1968: august 27
1968: august 28, part two

1968: august 28

Rude on-screen behavior didn't begin with Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. For the 1968 Democratic Convention, ABC hired two pundits from opposing sides. Gore Vidal was a novelist and essayist known for his international perspective, liberal politics, and open embrace of fluid sexual identity. William F. Buckley was one of the most famous conservatives of his era, and also known for his complex verbosity (which made him an easy target for impressionists). During one discussion on August 28, 1968 (video below), Buckley made reference to Nazis, Vidal offered a crack about Buckley and "crypto-Nazis," and Buckley responded with the immortal "Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I'll sock you in the goddamn face and you'll stay plastered."


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