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There is simply nobody more qualified than Stephen Colbert to commemorate Bill O’Reilly’s ouster by Fox News. As the Late Show host said yesterday, “I owe a lot to Bill O’ Reilly. I spent nine years playing a character based largely on him.”

As Colbert acknowledges, they didn’t agree about anything but “he has been a guest on this show and I take no pleasure in his downfall. I’m not going to publicly gloat.” He then asks the producers to take the camera off him so he can gloat privately. Moments later comes a “satellite” appearance by “O’Reilly’s biggest fan, conservative pundit Stephen Colbert.”

Yes, that guy is back again, standing in front of a log structure somewhere in the woods — with an invitation for “Papa Bear” to join him and Jon Stewart in their mountain hideaway, delivered in the most seductive terms.

Back on set, the real Colbert has a few words about the New England Patriots’ visit to the White House and the Georgia Sixth Congressional District primary. It’s all fun, even if O’Reilly was truly “a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage.”

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On July 21, Verizon followed in DirecTV’s footsteps and announced it would not be renewing its contract with the far-right conspiracy theory network One America News. Having learned nothing from its catastrophic response to DirecTV, OAN denounced Verizon and encouraged viewers to harass and boycott the “radical Marxist corporation.” And since then, OAN has only further proved its worthlessness.

Without a major carrier, OAN remains focused on national issues like a fear of roving transgender gangs harassing conservatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s support for gay men who flash “their genitals to little boys and girls” (she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race -- a show with no children -- two years ago), and Verizon’s “censorship” of OAN.

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Postcards from the great American labor shortage: A couple arrives at the Seattle airport after a five-hour flight and stands in line at the car rental desk. People are angry. At the desk sits a harassed employee explaining that he simply has no cars of any kind to rent. Nothing. Why? There aren't enough employees on hand to vacuum, wash, fuel and process the cars.

Another snapshot. A couple has been driving for several hours and requires a bathroom stop. They pull into a Burger King. The doors are locked. The only service is at the drive-thru. Why? Lack of employees.

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