Sandra Fluke has become a favorite target of conservative commentators such as Bill O’Reilly. But on Tuesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” the Fox News host’s blistering criticism of the feminist activist was tempered by a champion of Fluke’s: Jon Stewart.
“The Daily Show” host entered the No Spin Zone a day after the pair announced they would debate in a 90-minute event to be held in Washington, D.C., next month. Tuesday’s program was therefore like an appetizer to the main course.
One of the topics they traded barbs on during the program was Fluke. The Fox News host brought up the former Georgetown law student as he and his guest discussed the Democratic National Convention. Fluke, as you might remember, was a featured speaker at this month’s convention.
“You like Sandra, right?” O’Reilly said.
“I know she’s a particular punching bag for you, because God forbid a woman come out of nowhere and speak about an issue close to her heart without having Dr. Doom here raining death from above,” Stewart said.
“Do you want to pay for this woman’s birth control?” O’Reilly, who in the course of the conversation said this would be a topic of discussion in their Oct. 6 debate, countered. “Do you want to do that?”
“Here’s what I want to do. I want to make sure that women are entitled to the same health care benefits that men are entitled to,” Stewart responded.
“But men don’t get that!” O’Reilly said.
And so the argument continued. Watch the entire segment, which includes Stewart and O’Reilly discussing other issues such as Clint Eastwood’s infamous Republican National Convention speech, below: