Ken Tucker
November 01, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Glenn Beck offered his take on the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on his Monday afternoon Fox News Channel show.

Mid-way through the hour-long Glenn Beck show, Beck characterized Stewart’s effort as the equivalent of “a high-school play; it was not good.” Referring to much of the rally as “nonsense,” Beck nonetheless said Stewart tried to give out “the same message I gave on 8/28,” referring to his own D.C. rally this past August.

But unlike Beck, Stewart was “co-opted [by the liberals]. I don’t think he liked it… he was used,” said Beck. Beck said that when The Huffington Post and “the President himself promotes the rally, it becomes a mouthpiece for the [Democratic] party.” Beck added, “This became just another campaign stop.”

Beck said, “I don’t think that’s what Jon Stewart intended.” He said he’d written Stewart before the event and “I wished him luck, and I meant it.”

UPDATE: Over on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann announced on his Countdown show Monday night that he was “suspending” his nightly “Worst Persons In The World” feature in a gesture toward “lowering the volume” in news coverage, a nod to Jon Stewart’s urging both Fox and MSNBC to stop being so vociferously angry. Is this a small victory for Stewart, or the potential loss of an amusing segment?

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