But the best exchange came when Letterman inferred that Beck, Limbaugh and O'Reilly were not unlike wrestlers. David Letterman, a 'Pundit Fight' reader perhaps?
Video: Bill O'Reilly on Letterman 2009.03.31 (pt 1)
DAVID LETTERMAN: Now let's talk about your buddy Glenn Beck, there's a piece on him in 'The Times' the other day and he said what I think coalesces this whole deal
BILL O'REILLY: Which deal is that?
LETTERMAN: That you're too smart to say the things you say
O'REILLY: Me or him?
LETTERMAN: Everybody, you, Rush, Glenn Beck
(O'Reilly chuckles at being lumped with the others)
LETTERMAN: ...Glenn Beck says that if people take what I say as gospel they're idiots...
O'REILLY: Glenn is a talk show host. Rush Limbaugh is a talk show host, they're not journalists
LETTERMAN: What are you? You're a talk show host right
O'REILLY: I'm a journalist...
LETTERMAN: But now what you mostly do is commentary
O'REILLY: Now it is, Yes - But I was a hard news reporters. But those guys are basically entertainers and they admit it.
LETTERMAN: Now but you're an entertainer.
O'REILLY: Somewhat, somewhat
LETTERMAN: What do you mean somewhat?... I think Glenn Beck -- and maybe he got caught up in a moment of candour. But I think he speaks to this. I think you guys know exactly what you're doing, you've been very successful at it. But the truth of it is, you're not speaking your conscience.
O'REILLY: So we're charlatans is what you're saying
LETTERMAN: You're not charlatans, Its showbiz. This is why wrestling is so popular.