Kindler, gentler Bill O'Reilly still beats Glenn Beck
Even his praise for Glenn Beck in the Los Angles Times could be read in a double-edged way.
O'Reilly said he doesn't begrudge Beck the attention. "More power to him, man. It takes the heat off me. I tell him, 'Be as crazy as you want.'
"I like Beck; I understand exactly what he's doing," he added. "He genuinely feels the country is in bad shape. I think guys like that deserve a voice."
Beck's 5 p.m. EDT show has averaged 2.8 million viewers this year, beating Sean Hannity.
But O'Reilly said he's not worried. "What am I supposed to do, hate Glenn Beck because he's successful?" he asked. "That's what they do in Hollywood. I'm a New Yorker."
That's the new Bill, confident, assured and secure at last. It will take more than Glenn Beck to topple him.