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1. Petty; trivial.
2. (of a person) Placing undue emphasis on petty details.
Video Description: “Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, (May 16th 2011) Jon Stewart attacked Bill O’Reilly about his objections towards rapper Common’s visit to the White House, being that he wrote a song about a woman who killed a NJ state trooper. Stewart tells O’Reilly that even Bono wrote a song about Leonard Peltier, convicted of killing two FBI agents. Now, that subject gets Bill a little heated. ”
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Partial Transcript of Jon Stewart Goest Head-To-Head With Bill O’Reilly:
STEWART: Why is it not?
O’REILLY: Because you are pettifogging the issue.
STEWART: It’s the exact same thing. It’s a guy convicted of killing a law enforcement official. No? Guess who wrote a song about Leonard Peltier?
STEWART: Guess where he was? The White House. Booyah! That’s a rap word.
O’REILLY: All right. Did Bono…
O’REILLY: Did he actually come out and say that he was innocent?
STEWART: I think that’s the crux of the song.
O’REILLY: I think it was raising questions about it.
STEWART: Now who is pettifogging? Now I can’t even see you. Here you pettifog. No. That is exactly the same. Bob Dylan wrote a song about a convicted killer named Hurricane Carter. He has been to the White House. Why are you drawing the line at Common? There is a selective outrage machine here at Fox that pettifogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them. This guy is in the crosshairs in a way that he shouldn’t be, whether you agree with him or not. You may think he is ignorant in believing that Assata Shakur is innocent. You may think he is ignorant in believing that mummy is. But then guess what? Bono can’t go to the White House. Springsteen can’t go to the White House. Bob Dylan can’t go to the White House. You have got a lot of people that aren’t allowed to sit in the White House because they have written songs about people convicted of murder.
O’REILLY: Ah, but there is another point to be raised, and in a moment we will continue our debate with Mr. Stewart. And then you can vote on BillOReilly.com as to who won the shootout.