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Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Sitting Here Because I’m Obnoxious, Not Because I’m White’

OreillyStewart2In an extended “Daily Show” interview Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly finally settled the white privilege debate. Or not. Stewart argues it exists. O’Reilly says it doesn’t.

“Let me repeat this and I’ll do it slowly so that even you can understand,” O’Reilly said to Stewart, “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person, YOU CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA!”

Stewart shot back: “If you live in a neighborhood where poverty is endemic, where it’s harder to work hard, where it’s harder to get an education…”

“YES. It’s harder if you’re a ghetto kid. But can you do it? YES!” O’Reilly shot back.

At one point an audience member heckled the Fox News host. “You think I’m sitting here because I’m white? O’Reilly said. “I’m sitting here because I’m obnoxious, not because I’m white,”

Stewart eventually got O’Reilly to admit that, without “condemning modern society,” that white privilege is “a factor” of American history.

“You, Bill O’Reilly, can lead the flock of the Fox faithful to a better place,” Stewart said in closing.

How Many Poop Puns Can Anderson Cooper Drop Into a ‘Ridiculist?’

Anderson Cooper outdid himself last night during his “Ridiculist” segment as he reported the story of a Seattle man who found some illegal dumping going on in his front yard… and not of the canine variety.

Larry King Is Not On Board With Dying at 75

King 2Responding to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel‘s article expressing his hope he dies at 75, Larry King explained earlier this week why the doctor is wrong.

“I’m ticked,” King said on “Conan.” King, who is 80, doesn’t get the die-at-75 argument. “Why 75? 75 was my favorite year. I don’t mean 75-years-old; I mean the year 75.” King also pointed out the advantages of living past 75. “I watched the Big Bang before it was a television show.” Finally, King showed off he’s not past his prime with a thunder chop through cement.

Watch after the jump.

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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

‘So Long Suckers’

WBZ reporter Chris McKinnon reported for “CBS This Morning” on a great white shark attack off Plymouth, MA. Turns out McKinnon just joined the Boston station, and just as Charlie Rose and Gayle King welcomed him to the CBS family, this happened:

Ice Bucket Challenges You May Have Missed: Doocy Sings Kenny, Foreman Goes Psycho

On this Labor Day weekend, allow us to share a couple ice bucket challenges you may have missed, including “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy who got doused while singing Kenny Rogers‘ hit “The Gambler.” Doocy, who was challenged by Rogers, didn’t know when to walk away, or when to run.


The award for most creative in 37 seconds goes to CNN’s Tom Foreman, who went totally psycho for his challenge.

For reference, we started posting ice bucket drenchings 35 days ago, when Shepard Smith took up the challenge.

Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

Watch all three after the jump…

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Larry King Gets Back at Conan O’Brien for Challenging His Handshake

Larry King doesn’t like the quality of his handshake being challenged, and he let Conan O’Brien know it last night.

“I’m ticked!” King said on “Conan” before O’Brien played a previous interview he had with actor Will Arnett in which he equated shaking hands with King to that of a “lab skeleton.” “Stand up!” King said, challenging O’Brien to a do-over.  “Alright, alright,” O’Brien grimaced after the duo locked hands. “It’s a strong handshake.”

Noah Ritter is a Star

Have you met Noah Ritter? You probably have.

He’s the 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy who was that quintessential “man — or boy — on the street” interview at the Wayne County Fair over the weekend. But it’s how he answered the question from a WNEP-TV reporter, that has made him an internet sensation. As the video started going viral, Gio Benitez traveled to Pennsylvania, even sat Noah’s sandbox, for a feature story for “World News.” This morning, Noah told Michael Strahan live on “Good Morning America” that, despite Strahan having played for the Giants, his grandfather “brainwashed” him into liking the Steelers. He’s also been featured on NBC’s “Tonight Show” and “Today” show, Fox News, MSNBC and countless local news programs.

But it all started on WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a simple question from reporter Sofia Ojeda:

Let’s Play Hardball…in Canada?

MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” is known for a no-nonsense approach to politics, but Funny or Die’s Canadian spoof of the show probably falls into the opposite category.

In a video posted today, the comedy site debuts its “Hardball” Canada version. A Canadian maple leaf replaces the NBC peacock on-screen and a cast of comedians mockingly play Matthews, Ann Coulter, actress Kathleen Turner, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the hit Canadian indie/pop duo of Tegan and Sara. “Frankly, like most people, I know nothing about Canada…” faux Matthews says to open the show.

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