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Vermont Fights Back - State Attorney General Appears on O'Reilly Factor to Rebut the Great Bloviator's Overheated Rhetoric

Reported by Marie Therese - January 19, 2006

Bill O'Reilly is really mad. Last night [1-18-06] during his Talking Points Memo and later in an interview, he stamped his media foot and smashed it down on the neck of the state of Vermont, expressing his dismay that the people of that state are so apathetic that they will not march in demonstrations and demand the removal of District Court Judge Edward Cashman. In fact, at one point he actually said "Vermont may not be part of America anymore."

Bill O'Reilly has declared that HE, the great and powerful Oz of FOX News Channel, has decided what is best for Vermont, just so he can claim another victory in his endless pursuit of attention and ratings.

Like most abusive personalities, Bill O'Reilly simply cannot tolerate being ignored or marginalized. The strain on his ego is too much and he easily flips over into petulance and name-calling, both of which behaviors were in full force last night. At one point, he accused his guest, Vermont Attorney General, Democrat William Sorrell, of seeming dispassionate and cold, because Sorrell - a typical New Englander - would not buy into O'Reilly's black-and-white analysis.

Here's an excerpt from the transcript:

SORRELL: They're sticking up for a rule of law here.

O'REILLY: Look, it's not about the rule of law.

SORRELL: Sure it is.

O'REILLY: No, it's not. It's about holding a judge accountable for what you say is an illegal sentence. That's what it's about.

SORRELL: And we've asked the judge to reconsider his sentence. And we hope that he will.

O'REILLY: Do you - look, with all due respect, do you know how passionless you're coming off here and how, well we've asked him and he might. And you got a little girl who was brutalized for four years.


O'REILLY: And the family looking at a guy who's going to get out March 4th..

SORRELL: I'm passionate about Vermont. I'm proud to be a Vermonter. I'm proud that we're the first state in the union to outlaw slavery. To suggest that I don't have passion about this case or about Vermont is just - I just fundamentally disagree with you.

O'REILLY: What do you disagree with me on?

SORRELL: I disagree that we should do - that people should take to the street to have us not follow, approve.

O'REILLY: You don't want to see people get out and protest this sentence with a sign?

SORRELL: No, I'm saying that we shouldn't be making decisions based on people outside the courthouse with signs. We should be following court procedures to respect the rights of all of those in our criminal justice system, judge, defendant and particularly victim.

O'REILLY: I'll tell you what. You have a legislature there. The legislature put the resignation vote into committee. They ducked it. Cowardly. You have a governor there who's hiding under his desk. Won't say anything.

SORRELL: The judge ...

O'REILLY: If you think that's leadership, if you think that's passion, and if you think the rest of the country is impressed by that, with all due respect, Mr. Sorrell, you're wrong. I'll give you the last word.

SORRELL: We've got a tremendous environmental ethic. We've got in Vermont - people all over the country come here. And we have the safest state in the country.

As you can see from the exchange above, Mr. Sorrell calmly made his case for patience and going through the proper legal channels, noting that the people of Vermont would handle this situation using the rule of law and their own good common sense, thank you very much. It was obvious that he felt that Vermonters did not need outsiders telling them what to do.

However, Bill O'Reilly - as he stated above - is not concerned about the "rule of law" unless it fits his self-aggrandizing agenda.

And we all know that he thinks of himself as the shepherd of his Factor flock, the great Daddi-O, who will pat them on their collective heads . Apparently, he now thinks he is also the caretaker of Vermont's citizens as well.

And, wise people that they are, Vermonters are telling O'Reilly - politely but definitely - to take his bilge and dump it elsewhere!

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