Getting rough out there in talk land. Third-best recent putdown by one celebrity of another -- Anderson Cooper's producer on Fox's Gretta Susteren:
The executive producer of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week called Susteren's On The Record "not a news program. It's missing-person of the day."
Second-best: Sustern's 1,000-word response:
Best: Rush Limbaugh, in New Work Times Magazine interview, on Bill O'Reilly:
At dinner the night before, Bill O'Reilly's name came up, and Limbaugh expressed his opinion of the Fox cable king. He hadn't been sure at the time that he wanted it on the record. But on second thought, “somebody's got to say it,” he told me. “The man is Ted Baxter.”
As this writer points out, somebody else has already called O'Reilly that: Keith Olbermann, who's also called him the "Frank Burns of news." But Olbermann feels that way about all conservatives, so it takes on a little more weight when Limbaugh says it. I've only been able to take O'Reilly a few minutes at a time, so I'm not really sure the conservative label fits. Mostly he just seems like a populist blowhard.