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O'Reilly "lashing out at the print press"

Reported by Chrish - June 26, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo last night 6/26/07 was more of the same, patting himself on the back for being a left-wing media watchdog (apparently the right can do no wrong) and labeling people with whom he disagrees. He framed the article so that the rest of the press is left-wing and he/FOX are fair and balanced, when everyone - well, almost everyone - knows that FOX is right-wing and the rest of the media is fair and balanced.

He said his primary point is that

"Most Americans are traditional people. And millions are conservative. Those two groups heavily outnumber the liberal secular progressive crew. But most newspapers are overwhelmingly liberal and have alienated many Americans by bleeding their liberal editorial viewpoints into their news pages. That's why so many newspapers are in dire economic trouble. A major part of their readership is gone."

Wrong, wrong, and wrong. An exhaustive analysis (that O'Reilly and his ilk will surely dismiss without consideration because of Media Matters' involvement) concludes that the "conservative majority" is a crumbling myth, and that Americans identify much more readily with Progressive Values:


On Health Care: 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage; 76 percent find access to health care more important than maintaining the Bush tax cuts; three in five would be willing to have their own taxes increased to achieve universal coverage.

On Energy Policy: 52 percent of Americans believe "the best way for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on foreign oil" is to "have the government invest in alternative energy sources"; 64 percent are willing to pay a higher energy tax to pay for renewable energy research; 68 percent of the public thinks U.S. energy policy is better solved by conservation than production.

On the Economy: 77 percent of Americans believe Congress should increase the minimum wage; 66 percent believe "upper-income people" pay too little in taxes; 53 percent feel the Bush administration's tax cuts have failed because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.

On Government's Role: 69 percent of Americans believe the government "should care for those who can't care for themselves." Twice as many people (43 percent to 20 percent) want "government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending" as want government to provide fewer services "in order to reduce spending."

On Immigration: 62 percent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants should be given a chance to "keep their jobs and eventually apply for legal status." 49 percent believe the best way to reduce illegal immigration from Mexico is to penalize employers, not more border control."

He acknowledged that another reason for declining newspaper sales is the Internet, but attributes readers' turning to the web to cheapness rather than range and depth.

O'Reilly ranted a bit about the supposed failings of journalists but practically everything he said was projection:

"News people are supposed to respect opposing points of view. In America today, that's obviously not the case. — As many in the media see their role not to inform or enlighten you, but to promote various ideological clauses of their own."

He vowed to keep "attacking" journalists he finds "dishonest" and "corrupt" and bemoaned that the"brilliant" conservative writers out there aren't found in the newspapers.

It's not enough for him to alienate his "enemies," now he's gone and offended the likes of George WIll, Thomas Friedman, William Safire, William F. Buckley, Jonah Goldberg, gal pal Michelle Malkin, and the slew of other conservative writers who have syndicated columns. Interestingly, O'Reilly appears on that list of conservative columnists although he still pretends to be independent.

He's so far right everything looks left to him.