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Wednesday, January 04, 2021

the late-night factor
After Bill O’Reilly’s ambush by David Letterman last night, how long do you figure it’ll be before “The Late Show” is added to O’Reilly’s enemies list?

I watched the whole thing last night, meaning I saw the whole “Christmas-under-assault” part that set the acerbic tone for the subsequent Cindy Sheehan/Iraq War semantics argument. To me, seeing only the second portion means you’re catching only half the fun.

From what I saw, O’Reilly went off-script (yes, talkshows like Letterman are pre-set regarding topic areas and such, based on guest pre-interviews). As soon as he sat down, he told Letterman that he had a nice “winter solstice”. Letterman was clearly thrown for a moment. I’m speculating — purely speculating, but suspecting I’m right — that O’Reilly went ahead and launched into his Christmas persecution spiel, despite agreeing to not bring it up on the air. Once that line was crossed, I’m thinking Letterman decided to cut loose and go after O’Reilly.

And for the argument that Letterman was unfair with the “60 percent crap” comment when he admitted he never watched O’Reilly’s show: It’s quid pro quo. O’Reilly’s standard approach is to never inform himself of his guests’ backstory; he really shouldn’t get upset when he gets the same treatment (although I’m sure it more ego than anything else).

I’m sure more will be revealed over the next few days. It did make for an unusually lively “Late Show” segment. Between this and the boost from the much-anticipated Oprah appearance, Letterman might be making a triumphant comeback to the top of the late-night heap.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/04/2021 01:02:50 PM
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  1. Also note that O’Reilly refers to Britain’s intelligence agency as M1-6 rather than the correct Mi-6. Always so exciting when that man opens his mouth.

    Comment by Joel — 01/05/2021 @ 02:39:39 AM

  2. Next you’ll tell me it’s not the C-one-A…

    Actually, that’s reaching. It was a simple spoken flub — big deal. I’d give anyone a pass on that, O’Reilly included.

    Comment by CT — 01/05/2021 @ 08:58:16 AM

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