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O'Reilly defends inappropriate massage of female peers - of course.

Reported by Chrish - July 20, 2006 -

Bill O'Reily's "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day" is a little snippet of news that O'Reilly wants to sweep aside and dismiss, hence the ridicule. His audience, whose average age is 71, don't have much time for foolishness and take his word that it is to be disregarded. The item posted July 20 seeks to dismiss Bush's inappropriate and unwelcome touching of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now why would a television celebrity want to dismiss an incident that might be seen as sexual harrassment?

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day, from FOXNews.com:

Although it means nothing in the real world, there is an Internet controversy over President Bush giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel a neck massage.

The Bush-haters say Merkel was offended by this. Offended, I should say. There it is. She doesn't look too happy, but you know, what are you going to do?

Supporters of Bush say the president is a regular guy who has a good rapport with the German leader.

I say I don't really care. It's ridiculous to even bring it up. I hate to spout the cliche, "get a life", so instead I'll say, get an issue that matters. OK?

Why so defensive? It doesn't take a "Bush-hater" to know she was offended and annoyed, but it might take a woman. When O'Reilly says "get an issue that matters" he sweeps away all the little office harrassments that women across the country can identify with. It IS an issue that matters, and to see Bush casually treating a world leader like his Girl Friday is outrageous. Of course it's no big deal to O'Reilly - shrugging off institutionalized sexism comes naturally to men of his ilk..