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Bill O'Reilly Jokes, But Bette Middler Can't?

Reported by Janie - September 22, 2005

Yesterday (9/21) on Dayside Juliet Huddy proved, once again, what a shill for the Republicans she really is... or maybe she just proved that she has zero journalistic credibility.

During the hour, Huddy and co-host Mike Jerrick spent a few minutes discussing the benefit that was held Tuesday night in New York City for the Hurricane Katrina victims. They decided to go after Bette Midler for comments she made during the benefit, ridiculing George Bush: "I would never actually pick on George Bush, you know he's a big fan of mine. He came to see me in the 70's, he came to a show of mine in the 70's. A coke dealer of his got him some tickets..."

After they showed the clip, Huddy stated: "This is not the time, in my opinion, this is a benefit performance, you're not supposed to politicize this kind of thing. There are probably a lot of people out there, I would assume who are supporters of President Bush who are watching that and thinking ok, now I associate negativity with this benefit performance, so I'm not going to make a phone call. Why do that?"

Comment: First of all, Bette Middler is a comedienne. This is precisely what she is known for, telling jokes. And yes, it was nothing more than a joke. Fox should know all about that after the flap with Bill O'Reilly claiming his comment
("I just wish Katrina had only hit the United Nations building. Nothing else. And flooded them out. And I wouldn't have rescued them.") was nothing more than a joke.

Second, Huddy just doesn't know what she's talking about in the least. Does she ever do anything other than read the talking points given to her? She stated that viewers would say to themselves: "...now I associate negativity with this benefit performance, so I'm not going to make a phone call." That might be a good point to make, if they were actually taking calls
during the benefit! The benefit in question was actually a pay-per-view event, and the only donations they took were the proceeds that came from the viewers ordering it.

After a few minutes Jerrick actually stated that it was a pay-per-view event and that's where the proceeds came from, however it was not a correction, but rather a statement made in passing. The audience was left with the impression that these comments could have effected the donations that were coming in. Even if the correction was made clear, what would the point of the segment have been then?

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