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O'Reilly: So Angry He Speaks the Forbidden Name!

Reported by Marie Therese - June 16, 2005

The Bloviating Billster went ballistic tonight at the thought that Minnesota resident Al Franken might run for the Senate. He was in full Outrage Mode - so much so that he actually said the verboten name of "Al Franken" instead of using the usual sobriquet "Stuart Smalley." He called Franken a "vile smear merchant" and "character assassin," implied that the New York Times is an anti-American panderer for liberal viewpoints and dumped on Air America Radio. On the other hand, he portayed himself as pure as driven snow, the White Knight of Journalism, rooting out nefarious villains with one fell swoop of his Sword of Truth. Here's the transcript or you can watch a video clip at Crooks and Liars.

BILL O'REILLY: What do the New York Times and the Mafia have in common? That is the subject of tonight's Talking Points Memo.The answer to that question is that both the New York Times and organized crime routinely engage assassins. In the case of the newspaper they are propping up character assassins. Today, in an unbelievable article, the New York Times actually reports that the vile smear merchant Al Franken is a legitimate contender for a U. S. Senate seat. Unless defamation counts, Franken has absolutely no qualifications to serve in any public office. He is simply a man who makes money hurting people. He is also a person who may be having emotional problems.

At a radio conference last Friday, Franken apparently melted down during a bizarre performance where he cried and embarrassed the organizers of the event, but you didn't see that reported in the New York Times or any other left-wing newspaper.

Now. The big picture. The editor of the Times, a man named Bill Keller, realizes his paper has lost power over the last few years. The rise of FOX News and other pro-American news agencies as well as the success of radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have made it far more difficult for the Times to put its left-wing agenda unchallenged.

So Keller has decided to help character assassins outside the paper attack those with whom it disagrees. Keller is also allowing the Times to promote Air America, the left-wing radio network. So far that paper has done an astounding 24 stories on Air America which loses millions of dollars and actually has to pay some of its own stations to put it on the air. The only reason the network even exists is because a few loony millionaires finance it. The national ratings are terrible.

In Washington D.C., for example, Air America's audience is too small to be counted. In L.A. pretty much the same thing. But the New York Times continues to promote that disaster while ignoring the success of Limbaugh, Hannity and others. Ladies and gentlemen, you need to know what's goin' on here.

Last night we told you we would not report any of the charges in the new Hillary Clinton book, because we didn't report on Kitty Kelley's smear book on the Bush family. I also told you I'm gonna pinpoint exactly who's behind the personal attacks and character assassinations that are rampant in this country.

The New York Times is outsourcing slander and libel and should be ashamed of itself. That article today is a piece of rank propaganda. Bill Keller and the Times pooh-bahs may think they can get away with this sleazy stuff but they can't, because now you know. And that's the Memo.

COMMENT

O'REILLY: "I'm gonna pinpoint exactly who's behind the personal attacks and character assassinations that are rampant in this country"

Better start by looking in the mirror, Bill!

As for Al Franken's so-called "melt down" at the New Media seminar, he cried when speaking of wounded Iraq soldiers that he'd met. You can read my report on this by clicking here.

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