Saturday, May 9, 2009

Time Magazine: Top 10 TV Feuds featuring Stephen Colbert, Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann

Last year in the wake of the Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer fight, Time Magazine compiled collection of The Top 10 feuds highlighting its origins, notable quotes and their "Chance at reconciliation". Four and a half APF pundits were featured, some making multiple appearances; Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly and Stephen Colbert. Tucker Carlson counts for being co-host of 'Crossfire', representing the conservative viewpoint for the debate show. Not surprisingly these feuds have been well documented on this blog.

The list is as follows:
Top 10 TV Feuds: Prickly Personalities
1) Jon Stewart v. Jim Cramer
2) Stephen Colbert v. Bill O'Reilly
3) Bill O'Reilly v. Keith Olbermann
4) Jon Stewart v. Crossfire
5) Donald Trump v. Martha Stewart
6) Dan Rather v. CBS
7) Elisabeth Hasselbeck v. The View
8) Donald Trump v. Rosie O'Donnell
9) David Letterman v. Oprah
10) Matt Lauer v. Tom Cruise

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert interviewed on 'The O'Reilly Factor'
Stephen Colbert v. Bill O'Reilly
The feud:
Largely manufactured. Colbert's TV persona on "The Colbert Report" is clearly an homage to the blustery bombast of the O'Reilly Report — he even calls O'Reilly "Papa Bear." The two agreed to appear on each other's show in Jan. 2007 in a good-natured mock debate.

Chance at reconciliation:
We have no doubt that Colbert is mocking O'Reilly; that's clear to anyone. But as O'Reilly said, imitation is the clearest form of flattery. These two won't be fast friends, but it's a symbiotic relationship; good for everyone.

He Said/He Said:
"If you imitate someone, you owe them a royalty check. If you emulate them, you don't. There's a big difference. Check your lawyer.
— Stephen Colbert, Jan. 18, 2007

[Colbert] owes his whole life to me, and I'm happy to give it up for him.
— Bill O'Reilly, Jan. 18, 2007

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