ABC News' Raelyn Johnson reports: Right winged cable host Bill Oâ€™Reilly played fairy godfather to Elizabeth Edwards, after members of the blogosphere clipped the wings of one of their favorite goddesses.
After Elizabeth Edwards took issue with MoveOn.org saying, â€œSomeone whoâ€™s spent their life in the military doesnâ€™t deserve â€˜General Betray Us,â€™â€? influential progressive blogger Jane Hamsher posted an open letter to Elizabeth asking her to lay off MoveOn.Org.
â€œHereâ€™s the rule. You never repeat right wing talking points to attack your own, ever. You never enter that echo chamber as a participant. Ever. You never give them a hammer to beat the left with. Just donâ€™t do it,â€? wrote Hamsher, expressing her disappoint in Elizabeth given the support the netroots has thrown behind her and her husband, John Edwardsâ€™ campaign.
â€œShe is telling this woman, Mrs. Edwards, youâ€”this is what you do. You donâ€™t ever, like sheâ€™s six years old,â€? said Oâ€™Reilly criticizing Hamsherâ€™s tone during his show Monday evening.
â€œI think this stuff is dangerous," added O'Reilly. "I think these are fascist people. I think they're Nazis. I think that they're basically -- when you have a person like Elizabeth Edward, and you're talking to that person on a world wide Internet connection like this, I mean, come on.â€?
Those are pretty strong words from Oâ€™Reilly in defense of a person who wouldnâ€™t accept an invitation to come on his show.
Following Elizabethâ€™s famed fight with Ann Coulter this past June, Elizabeth made an appearance on Good Morning America defending her call to Coulter to stop the personal attacks.
That same evening, Oâ€™Reilly had Coulter on as guest where during the interview he revealed an unsuccessful attempt to get Elizabeth on The Oâ€™Reilly Factor.
â€œWe called Elizabeth Edwards. And we said, â€˜you know weâ€™re real interested in this personal attack stuff because we have a problem with that on the left. Would you come on, either sit, you know, on a set, or on the phone?â€™ â€˜No.â€™ Now, Iâ€™m saying to myself, wait a minute, you call into a program that no one watches, alright. And you have a point, no one watches. Sheâ€™s- nobody sees this. Iâ€™m giving you a forum where ten million people on radio and TV are going to see it and you say no."