Bill O’Reilly has called for the resignation of House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, so it was a predictably tense situation when the Massachusetts Democrat appeared on his show last night. A remarkable shouting match ensued, even by O’Reilly’s standards. The Fox host quickly began screaming at Frank over comments that the situation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would improve.
“Come on, you coward, say the truth!” yelled O’Reilly. “You start ranting,” complained a frustrated Frank, “and the only way to respond is to almost talk as boorish as you.” Soon, the pair were reduced to name calling and insults. “That’s a joke,” O’Reilly said of one Frank statement. “A joke,” replied Frank, “is to think I could have a rational discussion with you.”