Donahue vs. O'Reilly
It was guaranteed to be a fracas, and it was. O'Reilly lost his marbles and started screaming patriotic drivel in his trademark attempt to make it seem as if HE alone is defending us from evil. Of course, it was all ridiculous and responding to a slight that only existed in his head, but, that's par for the course.
As always, the excellent Crooks and Liars has the story and clips here, as well as a post on the inevitable post appearance spin effort by the "no-spin" O'Reilly.
Falafel Bill's head explodes!Without belaboring the point, O'Reilly thrives on setting things up so he can't lose. Someone can appear and hand his ass to him, as Donahue argueably did, and then O'Reilly can spin madly for weeks and sometimes months afterwards until he's emerged as some sort of valiant hero and those who bested him appear as cowardly nut jobs or worse.
Phil goes on the offensive immediately telling Billy that he's leading the pack to marginalize Cindy Sheehan.
Donohue: Cindy Sheehan is one tough mother and nothing you say or anyone else is going to slow her down.
Bill: That's fine, she's has a right-
Phil:....You can't hurt her, she's already taken the biggest punch in the nose that a woman can take.
Bill, in his infinite wisdom asks: How? Phil: She's lost a son- Bill: Oh, OK...
Phil asks O'Reilly if his children would fight in the war and the meltdown ensues. Bill tells him that his nephew just joined (that's not his kids) and blows his top. O'Reilly threatens to boot Donohue off the set for saying absolutely nothing. The bloviator really lost it, playing the " you're denigrating him" card. If C&L was like certain right wing sites, I'm sure we would fact check Billy's nephew.
Bill, what did Phil say to denigrate him? Nothing. Donohue brought up Jeremy Glick.
Phil: I'm not Jeremy Glick, Billy...You can't intimidate me...
Newshounds has the transcript up...