Kos v O'Reilly

I've been watching this fight out of the corner of my eye, from up here in the cramped ABC News Senate booth on Capitol Hill.

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has all but declared war against the DailyKos website, writing (LINK) about a "vicious far-left web site called the DailyKos, one of the worst examples of hatred America has to offer."

O'Reilly also said of some of the postings on DailyKos: "this is hate of the worst order. It's like the Ku Klux Klan. It's like the Nazi party. There's no difference here. People should die."

Today came news that O'Reilly's push against airline JetBlue for sponsoring the YearlyKos convention worked -- and the company dropped its official sponsorship of Kos's yearly blogger convention.

YearlyKos will be addressed this year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, as well as Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

And loads of others.

Writes Kos (LINK): "Anyone who tries to claim this is a 'hate' gathering is saying, essentially, that the entire Democratic Party is a 'hate' party. And sure, there are plenty of rabid crazies on the other side that would make such a claim, but no reasonable person will think that. And that's the key -- anyone who claims this event is anything but a celebration of the best the Democratic Party has to offer is simply, to put it mildly, blinded by partisan rage and completely out-of-touch with reality."

The Dodd campaign (LINK) and others have used the opportunity to beef up their netroots cred by slamming O'Reilly.

So what do you guys think? Connect to the links above and read up and come back and share your thoughts...

-- jpt

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