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Bill O'Reilly & FOX News Being Sued for Plagiarizing Debate Idea

Reported by Marie Therese - January 20, 2006

I-Newswire.com reported yesterday [1-18-06] that marketing executive Jay Schorr of Florida has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against FOX News and Bill O'Reilly, claiming that they stole the idea for the "Great Factor Debate Contest" from him. Interestingly, there is now a NEW title for the contest: "Bloviate with Bill." Howver, the hard copy of the rules I printed out on Monday, January 16th, is clearly labeled "Great 'Factor' Debate Contest Rules."

Schorr, whose company created the jingle for Kmart’s successful Fall ‘05 advertising campaign, I Found Love At A Kmart Store sung by country star Darryl Worley, says he’s going to pursue every legal recourse available to him in prosecuting O’Reilly and Fox.

“Mr. O’Reilly holds himself out as a paragon of virtue and makes a big deal about his show’s ‘no spin zone’ in which guests are not allowed to spin any b.s. on matters at-hand,” said Schorr. “Apparently Mr. O’Reilly chose to leave the zone when he plagiarized my program and will continue to try to spin the facts as this case progresses.”

Schorr says he has no intention of settling out of court with O’Reilly as did a former Factor producer who sued O’Reilly in October 2004 for sexual harassment.

Schorr garnered national publicity for his Great American Talkoff program in 2004, appearing on numerous radio talk shows, as well as in print and online publications. - Newswire, 1-18-06

For those of our readers who might be wondering, yes, several of the News Hounds will be submitting entries to the contest. It will be interesting to see if any of us even make it to the semi-finals, assuming the contest isn't tied up in litigation for the next two years!

Here's how the judging will be handled:

All entries will be judged by members of the Fox News staff, who will cull the entries and make contact with a limited number of entries. Those contacted will be asked to submit a picture of themselves. After submission of a picture and a final determination of suitability (in Sponsor’s sole discretion), a number of entries will be determined the winners. Sponsor’s decisions in all matters relating to this Contest are final.

I suspect, if any News Hound makes it to the "send in a photo" stage, that person's image will end up, not on the air debating Mr. Bill, but taped to a FOX News dart board to be used as target practice!

SPECIAL NOTE: A big "thank you" to regular reader claudo for giving us the tip that led to this post.

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