It’s time for the truth — straight up, whether you like it or not. Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are teaming up and going on tour. Your town may never be the same.
GLENN: Mr. Bill O’Reilly is going to be with me on, what, tomorrow I’m going to be with Bill in Louisiana, in New Orleans. And then Saturday, two shows in Dallas. And Bill is on the phone with us now, hi, Bill.
O’REILLY: I made a huge mistake. I was watching the Bold Fresh Tour DVD last night.
GLENN: Oh, boy.
O’REILLY: Best stocking stuffer in the world, okay? And I was amazed at how good you were on the DVD and how bad I was! And then I said who edited this? Do you want to answer that?
GLENN: I have no idea what you’re even talking about, Bill, but I’m glad that we now have you on tape that you were bad and I was great. It’s made this whole DVD
O’REILLY: Who edited the tape? Jeez. How foolish was I?
GLENN: It made this whole DVD Bold Fresh Tour thing worth it now, hasn’t it, for me.
O’REILLY: You know, since we give so much money to charity it is, you know, if people buy it on Bill O’Reilly.com, I know you’ve got it on your website, what is that, GlennBeck.com or I’minsane.com? Which website is that?
GLENN: Really? You want to go there? You really want to go there, Bill? Who’s looking let me play this for you. You know, you have said to me about the FCC, the FCC, you don’t have to worry about anything. Net neutrality the FCC is going to do December 31st. I want to play Michael Copps, the head of the FCC or one of the commissioners of the FCC. He’s being interviewed on the BBC. Listen to what he says about the state of American journalism. Listen to this.
REPORTER: Commissioner, you describe American journalism as in what you call its hour of grave peril. That’s a pretty serious condemnation.
COPPS: It’s a pretty serious situation that we’re in. I think American media has a bad case of substance abuse right now. We are not producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue.
COPPS: We’re not producing as much news as we did five years, ten years, fifteen years ago, and we have to we have to reverse that trend or I think we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the future direction.
GLENN: Now, I don’t hear anybody on the left complaining that a good portion of people get their news from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
O’REILLY: Well, I mean, that was one of the most ridiculous statements I’ve ever heard and I’m glad you pointed out to me. I’m going to use it in the dumbest thing of the week tomorrow on The Factor. Number one, why are you surprised. The entire Obama administration, he is obviously serving at the behest of the president, hates cable news because the president gets worked over pretty hard. That’s number one. But for this guy to say there isn’t as much news as there was five or six years ago, I mean, does he miss the 24 hour/7 cycle? I mean, it’s crazy. So I
GLENN: The problem is they don’t
O’REILLY: He’s a political guy. But look, Beck, this is where you get all bent out of shape and upset when guys say stuff, all right? I
GLENN: No, no.
O’REILLY: move in when guys do stuff, but I will
GLENN: December 21st, December 21st the FCC yesterday announced they are voting on net neutrality. If you just wait until people do stuff, then it’s too late to do something when they shut you down.
O’REILLY: Well, no. No, I like the dialogue but I’m not going to be running around panicking. Why don’t you explain to me, because I am not nearly as intelligent as you are.
GLENN: No, no, you are more intelligent than me but you are not as good on the DVD or live performances. And that’s your words, not mine. I
O’REILLY: You guys jocked me on that.
GLENN: I don’t know what you’re saying. Look
O’REILLY: Jeez, man.
GLENN: We just drew straws on who was going to edit. We’re just drawing straws on who was going to edit.
O’REILLY: Tell me what this FCC vote says to you. What does it say? What’s going to happen?
GLENN: Well, if you go to Cass Sunstein, what net neutrality means is now if you go to FoxNews.com, you will have Arianna Huffington, a little box pop up with her showing that Bill O’Reilly is wrong on this or here’s an opposing view of Bill O’Reilly and it’s
O’REILLY: They are going to force, they are going to force people on the Net to do those things. See, that’s unconstitutional. It’s not going to happen. And Cass Sunstein can run around in short pants all day long screaming he wants it, but it’s not going to happen.
GLENN: Since when did you wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
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GLENN: Since when did these people care about the Constitution? They are talking about the good and plenty clause.
O’REILLY: They can’t do it because as soon as they do NewsCorp or whatever will bring them in, they will slap an injunction on them and that’s what will happen. That’s our system. They can try. But I don’t even think they are going to try. Look, I think if Barack Obama goes into these waters
GLENN: Do you want to lose another bet with me?
O’REILLY: If these guys go into the waters, then forget about campaign in ’12.
GLENN: They don’t care about the campaign. They don’t care. Look what they did last time. They didn’t care about this. Did you have you heard the audio? Do you have the audio, Pat, of this whole thing is rigged?
PAT: Mmm hmmm.
GLENN: Have you played that have you heard this yet, Bill?
GLENN: Where you have Senator Bennet from Colorado after the vote of the food safety bill saying this whole thing is rigged.
BENNET: Because it’s all rigged. I mean, the whole conversation is looked, the whole conversation is
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GLENN: Hold on, Bill. He’s going on. He’s not hearing it.
O’REILLY: It gives me stuff to follow up on, but there’s not a chance in hell of this stuff happening. It’s just not going to happen.
GLENN: Well, you said I wouldn’t
O’REILLY: Two years from now when we’re on the Bold Fresh Tour in the Yukon or wherever we’re going to be. You know, we’ll have the same situation.
GLENN: Siberia, Treblinka.
O’REILLY: Beck, you and I both know that I’m not going away, our websites aren’t going away, Arianna Huffington’s not going to appear on my website, ever!
GLENN: I hope you’re right. But
GLENN: All right, Bill, we will see you tomorrow in
O’REILLY: In New Orleans tomorrow night, Dallas the Saturday night show sold out but the matinee still tickets available. Get the Bold Fresh DVD if you can’t make it. We’ll see you in the big easy.
GLENN: All right, man, see you. Bill O’Reilly, and he’s right. He’s I mean, he’s absolutely right on it and that is that I’m better than he is.
GLENN: On the DVD.
STU: Well, he said it very clearly.
GLENN: He did very clearly.
PAT: I mean, we should play it again a few times.
GLENN: We should.
GLENN: It was said with conviction, too.
PAT: It was.
GLENN: I felt bad for him. Sure, it might have all been in the editing but, hey, you can make excuses all you want.
STU: Yeah, sure. And it’s you know, it was the first thing he brought up in the interview. It was that important to make sure that we knew that you were better than him on the DVD.
STU: And that’s
GLENN: Should we say, should we narrow it to just the DVD?
GLENN: Because you might have been
PAT: Do the edit the letters DVD out and just leave it at that. You don’t want to get superfluous.
STU: You don’t want to get bogged down in formats.
STU: The bottom line is you’re better than him is what he’s trying to say.
GLENN: And the good thing is I can get away with it because there’s less news and media and less scrutinization and everything?
PAT: Yeah, nobody will know.
GLENN: No one will know. I could say anything on this program and no one will scrutinize me.