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Florida Man Caught Driving Under the Influence of Bill O'Reilly

Reported by Judy - August 24, 2006 -

At last, empirical evidence that listening to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly turns people into jerks. The evidence comes from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, whose "Countdown" show for Thursday (August 24, 2006) featured police video of a Florida man caught driving while under the influence of Bill O'Reilly.

In a segment titled, "Driving While O'Reillying," Olbermann showed the video of a police officer in Largo, Florida, stopping a man for speeding and for playing his stereo too loud.

The man didn't complain much about the speeding ticket, but he really objected to being cited for having the volume up so high on his car music system that it could be heard more than 25 feet away. He objected that the statute limiting stereos only applied to music, like rap and hip-hop, and not to Bill O'Reilly. Then he resorted to calling the officer names -- "donut-eater" and "a swine."

The officer somehow kept a straight face through the encounter. He told Olbermann that after all the man's complaining, he pleaded guilty to the stereo charge and is contesting the speeding ticket. Guess the perp was afraid some liberal judge would really throw the book at him if he tried the "O'Reilly isn't noise pollution" defense in court.

The incident is revealing about O'Reilly fans on a couple different levels (You can tell the guy is an O'Reilly fan because he was not yelling at his radio when the officer stopped him.)

For one, the man has an obvious sense of entitlement. He thinks he's entitled to do what he wants to do regardless of the consequences for anybody else. I thought conservatives didn't like entitlements.

Two, laws don't apply to him, only to other people. He doesn't have to obey the law if he doesn't want to. I thought conservatives were law-abiding.

Three, respect for law enforcement lasts only as long as police are arresting other people and not him. I mean, calling a cop "donut-eater" and "a swine" because he's writing you two citations -- including one you later admit to. I thought conservatives were big supporters of "first responders."

Four, not all O'Reilly fans are age 71. This guy sounded younger than that.

Five, we now have official support for the concept that Bill O'Reilly's show constitutes noise pollution -- at least in Florida.

Six, listening to all that hate spewing from the likes of Bill O'Reilly's mouth may dull people's creative abilities. Come on, guy. "Donut-eater"? That's so 70's. And "a swine"? Straight out of the 60s. Can't O'Reilly fans insult law enforcement with a little more post-9/11 style? Maybe if the officer had looked like a Democrat or a Muslim he could have come up with something better.

Still, the admitted O'Reilly noise-polluter put on a pretty good show, albeit unintentionally.