Nazis? Olbermann Takes His War On O'Reilly To Comedy Central

<p><img hspace="0" src="media/2006-03-15-ComOlbermann.jpg" align="right" border="0" />Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert’s nightly conservative/O’Reilly-mocking show &quot;The Colbert Report&quot; invited on MSNBC host Keith Olbermann Tuesday night to double up on the O’Reilly bashing. It started predictably, before the word &quot;Nazi&quot; came out: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>Colbert: &quot;Why do you have a problem with my hero, papa bear Bill O'Reilly? You guys have been going at it, hammer and tongs.&quot;</p><p>Olbermann: &quot;Well, Stephen, he's an idiot.&quot; </p><p>Colbert: &quot;You say that like it's a bad thing. I think he sees the world simply, okay? Without all your complicated facts.&quot; </p><p>Olbermann: &quot;We're both saying the same thing. He's an idiot.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Did Olbermann really have to drag out the word &quot;Nazi&quot;? Oh yes, even if it violates <a href="http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0605/jon_stewart_holo.php3">Jon Stewart’s &quot;Hitler reference&quot; comedic principle</a> from that other Comedy Central show. Colbert drew out the spat O’Reilly had with Olbermann fans on his syndicated Westwood One radio program: </p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p>Colbert: &quot;Isn't it illegal for anyone to say the name Olbermann on his radio show now?&quot; </p><p>Olbermann: &quot;Apparently so.&quot; </p><p>Colbert: &quot;Tell me what happened.&quot;</p><p>Olbermann: &quot;Apparently last week or the week before somebody called up and used my name. He cut them off and then explained that they'd be getting a little visit from Fox security and that Fox security would then contact the local authorities. So Mike from Orlando, ‘will be getting a little visit.’ (Said in mock moron voice.) Two or three of these people who did call up and mention my name actually got phone calls from Fox security. [<a href="http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/3/3/165422/8097">Here's one claim</a> of that.] Which is, you know, fascinating if, you know, we're living in, say, <b>Nazi Germany, </b>it’s a good idea. Otherwise it's kind of....you're going to arrest people who disagree with you.&quot; </p></blockquote><p dir="ltr">When Colbert joked about Keith egging on the callers, he protested: &quot;Why would I have them call O'Reilly? I would encourage people to put their money into something smarter. Like Enron stock.&quot; Economic jokes are more than a little lame when the competitor you're trying to combat has seven times your ratings.</p><p>Olbermann also repeated his line (used at least on C-SPAN) that O’Reilly likes hassling people shorter than him (Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo). He joked about the Andrea Mackris sexual-harassment claim. When Colbert joked that O’Reilly and Phil Donahue both &quot;tagged Marlo Thomas,&quot; and that O’Reilly has great taste in women, Olbermann cracked, &quot;Well all of that is on the record and on tape.&quot; That's always an interesting line from someone who boasted of &quot;dry heaves&quot; from his &quot;moral force&quot; telling him not to report on the Lewinsky scandal any more.</p><p>Lamest Olbermann joke? When Colbert joked that Olbermann cannot be trusted because he'll admit he sometimes wrong, Olbermann made up this jokey boo-boo: &quot;I just, I misread that day the list of instructions that I get every morning at 9 A.M from Hillary Clinton.&quot;</p><p>UPDATE: If you can't enough of Olbermann feuds, here's <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/media_people/countdownlowdownsmack... (More <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/media_people/countdown_gloves_come....)</p>

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis