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Has Bill O'Reilly given up on the "liberal media" blarney?

Reported by Chrish - March 15, 2005

On Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points segment 3/14/05, the usual vilification of all things liberal was replaced with the new buzzword viewers will love to hate, progressives. In the graphics and his reading, "progressives" were named 7 times as responsibe for "undermining the war on terror, part 97", including 2 digs at "the progressive press".

Bill was complaining that a federal judge has blocked the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to their countries of origin because the "left-wing" Center for Constitutional Rights has sued, fearing the prisoners may be tortured upon their return. (See Ellen's post about another Fox personality's take on rendition.) He said, Wait, I thought they are being tortured....that's what the "progressive press" has been telling us. (No Bill, that's what the truthful press has been reporting.) Later he said that the progressives probably want to give them (detainees) condos on Miami Beach. "No country could fight a terror war the way the far-left envisions", says the militarily inexperienced pundit.

The self-proclaimed "no-spin" meister then cited the recent Project for Excellence in Journalism's State of the News Media Annual Report on American Journalism , and misinterpreted the analysis to present the rest of the media as left-leaning and Fox as the most "fair", by insinuating that because Fox had the largest percentage of positive coverage on the Iraq war (38%, as opposed the CNN's 20% and MSNBC's 18%) (the balance being neutral, negative, or unclassifiable) they (Fox) were the most fair and balanced. (cheerleading=fair)
He makes reference to "the latest tactic...using entertainment programs to smear us - nice." (I guess he watched Boston Legal last night. )

So where's the "progressive" hour on Fox, with Al Franken or another outspoken savvy liberal? Nice.

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