Aug. 30, 2013 By Jack Jodell.
This is my third installment of an intermittent series devoted to those in the mass media who have established long and very successful careers by repeatedly lying through their teeth to the general public. This post today will focus on FOX “News” commentator BILL O’REILLY.
Bill O’Reilly (derisively referred to as “Billo” by many) is one of the few talking heads on FOX to truly have a legitimate degree from college, having majored in history and receiving a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Remarkably enough, and unlike many of his fellow buffoons found at FOX, O’Reilly has actually spent time as an ivedtigative reporter, first for local stations and later for both CBS and ABC. He even received two Emmy Awards for excellence in reporting during those years! Because of this, he should know better than to try to bamboozle us today with half truths and outright lies as he does so often now. But for Billo, at least, that is a near impossibility. He has simply told numerous whoppers over the ensuing years. Keith Olbermann used to repeatedly call him on the carpet for these lies, constantly referring to him as “the worst person in the world.” Thom Hartmann has many times proved him to be “politically incorrect.” Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College Peter Dreier published a boatload of Billo’s lies in the Huffington Post. What has happened to the once highly-awarded Bill O’Reilly?
Billo has become the epitome of the angry white, elderly, conservative Republican voter. He often displays an almost arrogant, no-nonsense personality, and apparently takes great delight in shouting down and/or ridiculing his guests who have opposing viewpoints to his. Sour and mean-spirited in nature, he often verbally attacks his guests and has been known to turn off their microphones and ask them to get off the set if and when they disagree with him. For a man as educated as he, it is shocking to see him engage in such boorish behavior, although he does it quite regularly.
Make no mistake about it: Bill O’Reilly is a committed conservative. He is registered as an Independent, but it is very clear to see he is really just another very delusional Tea Party-infested reactionary Republican. Naturally, he is entitled to his own opinions, but he is NOT entitled to use his own made-up “facts.” He has repeatedly used hyperbole and even thinly-veiled racial slurs to accent some of his more preposterous allegations. He has made outrageous statements, only to deny them later by saying he never said such a thing. But video tapes do not lie, and many times he has been caught in a lie by making such denials. This blowhard has denied climate change by insisting that “God controls the climate.” He has claimed that liberals who support Gun Control are “totalitarians” like Hitler. In 2009. he made the off-the-wall prediction that if same-sex marriage were to be legalized, then “polygamy will run rampant.” During the horrible BP oil spill which still ravages the Gulf of Mexico today, Billo made the utterly ridiculous and thoroughly unfounded allegation that the Environmental Movement “absolutely did” contribute to that oil spill! Where this liar comes up with such nonsense is anybody’s guess! Both Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and Media Matters have been critical of Billo’s bogus reporting. calling it misleading and correctly castigating him for presenting distorted facts and erroneous statistics.
O’Reilly, as thin-skinned as he is, has had numerous longstanding feuds with other media figures who oppose him. Al Sharpton is his current target, as Al has publicly refuted Billo’s lies of late. Past victims of his rage have also included Keith Olbermann, fellow FOX dolt Sean Hannity, and even Jennifer Anniston. This sourpuss just can’t seem to get along with anyone!
Bill O’Reilly has the most-watched cable news program on television. I will never be able to understand why people would tend to watch such a lying, angry, ranting and raving old fart. His fabrications are legendary, and his smugness is very disturbing. This blogger hereby goes on record to tell him, in Billo’s own crude vernacular, “SHUT UP!”