Al Franken Slams Limbaugh, Hannity, and O’Reilly on “Late Night”

Comedian and “Air America” radio host Al Franken was on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” last night, and took the opportunity to defame all three of America’s leading conservative media personalities. First, O’Brien set him up nicely by asking:

“I’m curious. How do your books sell compared to say the books by you know, Rush Limbaugh or O’Reilly? The books from the right, 'cause I know those, those are popular books, too.”

Franken’s response:

“The books from the right do okay. Uh, Rush hasn’t had a book in a long time. I think he had a, uh, drug problem, and probably…you know, it’s hard to write (laughter and applause). O’Reilly had the misfortune…he had some bad timing 'cause his last book was “The O’Reilly Factor for Kids,” and at the time, he was involved in a sex scandal. He had done some phone call, sex, uh, phone sex with an employee who was suing him. So, that’s not the time to come out with your “O’Reilly Factor for Kids.” (Laughter). So, his didn’t do so well.”

From there, looking for the trifecta, O’Brien immediately asked Franken about Sean Hannity. Franken’s response: “I don’t like his show particularly, and I don’t really like him.” He then related a story about a discussion that he had with Hannity at last year’s Democratic convention:

“And, I said something like, ‘You know, my wife says to me you don’t see Sean Hannity going on any USO tours to Iraq. And I said, ‘Honey, that’s not fair. He has no talent.’ And Sean says to me, ‘That’s not funny.’ And I said, ‘Yes it is.’” (Laughter).

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.