Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Happy Chanukkah Bill O'Reilly

The O'Reilly Factor's Bill O'Reilly used a year-old clip from Comedy Central's The Daily Show in an attempt to make it look as though Comedy Central (or "Secular Central" as he called it) was out to get Christmas.
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Bill O'Reilly: "Predictably, the opponents of public displays of Christmas continue to put forth counterparts on "Secular Central" -- I mean, Comedy Central. They said this:"

The clip he then showed was of Comedy Central's The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee in front of a calendar stating: "[But really let's face it, all other days bow down to the 25th:] Christmas. It's the only religious holiday that's also a Federal holiday. That way Christians can go to their services and everyone else can stay home and reflect on the true meaning of Separation of Church and State."

Great quote, but the only problem is that the episode is from December 1, 2004 (over a year ago). Easy to recognize this as Samantha Bee is now pregnant and extremely showing while in the segment she was not.

On tonight's episode, the pregnant Samantha Bee deadpanned that you could tell the clip was from last year because of the different shade of highlights in her hair, as she then exited stage right exclaiming that her water had just broken.

The other funny line from Samantha Bee in that same segment a year ago was: "Oh, crap, I forgot Chanukah! Ooh! Chanukah's on the 7th. How could I forget the holiday that starts on a different day every year and commemorates a lamp not going out?"

Yep, Chanukah on the 7th (of December). That's another way to know that the clip was from last year when Chanukah was in fact on the 7th.

Bill O'Reilly finished his supposed rip on the Daily Show with "And a Merry Christmas to you, Jon Stewart."

Well, Bill O'Reilly, I wish you a Chanukah Sameach!

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