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O'Reilly - Olbermann Feud Gets Ethnic

8/8/2006 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

oreilly-olbermann-feud-gets-racialThe ongoing clash between cable titans Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly has officially been deemed offensive. After a Nazi gesture was used, the Anti-Defamation League has now decided to join the fight.

In a letter to MSNBC's Olbermann, the ADL states their "deep dismay" with the "use of the Nazi 'Seig Heil' salute." Olbermann used the gesture while holding up a mask of O'Reilly during a recent Television Critics Tour.

Olbermann was quick to explain his actions to TMZ, saying "I did that in the persona of Bill O'Reilly because he's been defending the Nazis at Malmedy for the last year." (The so-called 'Malmedy Massacre' of American POWs by German troops occurred during the famous Battle of the Bulge in World War II.)

The ADL, however, claims any use of the Nazi gesture "Even in jest - only serves to trivialize the Holocaust, and denigrate the memory of the six million Jews and others who died as a result."

Since their heated feud began, O'Reilly has referred to Olbermann - although not by name - as a "notorious smear merchant." Olbermann has named O'Reilly his "Worst Person in the World" at least 15 times.


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Alex Rogers    

I think this article and your comments are all great to read and think about because the United States is about as Nazi as you can get these days.

So its humorous to hear about the lengths that your populace goes through to shun the nazis ("dont say the word") - yet in the rest of the world (a very big place) your actions are so near to the Nazis its frightening.

Your leadership might as well be Hitler, Goerbels and Himmler.

Thanks for the laugh. I needed that.

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17.

Dean    

Both of those two are immature idiots. They need to get a life.

2962 days ago
18.

Catherine    

Yeah, Mike, your comment is outrageously stupd! Yeah, a good percentage of Amercians agree with O'Reilly, therefore, they agree with Nazism, riiiiight.

I'm Conservative, and I disagree with O'Reilly on most everything. And there are some (I stress, some) Democrats I like. He's not assertive enough when questioning extreme left-wing psychopaths.

Olbermann's show is lame to say the very least. He can't just report national events, he has to dog Conservative journalists and reporters. Mmm, wonder what political party he's under????

Just report your news and shut up.

2962 days ago
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Travis Bickle    

It's funny how some of the morons on here think they know how a NAZI acts. Those that think Bill O'Reilly is a nazi needs to go back and relearn their history. You might not like how he handles himself, but calling him a nazi just shows how stupid and ignorant you are. The left is incapable of debating ideas and can only resort to name calling. Keith embodies the immature nature of the left. If you can't debate them on the ideas, just throw out names. It's why Keith can't muster more than 400,000 viewers at any given time. He should go back to sports where he originally came from.

2962 days ago
20.

lolo    

Stand up guys like Tom Brokav?? Oh you mean guys that make up the news to persue their psychotic obsessions with President Bush...

Olbermann was just practicing his salute for Furer Hillary anyway :)

2962 days ago
21.

George    

The above comments confirms O'Reilly's thoughts about the future of our culture. O'Reilly is fair, to both political parties. He is at odds with those that are on the extreme edges of the left OR right. We need someone like Mr. O'Reilly to help keep us aware of news that the mass media fails to print or cover. Those that oppose Mr. O'Reilly, should do a little research on what he does before they write something that makes them look so foolishly uneducated.
Mr. Olberman tries hard but falls short of O'Reilly. He gets too personal and that reflects on his character. He is better on the ESPN's Dan Pattrick show than on the MSNBC show.

2962 days ago
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Carol Van Orden    

While Oberman's comments may be a bit over the top, they are said sarcastically. O'Reilly's are for real. I'm glad someone is calling O'Reilly on his nastiness, besides Al Franken.

2962 days ago
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Nancy Purdy    

Bill O'Reilly, regardless of his opinions, presents himself as a mean and hateful man. O"Reilly believes his own press, a dangerous thing, and does not appear to have a sense of humor about any misstatements that he makes. Olberman is only serious about Bill when he does or says something dispicable, which unfortunately for the rest of us is becoming more and more frequent. O'Reilly needs to lighten up. Keith gives us a lively perspective on the news without the vitriol of O'Reilly. Go Keith. I love him

2962 days ago
24.

Ken Karger    

Bill O'Reilly has very poor listening skills. He is obnoxious, rude, arrogant, and thinks he has all the answers. He is an extremist, a fanatic and is probably a very insecure person deep inside. He probably wasn't even a good teacher in his old days in Miami.

2962 days ago
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Essie Hough    


GO KEITH, GO KEITH.....O'REILLY has become a miserable contentious force in the news world today...No one has a right to an opinion if it does not agree with his teachings...I was recently blocked from his site because i made a comment about Ann Coulter being a laughable individual...she is nasty and divisive..only interested in selling books...no principles...no scruples...I am now blocked from his site....that's even more laughable!!! So now I watch CNN..Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs...and YOU!!!!!!!

2962 days ago
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Essie Hough    


GO KEITH, GO KEITH.....O'REILLY has become a miserable contentious force in the news world today...No one has a right to an opinion if it does not agree with his teachings...I was recently blocked from his site because i made a comment about Ann Coulter being a laughable individual...she is nasty and divisive..only interested in selling books...no principles...no scruples...I am now blocked from his site....that's even more laughable!!! So now I watch CNN..Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs...and YOU!!!!!!!

2962 days ago
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Essie Hough    


About Nazism.....I was a very young child during those formidable years of the 2nd World War, but i have never forgotten the conversations my parents were involved in everyday about what was happening 'on the front'. Just be happy that we, in America, are able to even discuss these matters. We may not all agree, but we are FREE! Let us not forget this and let the two men fight it out themselves . they will self destruct eventually!!!! We all have our opinions ..Let's listen! And i do agree with the gentleman who feels that O'Reilly does not listen to anyone, but himself. He loves to listen to himself talk. And YOU MUST AGREE!!!!!

2962 days ago
28.

Mike    

Don't wanna be an american idiot... One nation under the new media. Can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind F**k america...
Fair and balanced... we report our, you decide... What nonsense. What party does Rupert Murdoc support? Hmmmmmmmmm... Who owns Fox? Hmmmmmmmmmm.... It isn't complicated people. We have been robbed of a free press. The lie is in full force.The actual news is not shown on commercial TV or heard on commercial radio. America! You have been declared officially brain dead.
I like how the Companionate Conservatives claim the left has no argument so they resort to name calling as they call names. Very intelligent people. I expect the very worst from you.

2962 days ago
29.

Stevo    

Sheesh! I guess that's the end of THC (The 'Hitler' Channel)...they're 'seiging' all over the place...besides, with Bush in The White House, I think that's a proper salute these days...History; we still haven't learned from it, so here we go again, but this time people actually 'elected' the dictator!

2962 days ago
30.

Don    

For anyone that watches either show, you would note that Keith uses humor and facts to get his points across, listens to the people who he invites on his show, and calls it like it is with all of Bush's screwups. O'Reilly, on the other hand, is humorless, rigid in his approach to all things, tells his invited guests to "shut up" when he disagrees with them, and is an apologist for the Bush Administration.

Oh, I forgot, he's also a sexual predator of women who work for him.
Most recently, he blamed a woman for her own murder in NYC because of the way she dressed,,,, 18 years old, Saturday night out with a friend... he's disgusting... and should be fired. Better yet, boycott the advertisers of his show.

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