The View: Bill O’Reilly

A “bold fresh piece of humanity” — or something.

Here’s a mildly interesting look at a self-described “culture icon” talking to America’s favourite coffee klatch about the hatefulness of “far left blogs” and whether “white people with blue eyes” are responsible for the recession, amongst other such matters of great national importance.

This part is (relatively speaking) the one worth watching. Funny to see O’Reilly dismiss fellow Fox News phenom and paranoid schizophrenic Glen Beck as merely “entertaining” — Ouch! Also nice to see the latent reasonableness of Bill-O emerge when soughing off some of the more frivolous criticisms of Obama (e.g., the self-deprecating joke about his evidently still-hapless bowling ability that badly misfired on the Tonight Show not being deserving of all the overblown consternation devoted to it), and scoffing at the inane, chin-irrigating* pointlessness of social media fads like Twitter.

Needless to say, O’Reilly’s economic prescriptions are totally ridiculous and not even worthy of comment. Does anyone in their right mind think that a complete spending freeze, coupled with cutbacks to “entitlement programs” or “anything” would have significant benefit to the economy at this point in time?

*Hat-tip to convicted felon Lord Conrad Black for that delightful expression.

The Streets of San Francisco

One of the more unfortunate side-effects of the backlash against Prop. 8 is that it’s given Bill O’Reilly the chance to gin up his contrived “culture war” between a mythic “traditional America” and the dark forces of “secular progressivism.”

According to Bill O, this amorphous group of “secular progressives” has been “emboldened” by Obama’s recent election victory… Thus, it follows in Bill’s delusional wingnut mind that the “far-left” will now exert their scarily powerful influence on President-elect Obama to embrace their “radical” liberal values with the potentially horrifying result being a nation modeled after… San Francisco!!!

The “journalist” in the piece who concocted this highly skewed profile of the city mainly featuring interviews with people that are either homeless, addicted to drugs, prostitutes, crazy, or some combination thereof, is O’Reilly producer Jesse Watters — a man better known for shamelessly “ambushing” media personalities that Bill is feuding with (e.g., Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers, etc.)

Of course, Bill’s hostility towards SF is nothing new. Back in 2005, when the city voted to oppose military recruitment in public schools and to ban handgun ownership he had this to say: “You know, if I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium and I say, ‘Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.’”

O’Reilly: Obama Interview (Part 2)

As promised, the rest of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama is sputtering out in tasty dribs and drabs on his show. In this latest installment, behold the pan-galactic mendacity and ignorant comedy stylings of Bill O when talking about the economy and wonder in amazement at how Barack Obama didn’t just reach over and throttle him to death…

After rebutting his attempt to play “Gotcha!” with stats, this is what O’Reilly had to say: “I know, I know it’s bull…” Indeed. Especialy when skewed through the Bizarro prism of the Factor’s infamous “No Spin Zone”:

Moving on. Bill O countered the assertion that the majority of corporate profits and benefits of increased productivity during the Bush years went to the top one tenth of one percent with this gem:

“Let me submit to you that you’re wrong… we’ve been studying this issue, because we want to be fair and balanced and give all sides… the reasons that wages have been depressed and they’re not that much… it’s about four or five hundred dollars, ah, for the Bush administration… real wages up and about two thousand under the Clinton administration, because there are ten million immigrants… new immigrants in the workforce, most of whom are illegal aliens. Those ten million, with their salaries have… brought down… but again, that’s statistics…”

Now, I may be hopelessly biased, but I ask you to imagine your favourite politician [insert name here] handling this interview. Do you seriously think it would have been anything but a completely horrific trainwreck?

Factor Fiction

Methinks thou doth know much of this sordid business, Bill.

O’Reilly is really one of the last people who should be getting on his high horse about the John Edwards affair. Talk about a stunning lack of self-awareness.