Thursday, August 14, 2003

O'Reilly Crys Over "Collapsing National Discourse"

From Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points":

"I wonder if The Times thought that Donald Sagretti (sic) was funny when he manufactured dirt to hurt Richard Nixon's political opponents. I guess The Times editorial board would be yucking it up if their pictures appeared on a book cover accompanied by the word 'liar.' Satire, my butt.

There's no question that many of the attacks launched against FOX personnel are designed to injury and demean. It's unfortunate, but in this country, if you're successful or famous, many courts will allow defamation, slander and liable to go unpunished.

. . .

Some people think hitting somebody in the face with a pie is funny. I don't. Ralph Nader was in San Francisco endorsing a Green Party candidate and some thug pied him. The guy got away. Nader walked it off after wiping it off.

This kind of thing is designed to demean, part of the collapsing national discourse that we mentioned in the Talking Points memo."

Collapsing national discourse? Puleeze! O'Reilly and Fox represent the vanguard of rude and demeaning attack journalism. From the 8 year media vendetta on Clinton, to the smear campaign against Gore, O'Reilly has been out there throwing pies with the worst of the pundits and hacks. And now he wants to cry foul 'cause he took one to the kisser? Well, reap the whirlwind, B.O.


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