At first it looked like Bill O’Reilly was taking the high road following his essentially apologizing to Shirley Sherrod after an attack on the former government official ended up causing her to get fired. Then O’Reilly started turning the tables and pointing a finger at NBC.
Turning the controversy into a ratings game, O’Reilly claimed MSNBC and NBC News launched “personal attacks” against Fox News with dishonest information, using the Sherrod story to back up their accusations, according to the Huffington Post.
“One NBC News loon actually said on the air that the coverage of ACORN, the Black Panthers and Ms. Sherrod was designed to make white Americans scared of black Americans,” O’Reilly said in a veiled attack on Rachel Maddow.
O’Reilly’s snarky remarks toward the MSNBC network caused Maddow to respond with a long rant on Thursday night’s program, saying, “You are the undisputed champion. But even if no one watches us at all… you are still wrong on what really matters and that would be the facts, your highness.”
Maddow took the war of words even further by her agreeing that Fox News gets better ratings than MSNBC, adding that programs like ‘Deadliest Catch‘ and ‘WWE Wrestling’ rank higher than both of them.