Bill O’Reilly is one of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s favorite targets for criticism of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News empire. O’Reilly’s hawk-eyed statements about foreign policy in the face of ISIS have, of course, been no exception. After O’Reilly aired a segment calling for a 25,000-strong mercenary force to address the threat of terrorism abroad, Colbert did what he does best — he mocked Bill mercilessly. O’Reilly did not respond well, specifically calling out Stephen on a segment of The O’Reilly Factor a few days later. Colbert’s response: “Bill O’Reilly is a f**king egomaniac.”
Stephen unleashed his signature over-the-top sarcastic humor to apologize that O’Reilly took “Bill-offense.” Over the course of the five-minute segment, Colbert laments having wounded the sensitivities of his fellow newscaster O’Reilly. You can decide for yourself how sincere Stephen’s apology is.
“My mentor, my north star, the emergency contact on my SoulCycle membership. It hurts me to know that I hurt the man that I admire the most. Just like I know Bill would be hurt, if hurt the man that he loves the most — himself.”
That’s not to say that Stephen’s sharp take on O’Reilly’s master plan was necessary. No momentum was gaining behind Bill’s government-paid mercenary force idea, even on O’Reilly’s own show. Colbert took the liberty of mashing up all of the responses to the plan from The O’Reilly Factor‘s guests. One Fox News contributor, Mary Katharine, Ham breaks down Bill’s mercenary force suggestion with seeming disbelief.
“There is a highly trained skilled force that can go forth in many of these places… that is already trained by our special forces. It is our special forces.”
O’Reilly’s initial response to Stephen not only attacked The Colbert Report but also the entire left-wing media’s portrayal of international threats abroad, saying that people like Stephen were not taking the logical steps forward needed to circumvent deeper conflict.
“Well, the left wing’s having none of that. People like Stephen Colbert, mocking the plan. But here’s the tip: Mr. Colbert and others of his ilk have no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad. They don’t know anything. And when someone gets beheaded their reaction is ‘Oh, that’s bad.’ But by being completely vacant, it doesn’t stop these people from mocking ideas that might have some value, might solve some complex problems. Because in the world of the ideologue, where Colbert lives, solutions don’t really matter. It’s how you feel about things.”
You can see Bill’s initial attack on Stephen at about the 0:12 mark here.
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