“A Plus for the Folks”

Be amazed. Now that it’s all but dead, Fox News windbag Bill O’Reilly apparently supports a “public option”…

By the way, is there some unwritten mandate necessitating that every female spokesbot for the Heritage Foundation be a shrill, screeching harridan? Furthermore, shouldn’t there be some kind of “full disclosure” clause pertaining to the media whereby, for example, it’s revealed that Ms. Owcharenko was the former legislative director for Rep. Jim DeMint and Rep. Sue Myrick, before which she worked for Sen. Jesse Helms?

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6 responses to ““A Plus for the Folks”

  1. CK

    Wow, Who knew? I wonder if Bill O’Reilly will now get fired from Fox News now that he’s joined the dark side?

  2. Ian

    Actually, this doesn’t completely surprise me. He’s often been more to the centre than the real far right noise machine led by Rush/Beck/Savage et al. I expect in part he is testing out these waters because there is no way he can out insane Beck (who’s challenging his ratings supremacy) and Hannity. That said, I think he has lots of wiggle room here to move back away from this implied support of a govt option…and if the teabaggers ignite with too much vitriol about it, that’s exactly what he’ll do.

  3. Ti-Guy

    By the way, is there some unwritten mandate necessitating that every female spokesbot for the Heritage Foundation be a shrill, screeching harridan?

    I prefer the British fashion when women are required to use their voices in order to be heard. Their voices become deeper, fuller, more sonorous.

    That’s a problem with Americans generally. They don’t use their diaphragms when they speak. Everything’s up in the head and very nasal. People in broadcasting used to take voice lessons to correct that, but that’s doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

  4. Interesting. I’d never really considered it that way before.

    Speaking of annoying voices, have you ever listened to Diane Rehm? I know the poor woman suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, but I just cannot endure her for more than about 10 minutes at a time.

  5. Ti-Guy

    Speaking of annoying voices, have you ever listened to Diane Rehm?

    Never heard of her before now. It’s a little different when there’s an underlying physical limitation. But yeah, I couldn’t listen to that voice for very long.

    I don’t know what the issue is, really. I think the general din of modern life causes people to resort to being shrill and strident if they want to be heard (I also suspect a lot of people have damaged hearing). I have really strong baritone voice, but I can never be heard in a noisy restaurant or club.

    By the way, that’s one of the reasons I chose Thatcher as my avatar. Despite her detestable politics, she used that voice hers (which I don’t believe is naturally that sonorous) to command attention and never resorted to being shrill and shrieky.

  6. Rehm is a fixture on NPR which perhaps speaks volumes (no pun intended) to the difference between public radio and commercially-driven right-wing hate radio that features bloviating, lying windbags like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and so on…

    Case in point:

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