My wife wanted to watch The Rumble 2012, the Saturday night (October 6) debate between Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart. So who was I to argue? OF COURSE I would watch it.
It was just $5 via pay-per-view on our computer. Which proved to be much cheaper–and far more entertaining–than a typical movie.
The event was hilarious, but also oddly substantive. Both men made good points, while having fun. Though Stewart and O’Reilly are ideological opposites (or close to it), they respect each other and always have good chemistry (I’ve seen O’Reilly on The Daily Show several times).
Poor ED Hill, the moderator. She started out asking a serious question of O’Reilly–”How do you feel about that?” To which O’Reilly responded, “I don’t care,” and then went off in a different direction. It was a wonderful parody of last week’s first debate between Romney and Obama, in which neither man paid any attention to moderator Jim Lehrer.
I didn’t realize the size disparity. O’Reilly is 6’4″, and Stewart is just 5’7″. To compensate, a lift was built behind Stewart’s podium, which he could raise and lower with the push of a button. He played with it throughout the debate.
Like I said, it was a lot of fun. But they also tackled some issues in ways you won’t see the candidates tackle them. Since neither TV guy is running for anything, they could risk being politically incorrect and overly honest.