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O'Reilly Telegraphing Fox Comedy Show Plans

Reported by Judy - January 19, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly's trade-off of appearances with Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" may be part of an effort by Fox News to add younger viewers to its geriatric audience. With video.

O'Reilly spoke via phone during "Fox and Friends" Friday (January 19, 2007) to bask in the glow of his Colbert appearances, claiming that the Colbert writers tried to intimidate him but he bravely resisted.

O'Reilly also claimed that Colbert is really a traditionalist and not at all the liberal that people think he is. And O''Reilly and the "Fox and Friends" co-hosts also rehashed the microwave theft from the night before.

But the highlight of the segment was O'Reilly's insistence that there is a "cabal of hip left-wing people" like Jon Stewart who are poisoning the minds of America's youth with their liberal ideology. "You don't have any counter to that," O'Reilly warned.

Young people who only get their news from shows like Stewart's "Daily Show" come to believe that "anybody who's conservative or tradtional is an idiot and anybody who is liberal is hip," O'Reilly said.

O'Reilly seems to be setting viewers up for an announcement about Fox News' plans for a faux news show (even more faux than what they run all day every day now, but something that is supposed to be funny).

Rush Limbaugh apparently has taped an intro for a pilot of the show, called "The Halfhour Newshour."

It probably will be hilarious, but not in the way Fox News intends.