Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (left) and Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.
On Jan. 18 Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert will exchange appearances on each other’s shows, putting news TV’s highest-rated windbag in direct contact with a satire of himself. Fans wait anxiously to see who will do a better job of faking righteous indignation.
Already, the verbal jabs are promising an entertaining show. When questioned about his appearance on the Colbert Report, Bill O’Reilly said, “I’m really looking forward to speaking to a man who owes his entire career to me.” Stephen Colbert countered by saying, “I look forward to the evening. It is an honor to speak face-to-face with a broadcasting legend, and I feel the same way about Mr. O’Reilly.” With his ability to hold a mirror up to right-wing fascists, is it possible that Colbert may just “nail” O’Reilly as bad as he did the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner?