Friday, December 17, 2004

Looking Out for Bill O'Reilly

While Bill O'Reilly was busy lying to his radio listeners this morning about "Liberals" and "Progressives" (e.g. "Liberals believe Government can solve all of our problems, and they believe the bigger the Government, the better!"), Media Matter's David Brock was standing by, waiting to hear back from the "cowardly" Master of the Loofah, O'Reilly.

From Brock's no spin letter to O'Reilly:

Mr. O'Reilly, you have repeatedly and personally attacked me, Media Matters for America, and my fine staff, calling us "vile," "despicable," and "weasels," and comparing us to the Ku Klux Klan, Castro, Mao, and the Nazis. And you have refused my repeated requests to appear on your broadcast.

You once offered your viewers your definition of the word "coward." On the January 5, 2004, O'Reilly Factor, you declared: "If you attack someone publicly, as these men did to me, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward."

Well, Mr. O'Reilly, you have attacked me publicly on numerous occasions, and you refuse to face me. You, sir, are a coward -- by your own definition of the term. You are "hiding under your desk" (to paraphrase your August 26, 2003, claim about a "coward" who declined to appear on your show) rather than allowing me on your program to discuss your insults. You are "gutless," to borrow the phrase you used on January 10, 2003, and February 8, 2001, to describe people who would not appear on your program. I attach additional examples of your pejorative descriptions of those who decline invitations to appear on your broadcast.


By the way Mr. O'Reilly, David Brock is gay, so I'm certain a manly-man like yourself should be able to take him on without a problem...Right?

We're just looking out for you, Bill.

25 Comments:

Blogger maipenri@yahoo.com said...

If it wasn't so pathetic, it would be funny!!!
O'Reilly has the AUDACITY to call anyone "vile," "despicable," and a "weasel"? And THIS coming from the "man" who has been accused by one of his producers for unwanted phone sex with her while he was using a vibrator on himself? (She claims they had phone sex and he claims, no he is just a victim of vast right hand conspiracy. -Jay Leno)

The producer claims he repeatedly talked to her about phone sex, threesomes and masturbation. The last straw was when he asked her if her breasts were fair and balanced." --Jay Leno

12/17/2004 12:18 PM  
Blogger partridge said...

Oh man, that's classic.

Btw, regarding the Loofah etc, have you read the transcript? The Loofah changes into a Falafel during the conversation! There's a quality article on Counterpunch

12/17/2004 12:25 PM  
Blogger MikeyCan said...

Bill "Falafel" O'Reilly is really nothing more than a pathetic joke, a shadow of a man. He is today's "Morton Downey Jr." on TV, except that he's taken seriously by a few wingnuts because he happens to be on the extreme "right" of any topic. Talks nothing but BS, and increasingly people are waking up to what a laughingstock he really is. Not worth us waking our time on, really.

If you want a good laugh, you can go and read about the deprived phone fantasies he repeatedly shared with his secretary, to her disgust:
http://www.sweetjesusihatebilloreilly.com/OReillySexScandal.html

What is REALLY scary, though, is the organization that employs O'Reilly: FOX. That FOX doesn't have any shame in putting and keeping somebody like O'Reilly on the air is chilling. It means that even after O'Reilly is gone (before too long, I'm sure), it won't be beyond them to replace him with somebody just as pathetic.

12/17/2004 12:51 PM  
Blogger BradF said...

MikeyCan said:

"He is today's "Morton Downey Jr." on TV, except that he's taken seriously by a few wingnuts because he happens to be on the extreme "right" of any topic."

I would take exception only to the above comment, MikeCan. Truth is, O'Reilly is taken *very* seriously by *millions* via both TV and Radio.

If he were in fact the well-known joke you describe him as, he wouldn't be nearly as dangerous as he *actually* is.

12/17/2004 1:17 PM  
Blogger MikeyCan said...

BradF, you bring up a good point - no matter how pathetic O'Reilly might seem to many of us, there IS danger in the fact that there are many who take him seriously. But hopefully, if enough of us talk about his outright lies, spin, and harassing "phone fantasies", more and more will see him for what he truly is.

However, wouldn't you agree that, even more dangerous than him are those that let him survive on the airwaves to this day? For by having him on the air, FOX has shown what kind of programming they FOX really wants; if it isn't O'Reilly won't they just go out and get somebody else to fill that role?

We must target FOX.

12/17/2004 2:26 PM  
Blogger maipenri@yahoo.com said...

Hmmm... a great thought just occurred to me --
I don't know how many of you remember this, but I seem to remember O'Reilly encouraging boycotts of various things on his radio show. Now, wouldn't it be funny if people started a movement to boycott Fox because of their support of immoral people like O'Reilly?

12/17/2004 2:57 PM  
Blogger BradF said...

I don't disagree with either your comment or your suggested tacticts, Mikeycan.

Just wanted to point out that O'Reilly still has the number one show on all of Cable News, along with the extraordinary reach and influence that comes with it.

I believe those folks who right him off (and FOX as a whole) as having influence over right wingnuts only is desperately missing the bigger picture of the damage that such outrageously biased and unbalanced coverage is having on the left and the middle as well.

Propoganda works because the majority of folks don't realize it's propoganda. That's at play big time in the Fox/O'Reilly sitch, and why Fox (and Sean and O'Reilly and Hume, etc etc etc) are all so terribly damaging to our republic.

I wish they *did* only have influence over the wingnuts! Unfortunately, they are much more dangerous than that.

12/17/2004 3:32 PM  
Blogger Winter Patriot said...

Brad said: "I wish they *did* only have influence over the wingnuts" ...

Unfortunately, they seem to have the power to turn otherwise reasonable people *into* wingnuts.

That is why they must be fought.

12/17/2004 4:32 PM  
Blogger jaime said...

Maybe Brock should come on the show as "Jack Mehoffer"

12/17/2004 7:44 PM  
Blogger partridge said...

Morton Downey Jr and Jack Mehoffer...

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the reference here? I feel I'm missing out on some classic humour - and I don't like it! :p

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