Cable News Shocker: Bill O’Reilly Compliments Jon Stewart

Bill O'Reilly on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' (Comedy Central)

Bill O'Reilly on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' (Comedy Central)

For a lefty whose viewers are mostly apathetic potheads, Jon Stewart is a pretty shrewd guy, Bill O’Reilly declared on his Wednesday show.

While commenting on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” ripping of President Obama’s first campaign video, O’Reilly mustered some faint praise for the host, which is sort of remarkable given the pair’s snarky hate-tolerate relationship.

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O’Reilly liked that Stewart dared mock the left, whom O’Reilly deemed Stewart’s own kind.

“You know, he’s smart to do that,” he told Fox Business Network host Dagen McDowell, the Huffington Post noted.

“Even though is audience is primarily stoned slackers who will vote left no matter who’s running, Stewart is smart to do that because it just broadens him out a little bit…he’s shrewd enough to say, ‘I can’t always be a Kool-Aid drinker’,” O’Reilly said.

There’s a compliment in there somewhere.

“I think Stewart’s probably the smartest of the left-wingers on television in the United States right now,” O’Reilly summed up.

Wonder if Rachel Maddow is miffed?

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