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February 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Even as al-Jazeera was winning overwhelming praise in the West for its coverage of the turmoil in Tunisia and Egypt and battling authorities trying to shut it down, it was being denounced Tuesday night by Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, who showed clips of guests who had appeared on the network making anti-U.S. and anti-Israel comments. He soon became embroiled in a shouting match with liberal commentator Alan Colmes who pointed out that the comments were made by persons appearing on commentary programs and that neither the network nor its on-air reporters ever reflected such opinions in their news coverage. It was essentially the same argument that Fox News itself uses to support its “fair and balanced” assertions. “I would think a populist like you would support al-Jazeera,” Colmes said. “Are you crazy? Are you nuts?” O’Reilly replied. “I’m not taking the side of an anti-Semitic, anti-American network!” Later, when Colmes again attempted to counter O’Reilly’s stance, O’Reilly shouted back, “Why don’t you grasp this, and I’m getting a little mad at you. Grasp this. There’s no counter [argument]. You got it? There’s no counter on it.”