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O'Reilly's petty slaps at competitors reveal own shortcomings

Reported by Chrish - December 2, 2008 -

In Bill O'Reilly's inappropriately named "Reality Check" segment last night 12/1/08, he took a slap at Rosie O'Donnell's variety show's "dismal" ratings (which were double his normal audience) as a prelude to bashing NBC and parent company GE in general. But as the childish saying goes, they're rubber, he's glue, and whatever he says bounces off them and sticks right back to FOX.

First O'Reilly claimed that his show regularly beats the "dismal" 5-million-viewer mark "on our double-runs," a claim not supported by the facts (for example, just over 3 million November 26) and an unfair comparison of two airings to one. Everyone knows by now that O'Donnell is not doing another variety show because the network was not happy with the ratings, but leave it to O'Reilly to bring himself into the story and promptly lie.

But he was just getting started. He segued into a criticism of NBC President Jeff Zucker and GE CEO Jeffery Immelt, saying Zucker has run the network "into the ground." But it doesn't matter because Immelt protects him, and he in turn has run GE into the ground, citing their stock closing price today ($15.50) as well under the near-$40 it was when Immelt took over 7 years ago.

Let's compare NBC and GE to FOX News and News Corp, shall we?

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They appear to be almost identical, with the notable exception that at most times, GE is slightly higher than News Corp. In fact, both were holding steady until about this time last year, when the Bush economy tanked:

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But at this time last year, O'Reilly was frantically propping up the Bush administration, saying talk of a recession was a "partisan ploy" aimed at getting Hillary Clinton elected. O'Reilly doesn't know what he's talking about, as usual, but that never stopped him. All talking points, all the time. Independent my arse.

If O'Reilly was consistent and serious (but why would he start now?) he would be calling out Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch for the company's similar stock slide. Even if he did, which he won't, Murdoch would keep him on, as O'Reilly is a despised and barely tolerated money-maker for Murdoch. I think that makes him Rupert's, er, well, you know.

Ho, ho, ho.

H/T reader Ira.