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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

O'Reilly defends Rather

Who does Bill O'Reilly think he's kidding? Bill has written an editorial piece claiming Dan Rather was done in by the internet "smear" machine. As though Rather was a victim of circumstance, not his raging hatred of the Bush family and conservatism in general. But thats not what has me heated. Bill can defend whomever he wants. But take a look at some of what Bill wrote:

Let me ask you something: In the future, do you think potential public servants and social crusaders are going to risk being brutally attacked within this insane system? I don't. I think many good people are simply going to walk away from the public arena. Dan Rather did not get what he deserved in this case. He made a mistake, as we all do, but he is not a dishonest man. Unfair freedom of speech did him in. This is not your grandfather's country anymore.

Which "insane system" are you refering to, O'Reilly; the First Amendement? Furthmore, what do you think we should do about all this "unfair freedom of speech" plaguing our nation? O'Reilly sure can dish it out, but when it comes to taking it hes the biggest wimp out there. For a man who has no moral ground to stand on, he sure spends alot of time pontificating on all things virtuous. If only more people had the integrity of Bill O'Reilly. Here's some more from Bill's editorial:

So anyway I'd be rubbing your big boobs and getting your nipples really hard, kinda' kissing your neck from behind... and then I would take the other hand with the falafel thing and I'd put it on your...

Oh wait, I've got the wrong transcript here. This was Bill giving one of his great talks on values to a subordinate at Fox News. My mistake.

By the way: Am I the only conservative out their who just about rips his hair out when people put the words "Bill O'Reilly" and "conservative" in the same sentence? Uhg, I could vomit every time I here someone equate this pompous windbag with conservatism. His self absorbed buffoonery is the antithesis of what it means to be a conservatism.

Oh yeah, Bill, "falafel":

Pronunciation: f&-'lä-f&l
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural falafel
Etymology: Arabic falAfil
: a spicy mixture of ground vegetables (as chick-peas or fava beans) formed into balls or patties and then fried


  • No, you're not the only one who sees the error in calling Bill O'Reilly a conservative. As John Stossel once said in a different context, "Real conservatives should feel insulted."

    O'Reilly himself dislikes being labeled that, and I can't blame him, given that he's not a conservative but an eclectic mishmash of mutually-exclusive premises. He is one of those silly men who thinks that he is "above ideology" and thinks that having an "ideology" is inherently bad, as if his myopic disdain for "ideology" was not itself an ideology.

    When O'Reilly is at his worst, he reminds me of populist Democrat William Jennigs Bryan, whom many other people inaccurately identify as "conservative" when they see the film Inherit the Wind (a film I like in many ways, although its writers show serious flaws in their thinking in their interviews about this play).

    Like Bryan, O'Reilly is thought of as conservative because he's afraid of "secularization." But also like Bryan, O'Reilly's economics are often quite socialist. O'Reilly often blathers about "unscrupulous corporations" and their "exploitation of children" through the marketing of films and CDs. On more than one occasion O'Reilly interviewed a foaming-at-the-mouth Naderite from Public Citizen who advocated price controls on gasoline, and O'Reilly agreed with everything he said.

    By Blogger Stuart K. Hayashi, at 7:51 AM  

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