Time magazine writer James Poniewozik thinks he has the answer. Here is his take on the situation:
O’Reilly recently outdid himself by blaming Colbert for the downfall of civilized society through a bit of “ideological island hopping”… somehow tying together March Madness and related rioting with the progressive media… specifically “The Colbert Report."
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The entire rant only boosted the comedian’s profile and further established his relevance… just as he was emerging as a frontrunner for Letterman’s job.
Poniewozik thinks the whole thing was part of a larger O’Reilly scheme to move Colbert from cable to mainstream media… where Stephen would be forced to leave his progressive ideas by the wayside… maybe.