MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Attacks FNC’s Bill O’Reilly During ‘Rewrite’ Segment

By Alex Weprin Comment

Taking a page from his predecessor Keith Olbermann’s playbook, MSNBC’s 8 PM host Lawrence O’Donnell dedicated his “Rewrite” segment last night to his competitor on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly.

What set O’Donnell off? Comments made by O’Reilly a few weeks ago about there being “strains of anti-Americanism” at MSNBC.

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Comparing O’Reilly to the satirist Stephen Colbert, O’Donnell called the Fox News host:

“A very, very, very rich man who has grown phenomenally rich by playing a character on TV that the most gullible audience in the history of television falls for…

“dozens of guys I grew up with who were just like him. Overbearing, argumentative, Irish guys who think they know everything and can back up nothing. Those guys have always been a joke to me, which is why O’Reilly almost never has the capacity to outrage me, because he is just a joke to me most of the time.”

Will O’Reilly respond in kind, as he would often do with Olbermann? We will find out soon enough…