If you can't beat the satire, join it. That seems to have been the mantra guiding Glenn Beck Friday night. In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Beck said he was "totally cool" with the dueling Restoring Sanity rallies organized by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in imitation and mockery of Beck's Restoring Honor event a few weeks back.
BECK: Let's see...I had a problem with other people having a problem with me expressing myself in the public space. How could I possibly have a problem with someone else doing what I did.
O'REILLY: Because they're ripping you off.
BECK: That's what they do!
O'REILLY: Yeah, but they're mocking...
BECK: Did you notice that Stephen Colbert, his whole career, is based on you?
O'REILLY: Is that right? I didn't know that! That's what he's doing?
When Beck insists to the half-joking O'Reilly that Colbert is mocking him "every night," O'Reilly intones, "That shouldn't be allowed. That shouldn't be allowed."
O'Reilly goes on to ask how much of a cut of Colbert and Stewart's revenue they deserve for giving them endless material for satire: "Shouldn't they give back a little? You should get a residual from this little Halloween fest here."
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