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Foxy Boxing: Geraldo vs. O'Reilly

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera were a married couple, the cops would have been called last night to quell their domestic disturbance.

The two Fox News stars got into a high-testosterone shouting match on The O'Reilly Factor during a discussion of Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien from Mexico who killed two teenagers while driving drunk.

In a heated exchange that must be watched to be appreciated, Rivera accuses O'Reilly of "obscuring a tragedy to make a cheap political point." He noted that illegal aliens actually commit crimes at a lower rate than citizens.

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"Don't feed the Lou Dobbs mob," he implored, referring to the CNN anchor who has made illegal immigration his signature issue. "Lou Dobbs has regenerated his dead career on the backs of illegal aliens."

O'Reilly was having none of it. "You want open border anarchy! That's what you want!" he thundered, pounding his desk and stabbing his index finger at Rivera. "I want the law enforced and you don't!"

Rivera has made a fool of himself plenty of times in the past, but it must be said that he won this debate, bringing hard statistics that O'Reilly could only counter with high decibels, and even convincing his host to take down the rhetoric a notch when things looked like they might get ugly. Point: Geraldo.


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