Bill O’Reilly, still reviled…but Al Franken? Mostly just ignored by subway riders

Most media-minded people are aware of last year’s imbroglio at the 2003 BookExpo in Los Angeles between vitriolic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his mealy-mouthed liberal arch-nemesis Al Franken. And, of course, there’s a fair amount of awareness of last fall’s lawsuit-and-taunting exchange between the two media figures over the distribution of author Franken’s “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.”
But what of the battle occurring underground? Earlier, we examined the treatment conservative firebrand O’Reilly has received at the hands of those with the inclination and opportunity to deface Fox News posters sporting his fleshy visage in New York’s subway system. Now, the gauntlet has been thrown…and another network, the Sundance Channel, is littering the city’s subway walls with advertising for Al Franken’s new television series.
The scorecard? It’s been several weeks, and Al’s face is still looking pretty pristine, in contrast to the “Nazi”-themed abuse heaped upon his Republican-leaning counterpart. Witness our representative sampling below:
But there’s always an exception, right?
So, wait…what happened with this image? Admittedly, the one sampled above is in the extreme minority, but are there still RNC delegates lurking in Manhattan? And are they sporting razor blades and Sharpies alongside their patriotic hats and neckties? Or maybe they’re simply carrying cages filled with crows, who are periodically released to peck out the eyes of liberal ideologues?