Would you pay to watch Alex Jones and Bill O’Reilly duke it out in the ring in a grudge match?
Well, let’s put it this way; it’s unlikely that Alex Jones and Fox News Channel anchor Bill O’Reilly will be exchanging Christmas cards this year. In this latest flap, the conspiracy theorist and radio host really bristled when O’Reilly linked Jones to “hate speech” in a recent Talking Points memo (the opening editorial) on The O’Reilly Factor.
Calling O’Reilly a “bully punk,” Jones challenged him to a mano-a-mano confrontation on live TV, perhaps taking a page from O’Reilly’s “bold and fresh” road show.
Jones even claimed he’d be willing to take on O’Reilly and one of the FNC host’s friends at the same time. In issuing the challenge, Jones said in part: “I’d like to get in a boxing ring with Bill O’Reilly… Bill O’Reilly I challenge you to a pay-per-view boxing match. You think you’re so tough? … come on … you’re a lot bigger than me, let’s get in the ring, buddy … you think you’re so tough, you try to intimidate your guests. You get in their face, you turn their mike off … you poke your finger in their face … you big fat bully.”
Further addressing his comments directly to O’Reilly, Jones added: “You’re scared to have me on your show. Of course you’d get like 10 million viewers …You’re jealous. Your radio show failed, you’re a failure … you want to start a fight with me punk? … You think you can shove me around? … You’re a coward, punk, rat bastard.”
In addition to asserting that O’Reilly took him out of context, Jones claimed that shutting down so-called hate speech really means silencing anyone who criticizes “the corrupt media and government.”
Regardless of your opinion of him and some of his off-the-wall theories, Jones is often wrongly classified as a conservative by the mainstream media. Jones is more of a populist and therefore does not fit conveniently into any box on the political left or the right.
Jones also issued another challenge — to both Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — to come on Jones’ show and debate him.
Watch Alex Jones’ rant about Bill O’Reilly:
Do you agree with Alex Jones that Bill O’Reilly is a bully? Do you think, however, that they would be better off settling their differences behind the microphone?