(Hat tip: Drew Grant
Bill O'Reilly is increasingly styling himself the voice of moderation
on Fox News. Which means he's on a crash course with the right's voice of purity
Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh's been needling O'Reilly for a while--back in 2008, he dismissed O'Reilly as a shallow TV newsman in a New York Times profile
. Limbaugh mocked O'Reilly's scolding of the right
for making personal attacks against Obama. More recently, Limbaugh imagined he would even "give socialism a fair shake." O'Reilly responded gently that he doesn't think Obama is a socialist, concluding "name calling gets us nowhere. Good solutions to complicated problems will rule the day."
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