Bill O'Reilly remains one of the few members of the media who asks hard-hitting questions regardless of the person he is interviewing.

On Tuesday night he confronted Sarah Palin with the harsh reality that she was trying to have it both ways with the use of the word "retard." Palin had slammed Rahm Emanuel,White House Chief of Staff, for using it but had said that when Rush Limbaugh used it he was using "satire."

Give me a break. The use of the word was just as offensive by Limbaugh as it was by Emanuel and Palin should have just said so. Instead she tried to have it both ways and got caught by O'Reilly.

Here is what Limbaugh actually said: "Our political correct society is acting like some giant insults taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards" ... "I think their big news is he (Emanuel) is out there calling Obama's number one supporters f'ing retards. So now there's going to be a meeting. There's going to be a retard summit at the White House."

That is every bit as insulting regardless of whether it is satire or not. Kudos to O'Reilly for calling a spade a spade. You get the sense sometimes that hardliners on left and right refuse to ask the tough questions of their own kind.

Not Bill O'Reilly. No sir.