MSNBC’s O’Donnell Says Fox News’ O’Reilly Is a ‘Joke’

by | February 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM | Cable News, TV News

Bill O'Reilly, Lawrence O'Donnell (Photo: Jason Merritt/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Bill O'Reilly, Lawrence O'Donnell (Photo: Jason Merritt/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Now that Keith Olbermann is missing from the MSNBC lineup, time slot replacement Lawrence O’Donnell is aiming to fill the gap of controversy left by his predecessor.

O’Donnell took aim at “The O’Reilly Factor’s” Bill O’Reilly, his show’s rival, calling him a “joke” after the Fox News host attacked MSNBC’s patriotism.

“When I look at O’Reilly, I also see dozens of guys I grew up with just like him: overbearing, argumentative Irish guys who think they know everything and can back up nothing,” O’Donnell said, adding that O’Reilly can lie “without blinking because he’s discovered that there’s a lot of money to be made in those lies.”

This isn’t the first attack O’Donnell has launched on “The Last Word” — last week the host sparred with Iowa Congressman Steve King for republicans questioning President Obama’s faith by suggesting he is a Muslim.

Questioning King’s faith, O’Donnell asked, “Do you have a Christian ID you can show me?”

While O’Donnell claims O’Reilly “almost never has the capacity to outrage me,” it is still undetermined as to whether O’Reilly will become outraged and launch a counterattack during an upcoming broadcast.