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O'Reilly "the Decider" on whose dissent is legitimate and whose isn't

Reported by Chrish - October 3, 2007 -

Last night 10/02/07 in his Talking Points Memo, O'Reilly went after actor Sean Penn but sorta left the Boss alone, knowing better than to mess with Springsteen.

O'Reilly was commenting on comments made by the two stars and judged that Springsteen's opening remarks before he played a song from his new album "Magic,"

"In the past six years, we've had to add to the American picture rendition, illegal wiretapping, voter suppression, no Habeas Corpus to the neglect of our great city of New Orleans and the people, an attack on the Constitution, and a loss of our best men and women in a tragic war. So this is a song about things that shouldn't happen here happening here."
were "legitimate" dissent, although he wanted clarification - "Violations of Habeas Corpus, Bruce? When and where? Attack on the Constitution? How so?"

Sean Penn didn't fare so well on the Bill-O-pproval-meter for his exchange with David Letterman, about Hugo Chavez:

"I found him very fascinating guy, very - you know, he's done the moment(sic) incredible things for the 80 percent of the people that are very poor there. But a fascinating character, somebody I'm writing about and..."

(Letterman) "Yes. Is he talking about nationalizing the media? That always makes me a little concerned when somebody's talking about doing that."

Penn: "Well, you know, one of the things that's been said about him is that he shut down a television station. What happen is that for — since 1998, they had been encouraging the assassination of Chavez every day on that channel, something that they would have gone to prison for here. And so, he just didn't re-up that license."

O'Reilly "corrects" that:

"Well, that's absolutely false. That's not true, Sean. Chavez shut down the RCTV network. It is the GlobalVision network that old Hugo thinks is trying to kill him. That's still operating. So once again, Sean Penn doesn't know what he's talking about. How shocking."

From numerous published reports, both stations were anti-Chavez and he did indeed decline to renew RCTV's broadcast license. So Penn was not wrong and O'Reilly doesn't know what he's talking about. How shocking.

Regardless of the Venezuelan television facts, who the hell is Bill O'Reilly to go on the air and declare anyone's dissent "illegitimate"? O'Reilly said " Dissent is only valid when based on sincere beliefs with factual back up." And we all know O'Reilly is, in his own mind and to his followers, the sole source for the truth and all the facts.