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O'Reilly Factor Whine-Fest: They Slimed Me! They Slimed Me!

Reported by Marie Therese - October 5, 2005

Last night in a segment called "Smear Websites" Bill O'Reilly let loose against blogs that "throw dirt all over the place." However, it was only liberal blogs that got bashed by Bill and his guests, David Kline, co- author with Dan Burstein of Blog: How the Newest Media Revolution Is Challenging Politics, Business and Culture and Jed Babbin, contributing editor of The American Spectator. O'Reilly introduced Babbin as a man "who was slimed recently by the vile Media Matters outfit" O'Reilly went on to say "I think they're the worst although Smoking Gun [which published the unexpurgated copy of Andrea Mackris' lawsuit against O'Reilly] is awful, but Media Matters - this is a George Soros-funded thing. They've got a lot of money. They have no ethics or scruples ..."

Later in the segment, he said the following.

O'REILLY: Before we get to you, Mr. Kline, I'll tell you a funny story. I had Phil Donahue on the air a couple of weeks ago. I had a shoot out with him. And I come in the next day, and I get a big stack of e-mail, of course.

And you could tell the ones that were generated by the crazy left wing Web sites, because the wording was all the same. Here's the wording: 'We really like you, Bill, and are big fans of 'The Factor,' but your treatment of Phil Donahue was' — every one was worded the same. And even the misspellings were the same.

Now I don't know what crazy Web site it came from, but it did come from one."

News Hounds published the very first transcript of this "explosive" interview in which Phil Donahue cleaned O'Reilly's clock! Crooks and Liars had the video up at the same time.

We News Hounds know that our readers are far too independent and intelligent to use the exact same wording in their e-mails.

But it was gratifying to find our News Hound transcript published widely across the web, 24 hours before FOX News posted their own, far less colorful version of the interview.

You can watch the video of last night's whine-fest at Crooks and Liars.

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