Bill O'Reilly vs. Barney Frank

Forget Biden-Palin, the real fireworks Thursday night came during a screaming match between O'Reilly and Frank.

By Alex Koppelman
Published October 3, 2008 2:43PM (EDT)

I was never a pro wrestling fan, but watching video of Thursday night's screaming match between Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., I suddenly begin to understand the appeal.

Sure, there's little chance anyone will actually learn anything about the economic crisis or who's responsible for getting us to this position from watching the two men compete to see who can be the bigger blowhard, but this does make for great trash TV.

It's a little like rubbernecking at a car accident -- you know you don't want to look, you know you're a bad person for doing so, but you just can't help yourself.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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