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FOX News Guest Wishes Sean Penn Could Be Tried For Treason

Reported by Ellen - January 28, 2009 -

Another night on FOX News, another attack on Americans masquerading as patriotism. On last night's (1/27/09) O'Reilly Factor, guest Andrea Peyser complained that since we're not actually at war with Venezuela, Sean Penn can't be charged with treason for “breaking bread” with Hugo Chavez. Bill O'Reilly, who earlier in show had instructed viewers to “just walk away” from anyone who does not respect opposing points of view, didn't bat an eyelash. With video.

In his Talking Points Memo that night, O'Reilly said, “If you come across someone who does not respect opposing points of view, just walk away. Those people can never be trusted.” Of course, he was instructing Republicans to walk away from Democrats not showing the requisite respect.

Later in the show, the “Unresolved Problem” segment was about “confronting or ignoring celebrities who talk politics.” Funny how all the celebs discussed just happened to be liberal.

O'Reilly said he had gotten a lot of mail about celebrities “belittl(ing) public discourse.” He called that “an interesting debate.”

So who was the “fair and balanced” guest to discuss this issue? Andrea Peyser, author of “Celebutards: The Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals and Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America.” The title gives a pretty good clue as to the kind of “elevated discourse” Peyser would offer. So does this quote from one of her NY Post (a sister media outlet to FOX News) columns: (via Media Matters)

Madonna, the sluttish, egomaniacal mother-of-the-century has topped even her most revolting self. She... has her heart set on raping Malawi. ... Madonna should nail herself on her crucifix -- for real, this time. ... Stop this monster!

“The common thread is hating America,” Peyser, the would-be Madonna crucifier complained to O'Reilly. By the way, last I checked Madonna was an American citizen in good standing.

The other America-haters under consideration included Bruce Springsteen (not paying a price, O'Reilly lamented), Rosie O'Donnell (unlike the Boss, paying the price for being outspoken), and Bill Maher. Peyser made the dubious claim that “the last thing” Maher said was that “it was OK for Michael Jackson to molest children.” My quick research showed that Maher never said such a thing but had defended Jackson because Maher thought Jackson had become a scapegoat.

Finally, O'Relly asked, “Should I – I need your advice – ignore these people or should I confront these people?”

Peyser replied, “Well, you know, I used to wonder if Sean Penn could be tried as a traitor. I mean, he is breaking bread with enemies of the United States and doing it very publicly. It turns out, if we're not at war with Venezuela, for example, when he's hanging out with Hugo Chavez, he can't be tried as a traitor. So I think we should ignore him.”

There was Peyser, blatantly disrespectful of opposing views, yet O'Reilly never acted as though she was untrustworthy and he certainly never walked away.