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Bill O'Reilly: The Crown Prince of Soggy Satire Strikes Again!

Reported by Marie Therese - November 18, 2005

On last night's O'Reilly Factor, the Bloviating Billster carried his self-styled "satirical" attacks on San Francisco and the Democrats a lot farther. He aired a particularly unflattering still photo of House Minority Leader Rep. Pelosi, smirked and compared her to the wicked witch of the west. The spot fell flat. It came across as just another limp and smarmy attack on Pelosi and, by extension, the Democrats AND the House of Representatives. Obviously, Bill was reduced to airing it on his show - no self-respecting comedy program would have given him the time of day for this snide little piece of self-conscious invective.

And, now, for your edification, in all his glory, a News Hounds exclusive, that man-about-town, that bon-vivant of the blue-haired set, that master of the artful dodge, all the way from New York City, the one, the only, your favorite and mine [loud trumpet fanfare] Bill O'Reill - eeeeee!!!

O'REILLY: Far-left is still mad at me because I criticized San Francisco voters who approved an anti-military proposition which said the city should oppose military recruiting in schools. I said that was bad. Not helpful in a war on terror. Now, in the beginning of the controversy, the nutty left said I wanted terrorists to attack San Francisco. But now that position has changed or as they say in progressive circles it has [snidely] "evolved."

Now the far left admits I was jesting, but should be fired anyway for a tasteless dose of satire. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi appeared on Neil Cavuto's program yesterday and said this:

VIDEO CLIP of Rep. Pelosi, 11/16/05, Your World with Neil Cavuto: " What the city of San Francisco was talking about was honesty in recruitment in terms of what these young people are promised and what they are told in that recruiting and that there should be some daylight shed on that. But apart from that - doesn't even matter - the point is, is that people in our country have a right to their opinion without some person on TV who passes himself off as a serious journalist to talk about giving - saying to Al Qaeda: You can go after them and our government - it's open season on San Francisco. This is - this is no joke. This is deadly serious.

CAVUTO (overtalks last 4 words): "But would it be interpreted as open season on our military if they're not welcome in your very school systems?"

PELOSI: "It's not - it doesn't say they're not welcome. It just says that these young people should be told the truth about what the recruiting is." END CLIP.

O'REILLY (emphatically): Bull! Bull! That proposition is about opposing military recruiting. Miss Pelosi is outrageously spinning! The proposition clearly reads, quote: "Shall it be City policy to oppose military recruiting in public schools and consider funding scholarships for education and training that could provide an alternative to military service." Yes or no. "Yes" won big. Now. Did you notice how stern Nancy Pelosi looked?  I don't think she likes me. Let's put up on the screen her best O'Reilly expression."

STILL OF PELOSI APPEARS, WITH UNFLATTERING EXPRESSION

Wow!  Look at the woman's face.  I thought flying monkeys were gonna come attack me on the way home. Wait.  Wait.  I'm sorry.  That satire on the Wizard of Oz was totally uncalled for.   I really don't want flying monkeys to attack.  I should be fired for saying that but I can't fire myself.  I apologize to every flying monkey in the world. How ridiculous is this whole thing? San Francisco is an anti-military town. Thats' the fact, Jack - or Nancy, as the case may be. These far-left nuts are desperate and if they don't watch out, I'm sending flying moneys after them (pause, smiles) in a satirical way, of course. And that's the Memo.

Pelosi could have chosen her words better - and I suspect that, were I able to access her complete comments to Cavuto, she clarified her position later. However, there doesn't seem to be a transcript available on FOX News.

However, as a Californian, I was insulted by O'Reilly's snide comments about the Minority Leader of the House. It's one thing when a comedian like Jay Leno, David Letterman or Jeff Foxworthy pokes fun at a public figure. It's quite another when a person who describes himself as a journalist on the top-rated show on the "fair and balanced" cable channel engages in cheap shots during his prime time show. Should you wish to complain, here's Bill's contact information:

Bill O'Reilly: oreilly@foxnews.com

For anyone interested, here is the "legal text" of the proposition, listing the reasons San Franciscans by a margin of almost 2 to 1 voted in favor of disallowing recruiters into its public schools.

Whereas, over 1500 American soldiers have died and tens of thousands have been injured physically and psychologically in Iraq; and,

Whereas, a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Columbia University School of Nursing and Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad estimates that 100,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation; and,

Whereas, the U.S. government is forcing soldiers to serve in Iraq for longer than their contracts require with such devices as “stop-loss” orders; and,

Whereas, the “No Child Left Behind Act” forces all high schools that receive federal money to give personal records of all children to the military for the purposes of recruiting; and,

Whereas, the federal Solomon Amendment specifically orders colleges and universities that receive federal money to violate their own legal policies of non-discrimination against gays and lesbians by allowing recruiters for the military, which bars gays and lesbians from serving openly, on campus; and,

Whereas, a de facto “economic draft” forces tens of thousands of low and middleincome students to join the military in order to get money to go to college or get job or technical training; and,

Whereas, the Pentagon budget, over $400 billion per year, plus $300 billion more over the last three years for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, is draining desperately needed resources for schools, health care and jobs; and,

Whereas, the people of San Francisco voted by 63% to pass Proposition N in November of 2004 calling on the Federal government to “bring the troops safely home now;” and,

Whereas, the Federal government shows no sign of ending the occupation of Iraq or bringing the troops safely home and, in fact, is threatening military action against other nations; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the people of San Francisco oppose U.S. military recruiters using public school, college and university facilities to recruit young people into the armed forces. Furthermore, San Francisco should oppose the military’s “economic draft” by investigating means by which to fund and grant scholarships for college and job training to low-income students so they are not economically compelled to join the military. (From sfgov.org.

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