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TV O'Reilly in denial of radio O'Reilly

Reported by Chrish - May 26, 2007 -

Walter Mondale once said that you've got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it's called mudslinging. Hmm, remind you of anyone? Media Matters was at it again, quoting O'Reilly and cementing his reputation as a first-class hypocrite.

On May 18th on The Radio Factor, O'Reilly said

"Now, the far right, the hard right, somehow believes that, in the United States of America, the federal government at some point is gonna form federal squads to go in and grab people where they live or where they work and throw them out of the country. These are the talk show nuts who are telling you that they're gonna nuke Tehran."

MM has pointed out two instances where O'Reilly, radio talk show nut, has done precisely that:

December 5, 2006: "we may have to" "level cities like Tehran, kill hundreds of thousands of people," which, he explained, the United States has "already done in Germany and Japan." O'Reilly then offered a hypothetical scenario that, he argued, would result in such an attack: "If Iran takes over Iraq and then fosters a revolution inside Saudi Arabia ... and gets control of all the oil and says we're not selling to the USA, we are going to level that country, because you ... need gasoline to live."

January 10, 2006: "[I]t's a matter of time before the United States of America and Great Britain will have to bomb the country of Iran. Get set. Get set. 'Cause they're not gonna leave it to Israel to do it this time, because you can't allow that country to get nuclear weapons."

O'Reilly is much more extremist on the radio, where he appeals to the veins-in-the-teeth crowd. On television he wears a fabulous suit and demonstrates his hand-school skills with his perfect manicure for the more refined but no less angry audience. His attempt to disassociate his TV persona from his radio persona in this manner is another example of his audience manipulation.