Bill O'Reilly Scolds Jon Stewart for Not Knowing About Government's $16 Muffins

Liberals love to put comedian Jon Stewart up on a pedestal as being the most intelligent man on television aware of all that's impacting the nation.

On Wednesday's "Daily Show," guest Bill O'Reilly of Fox News exposed the host for having missed a major story last week about almost unthinkable waste in government spending (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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BILL O’REILLY, FOX NEWS: Now listen.

JON STEWART, HOST: But that's my point. That’s a very…

O’REILLY: You've got to downsize the government so they can watch what's happening and make intelligent decisions. It's insane. Right now, look, the $16 muffin. Do we all know what the $16 muffin is? Alright.

STEWART: What?

O’REILLY: See, you don't even know what the $16 muffin is.

STEWART: What neighborhood do you live in?

O’REILLY: Yeah.

STEWART: Who makes a $16 muffin?

O’REILLY: This is great. I'm glad. Look.

STEWART: Alright.

O’REILLY: $16 muffin, broke the story last week on “The Factor.” You were otherwise occupied, making your little wise remarks. Not reading what's happening. They had a bunch of conferences for pinheads, federal government, and they ordered 250 muffins at $16 apiece.

STEWART: That's a lot for muffins.

O’REILLY: Yeah! And you know what, I paid for the muffins.

STEWART: I understand that.

O’REILLY: And so did you.

STEWART: I understand that.

For Stewart's sake, Reuters reported on September 21:

As the U.S. government grapples to find ways to trim the bloated federal deficit, a new report suggests officials might start with cutting out $16 muffins and $10 cookies.

"We found the Department (of Justice) spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington," said a DOJ Office of Inspector General report released on Tuesday.

The DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in fiscal 2008 and 2009, which exceeded its own spending limits and appeared to be extravagant and wasteful, according to the report that examined 10 conferences held during that period.

The review turned up the expensive muffins, which came from the Capital Hilton Hotel just blocks from the White House, as well as cookies and brownies that cost almost $10 each.

I guess the smartest guy in the room missed this story.

Might it have been important if a man he didn't like was in the White House overseeing such waste?

Hmmm.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.