O'Reilly Hits Back at Colbert as 'Darling of the Far Left' and 'Ideological Fanatic'

CBS announced Thursday that they've hired Stephen Colbert (from within the old Viacom family) to replace David Letterman in 2015. (Expect some "lowlights" to arrive here later today.) On Tuesday night, Fox News star Bill O'Reilly responded to Colbert's slam last Thursday night suggesting Bill was very emotionally immature and dumber than a middle-schooler.

O'Reilly suggested Colbert has a fraction of the Fox ratings: “Only about a million people watch his late-night program at 11:30, but he is the darling of the far-left Internet, which rhapsodizes over him." He added:  “Like many ideological fanatics Colbert is misguided in the extreme. His analysis is delivered under the guise of comedy. But believe me, he's a true progressive believer playing exclusively to other believers." (Video below)

O'Reilly called Colbert a "deceiver" as well as an extremist: 

O’REILLY: Progressives selling the myth that folks cannot get a fair shake in America because the system is rigged against most citizens. The left-wing media legitimizes that nonsense and one of the biggest mouthpieces for the progressive movement is Stephen Colbert. Only about a million people watches late night program at 11:30 but he is the darling of the far left Internet which rhapsodizes over him.

....Like many ideological fanatics Colbert is misguided in the extreme.His analysis is delivered under the guise of comedy. But believe me, he's a true progressive believer playing exclusively to other believers. Colbert can be dismissed as clueless but the guy does do damage. Because he gives cover to powerful people who are selling Americans a big lie -- that this country is bad. That it intentionally oppresses many of its own citizens.

That is a lie. That point of view is shameful. America is not perfect but we set the gold standard for opportunity in this world. And that's the memo.

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