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Big Bad Bully Bill O'Reilly on Bullying

Reported by Melanie - March 12, 2005

I filled in for Marie Therese (who will be back next week) last night and watched The Factor. It was Friday night and O'Reilly's fire and brimstone seemed a bit dimmed though the topics were typical O'Reilly. He bashed the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times in his "Talking Points Memo," he seemed to defend a Marine charged with killing two Iraqi citizens last April, he hosted a discussion about UFOs, and he talked yet again about that threat to our national security, Ward Churchill.

O'Reilly invariably rolled his eyes, looked skyward, jabbed his index finger at the screen, and scowled and cringed.

As the show drew to an end, I didn't think I'd have anything to post until O'Reilly read the mail. One person wrote about a segment in an earlier show featuring a Michigan mother whose child had been "cyber bullied" by her school mates. Apparently O'Reilly urged the mother to sue the school for not protecting the child. The email sarcastically said that the segment was as "useful as anything on Regis & Kelly." Behaving like the bully he is, O'Reilly turned to the screen, curled his upper lip, raised his arm, pointed his index finger, jabbed at the camera, and said, condescendingly, "Protecting the kids is the obligation of every American adult, Mr. Madden. Even you, sir."

COMMENT: It was the most perfect example of hypocrisy I'd seen in a long time.

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