Last night on Fox News’ The Factor, host Bill O’Reilly asked Time Magazine’s Joe Klein to comment on a recent poll showing that Americans trust Fox News more than all other television news networks. “I don’t place all that much faith in many polls,” Klein said. After O’Reilly boasted about Fox’s ratings, Klein noted that there are some Fox journalists “who actually bring you the news,” but then went on to note that Fox also has more incendiary and “hateful” voices, like Glenn Beck, whom O’Reilly defended as “funny”:
KLEIN: I think that your pal Glenn Beck is peddling a lot of hateful crap. I mean, you know —
O’REILLY: But he’s funny. He’s doing it in a funny way. What’s hateful about it? [...] Look, he is every man sitting on a bar stool. Why shouldn’t every man have a show?
KLEIN: No, no, no. He’s Father Coughlin trying to delude and entertain the American [people].
O’REILLY: Oh, that’s such bull.
“I don’t think he’s a threat to the union,” Klein later added. “The union has always been too strong for nutters like Glenn Beck.” Watch it:
Just last night on his Fox News program, Beck aired a clip from his “Bold & Fresh” tour with O’Reilly in which he displayed his vaunted humor by mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
BECK: Nancy Pelosi I swear does anybody else think that Nancy Pelosi is beginning to look a little like Skeletor? [...] Is it just me? Am I remembering her more fondly or has she had like massive plastic surgery lately? And every time she blinks it’s getting so stretched and I feel like it must hurt when she blinks. “Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.”
O’Reilly must think that’s really funny.
(HT: Raw Story)