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O'Reilly's "inside story" on Spitzer mere speculation

Reported by Chrish - March 10, 2008 -

Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo tonight 3/10/08 was devoted to the Eliot Spitzer story and his alleged ties to a high-priced prostitution ring. O'Reilly cautioned viewers to not celebrate the downfall of an elected official and wondered that it's happened again, as any public figure knows by now that there is no longer any privacy and bad behavior will come out. O'Reilly declared Spitzer's career over and said he might even be convicted of a crime.

The follow-up segment featured Ellis Henican of Newsday and Steve Malanga of the Manhattan Institute. The three were in agreement on the Governor's attitude (arrogant) and reputation (reformer). O'Reilly said he didn't know him - he was "uncooperative with the program" and The Factor didn't pursue him, but O'Reilly analyzed him anyway, as either arrogant or self-destructive (his preference).

Henican agreed that Spitzer handed the club to his enemies, and it comes from hubris. Malanga agreed that even Spitzer's friends would call him arrogant. O'Reilly got strident and whiny, even though they were all pretty much in agreement that Spitzer thought he could get away with it, insisting that Spitzer at some level wanted to get caught. (The two are not mutually exclusive.)

O'Reilly brought up Clinton and Lewinsky and Henican said Spitzer and Clinton were two of a kind, and they in turn have something in common with "all your crazy right wing ministers doing the same thing!" O'Reilly finally agreed that they too "want to blow themselves up." Malanga said if not for the wiretap this story would never have surfaced - there was no hint of it circulating in New York. O'Reilly said the call girl could have broken the story, and the only profession less honorable than hookers? The press.

How this wound up bashing the press is beyond me. No spin? Puh-leeze.

There was no inside story, just a few details from the print press and opinions of Spitzer's reputation past and present and O'Reilly's pop psychology. Next up, body language expert.