O'Reilly and Stewart got along well during the debate and ended on a friendly note. Watch the video below.