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O'Reilly jabs left, jabs right - for once

Reported by Chrish - June 8, 2007 -

O'Reilly took a shot at another nemesis, Michael Savage, in his Talking Points Memo last night 6/7/07, but not until he took a few shots at his favorite punching bag, the "far left."
With video.

O'Reilly first quoted TIME reporter Joe Klein, who wrote ("about the radical Internet assassins who are giving legitimate bloggers a bad name"):

"The smart stuff is being drowned out by a fierce, bullying, often witless tone of intolerance that has overtaken the left-wing sector of the blogosphere. Anyone who doesn't move in lockstep with the most extreme voices is savaged and ridiculed."

He could have been talking about FOX News: substitute "right-wing cable news" for "left-wing sector of the blogosphere" and you've got a TV Guide synopsis of the O'Reilly Factor.

Convenient to my point, O'Reilly's next comments are an example of his smear tactics:

" Extremists like MoveOn are actually blackmailing the Democratic presidential candidates, threatening to damage their reputations, and withhold fund-raising if they don't toe the MoveOn line."

He finally got to his alleged point, (the column was titled "Bad behavior on the far-right"), that

"Notorious smear merchant Michael Savage put some pictures of dead American soldiers on his Web site, suggesting that they might be the men kidnapped in Iraq a few weeks ago....(after the army asked that he take them down) ...the appropriately named Savage kept the pictures up for more than 24 hours on his Web site."

That's all O'Reilly could come up with for bad behavior on the far right, a decision to post distasteful pictures from the war he supported and a short delay in retracting them.

O'Reilly projected some more, insinuating that the "haters" on the left are getting rich from their vitriol, and they are hurting the country, but asserts that karma will get them in the end. That, he said "is the down side of freedom of speech."