Since her arrival at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow has managed to avoid the on-air bickering that some of her colleagues frequently engage in with Fox News. But on Wednesday night, Bill O'Reilly went all "Shannon Daugherty" on Maddow in responce to her comments about Fox News and how their political agenda leads to false reporting such as in the case of ACORN and the recent Shirley Sherrod debacle.
However instead of responding directly to Maddow's comments and why he disagrees with them, Bill O'Reilly did what he always does. He metaphorically unzipped his pants and whipped out his big, fat, unbelievably huge ratings. As if his higher ratings invalidates Maddows comments.
O'REILLY: Fox News "kicks your network's butt every single night, madam" — and — "You have to be kidding with this fake ACORN scandal stuff. Unbelievable. Do you live in this country?"
I'm not sure what O'Reilly thought would come of his on-air message to Rachel Maddow, but the next night she humorously schooled Bill O'Reilly by pointing out how he fell back on ratings to avoid the substance of her argument, which is that stories like the Shirley Sherrod scandal are exactly what Fox News is all about. But since ratings are so important to Bill O'Reilly, Maddow let the air out of O'Reilly's overinflated ratings ego. She pointed out how shows like Sponge Bob, The Deadliest Catch, and Hannah Montana beat both her show and O'Reilly's show.
MADDOW: "You can insult us all you want about television ratings, Mr. O'Reilly, and you'll be right that yours are bigger for now and maybe forever. You are the undisputed champion. But even if no one watches us at all, except for my mom and my girlfriend and people who forgot to turn off the TV after Keith, you are still wrong on what really matters and that would be the
facts, your highness."