Fox News heavies Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck bite back after White House dig
BY RICHARD SISK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Updated Tuesday, October 13th 2009, 2:09 PM
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (l.) and Glenn Beck and the White House are locked in a war of words.
WASHINGTON – Fox News Channel types were ready to rumble Tuesday and are eagerly awaiting the next White House salvo.
Fox cable biggies Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly could hardly contain their delight at being labeled GOP shills Sunday by Obama administration Communications Director Anita Dunn, a charge that will likely prove a big ratings booster for the Rupert Murdoch-owned outlet.
“They’re more worried about the war on Fox than the actual war in Afghanistan,” Beck crowed on his show. “Anita, do enjoy the show.”
O’Reilly said “there’s no question that Fox News is tougher on the Obama administration than the other TV operations because we actually have some conservative commentators on this network.”
But O’Reilly insisted that “Our hard news reporters don’t do commentary.”
The excitable Beck was so happy with the attention that he plopped a map of Manhattan on his desk and put little plastic tanks and artillery pieces around Fox headquarters in Midtown.
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, Dunn called Fox “a wing of the Republican Party.”