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O'Reilly continues to smear and vilify George Soros and MoveOn.org

Reported by Chrish - May 8, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly devoted his Talking Points Memo tonight 5/7/07 to continue his smear campaign against George Soros and MoveOn.org. Maybe O'Reilly can frighten Soros off the world stage the same way he ruined Rosie O'Donnell - ha! With video.

Using loaded language like "Billionaire George Soros is buying political influence in America" and "pouring tens of millions of dollars into far-left Internet sites and organizations designed to intimidate Democratic politicians and advance his radical left agenda." In an illuminating display of how his approval of an organization meshes with its adherence to his own viewpoint on any issue, he gave kudoes to the hated New York Times for an article entitled "Anti-war groups use new clout to influence Democrats on Iraq."

According to the article, a coalition of anti-war groups have a daily conference call with Congressional Democratic leadership staff members, and after that have conference calls with organizers across the country. While O'Reilly admits that Soros is not mentioned in the article, the "notorious" MoveOn is and he reminds viewers Soros has donated directly to MoveOn in the past. He doesn't cite any details, but says that MoveOn also receives money from other Soros-funded organizations. In O'Reilly's simple world, that's good enough to damn the whole coalition and make the accusation that Soros is calling the shots and has direct access to the most powerful Democrats in the nation.

O'Reilly cited John Edwards' and Bill Richardson's decisions to decline to particpate in the Nevada/FOX debate and said they did so to "curry favor" with Soros. (No, they did it to publicly acknowledge that FOX is not a legitimate, objective news organization.) O'Reilly asserted that they cannot survive in the presidential race without the help of Soros.

O'Reilly reverted to his trademark name-calling, saying if Mike Meyers hadn't invented "Doctor Evil" "some" might have given Soros - "one of the most feared men in the world" - the moniker.

O'Reilly listed business transactions Soros allegedly completed, going back to 1992, and alluded to grave damages caused by him, and said he is so powerful he can ruin most countries financially if he decided to sell their currency short. And now he's set his sights on the political structure in America. he has his character assassins lined up, and has direct access to our government. "This, ladies and gentlemen, is an urgent situation."

Boo!

Comment: Where was all the fear and doomsaying when heads of energy companies were meeting in secret with the Vice-frickin-president to create an energy policy that would give them record profits and we citizens record high gas prices? Where was the hard-hitting expose when the insurance company executives met with Bush after September 11th, to ask for legislation capping their losses in the event of another catastrophic loss (passing excess losses on to taxpayers)?

These conference calls are equivalent to industry lobbyists meeting with Congress, with the notable exception that these meetings represent a broad coalition of diverse groups representing American citizens with one common thread - opposition to the war in iraq. It's an organization of ordinary Americans pooling resources and organizing to be heard, and it challenges the tradionalist corporate hierarchy.

From the NYT article:

"Tom Andrews, a former Democratic congressman from Maine and the national director of Win Without War, a member of the coalition, said there existed a “healthy tension” between working closely with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom were former colleagues and friends, and continuing to prod them to end the war.

“Our constituency is the people across this country who want to shut this war down,” Mr. Andrews said. “It’s not the Democratic Party.”

Come on O'Reilly, you've got small children. Haven't you read Horton Hears a Who?