Do blogs overhype TV talking-head confrontations? Surveying the coverage of his Bill O'Reilly interview, Daily Show host Jon Stewart calls out headlines that portray their conversation as a dramatic bloodsport. Stewart picks on the verb choices of everyone from the Huffington Post to Hot Air. How, he asks, did he manage to "eviscerate"--literally, to remove the internal organs of--quite so many people?
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The Atlantic Wire also proudly covers Stewart's clashes. We wrote that Stewart "skewers" Olbermann, that he "castigates" Rush Limbaugh, and that, after chiding Rachel Maddow, she "rebuts Jon Stewart with love." When it came to his showdown with Bush-era lawyer John Yoo, we were less equivocal: Stewart "got owned."