Jon Stewart rose to the defense of his friend Bill O’Reilly last night, telling The Daily Show viewers that no one should expect the truth from the Fox News Channel host.

“Really? We’re going after O’Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone?” Stewart marveled at the top of last night’s The Daily Show, in re the Mother Jones article that called into question some of O’Reilly’s reporting over the years – particularly his work in Buenos Aires at the end of the Falklands War in ’82. In the wake of Brian Williams’ suspension by NBC News over claims he made about his work, the media has glommed on to the Mother Jones investigation, including recent articles in The New York Times and Washington Post, on CNN and elsewhere.

“I don’t know if you watch his program. Misrepresenting ‘The Zone’ he is in is kind of his hook,” Stewart insisted. “‘You’re in the No Spin Zone’ are the words he utters before throwing to some jackass that disproves global warming by walking around Boston pointing at snow. On a network whose slogan is a textbook case of trolling. No one’s watching him for the actual truth.”

Mother Jones and other media outlets are “putting in a tremendous amount of work to say the emperor has no clothes, when the emperor has spent like the last 20 years going, ‘Look at my dick! I’m naked!'”