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The Great Debaters: Bill O’Reilly will go head-to-head with Jon Stewart

May 13, 2011 | 12:02 pm

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Manny Pacquaio and Shane Mosley have nothing on this battle: Jon Stewart has accepted Bill O’Reilly’s challenge to debate him on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

The foes will debate on Monday’s program about the controversy surrounding the invitation for rapper Common to perform Wednesday at a White House poetry event.

On Thursday’s program, O’Reilly challenged the “Daily Show” host: “I would like to debate you [Jon Stewart] about the Common situation because it's important.”

O’Reilly’s disapproval of Stewart is that he hasn’t addressed that Common "had defended two ... convicted cop killers,” referring to the rapper’s songs about Assata Shakur, who was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper, and Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death for killing a Philadelphia police officer.

On Thursday’s “The Daily Show,”  Stewart said most people would interpret the message of Common’s White House performance as positive. But “for those who huff only the heady mix of partisan hackery, character assassination and manufactured outrage known as ‘Fox-ygen,’ it looked a little ... more like this,” Stewart said before showing a clip of the parody song “I’m Black Y’All” from the mockumentary “CB4.”

Here’s the clip from Stewart

 --Yvonne Villarreal
twitter.com/villarrealy

Photo: Comedian Jon Stewart on the Bill O'Reilly show, Feb. 3, 2010. Credit:Fox News.

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