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O'Reilly's "Blob" thing

Reported by Chrish - January 6, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly mentioned "The Blob" again in his Most Ridiculous Item,

"The debris apparently dissolves before it hits you in the head. However, a big chunk of something landed near Riverton, Wyoming. We hope it wasn't the Blob. Because if it was the Blob, it would be ridiculous. "The Blob", Steve McQueen's first movie. Check it out."
. It's not the first time: he was lamenting the perceived slide from "good" horror movies of yore to "bad" ones today during his appearance on The View last fall. Here's one theory on his apparent obsession:

O'Reilly fancies himself to be a hero akin to McQueen's Steve Andrews (a man so manly he needed two men's names.)

O'Reilly repeatedly says that Americans (leftists, liberals, secularists, progressives....) "don't get it," particularly regarding the so-called war on terror, a problem he shares with Andrews:

Steve Andrews: How do you get people to protect themselves from something they don't believe in?

Well first one has to get their attention, as O'Reilly admitted on Oprah : "he's not calm because he's on television, lady, and he has to get people to watch - aha! - he's got to sell something here."

Steve Andrews: [trying to get everybody's attention] Listen, now listen to me everybody, this town is in danger, now several people have been killed already! Now we, we had to make this noise so you would listen to us, so we could warn you!

O'Reilly, convinced he and only he is right, takes every incident that can be spun to suit his conclusion, and reports it with much outrage as further evidence of his case.

Steve Andrews: Dave, make them listen to me. There IS a monster, we saw it again at dad's store, and it's bigger now!
Sgt. Jim Bert: Your story's gotten bigger now kid.
Steve Andrews: Dave, look at me! Do I look like somebody's playing a practical joke? Am I laughing? Or am I scared stiff?

Unfortunately O'Reilly is fighting the wrong Blob: McQueen gets it.

Lieutenant Dave: At least we've got it stopped.
Steve Andrews: Yeah, as long as the Arctic stays cold.