Sarah Palin Blasts Bill O'Reilly During Fox News Appearance (Video)

Sarah Palin

The former governor of Alaska said cable's top news personality is treating the upcoming GOP presidential primary as if it were a "joke."

Sarah Palin appeared on the Fox News Channel, where she is a contributor, to trash the network's No. 1 star: Bill O'Reilly.

Speaking to Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, Palin took obvious offense to O'Reilly joking that if the former governor of Alaska and billionaire television personality Donald Trump were to enter the race for president, it would make a great reality TV show.

In order to beat the Democrats' presumed candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, "it's going to take more than a village," Palin said before accusing the media, including some at Fox News, of taking cheap shots at her.

"On Fox, kind of a quasi-conservative or assumed conservative outlet, and we have all day listening to the tease of Bill O'Reilly's," she said. "All these GOP contenders thinking about running for president, like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, and he names them off. 'Oh what a reality show that would be. Yuk, yuk.' Well, the left doesn't do that. They take this serious, because this is war."

Hannity attempted to interrupt his guest, but she clearly wanted to get her point across before moving on.

"Hopefully the media, even the quasi right side of the media, won't be looking at this as some kind of reality show, a joke, because maybe they have theirs, so they're taken care of, so they're fine," she said, insinuating most mainstream journalists will support Clinton.

At one point she even waved her arms in a dismissive fashion when referring to O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor, the No. 1 news show of cable TV.

"No, the people of America deserve the best, and competition through a GOP primary — whether Bill O'Reilly or somebody else assumes it's a reality show or not — they deserve that competition to surface the competitor who can take on Hillary, or whomever it will be, and win for this country."

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.

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