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O'Reilly Calls Kelly McGillis a Pinhead – For Coming Out as a Lesbian

Reported by Ellen - May 1, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

And now on Bill O'Reilly's Pinhead front . . . Top Gun star Kelly McGillis got O'Reilly's top billing for saying that “she's looking for a few good women – she's a lesbian.” O'Reilly, clearly in disbelief, quoted her as saying, “I'm done with the man thing.” With video.

“As they say, different strokes,” O'Reilly said, “but I still believe that people who put their private lives out there for consumption are Pinheads.”

Can we talk just a minute about what one must do to qualify as a Pinhead? I mean, can you (meaning O'Reilly) qualify as a Pinhead when you (meaning Fox News and O'Reilly) put OTHER peoples' private lives “out there for consumption?”

Pinhead? O'Reilly sent his producer, Jesse Watters, to follow Think Progress blogger Amanda Terkel while she was on vacation in Virginia because of her reports on the hypocrisy of O'Reilly's It Happened To Alexa Foundation speaking engagement (reported by Newshounds). As Terkel noted on Keith Olbermann's show, “Bill O'Reilly was trying to show that he cares about women who have been victims of crime. So to make that point, he sends two men to find my home address and to follow me on vacation? I mean, it was incredibly disturbing. The rest of the weekend, I was constantly looking over my shoulder, wondering how long they had been following me, if they're still following me.” Think this might qualify as outing someone's private life for public consumption . . .

Pinhead? O'Reilly kept the rumor mill going with admittedly unsubstantiated rumors about senatorial candidate Caroline Kennedy's alleged affair with NY Times publisher Arthur Salzberger. You can see a hilarious account of it by Stephen Colbert, here.

What else we got on O'Reilly . . . well, right, didn't call Mel Gibson a Pinhead for his anti-semitic remarks but he did qualify that by saying that media figures who have criticized Gibson's remarks are "smear merchants" who have "blood all over their mouth, these vampires.” Hmmm, McGillis makes news as a lesbian, Gibson makes news as a drunken anti-semite – who's the Pinhead? Big deal, McGillis gave an interview, she's gay, and it turned up in the news (by Fox, among others. Like McGillis, Gibson made a (very very very personal) statement: “I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. The arresting officer was just doing his job and I feel fortunate that I was apprehended before I caused injury to any other person. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse." Can we do a rewind or something, 'cause I must have missed the part where O'Reilly criticized Mel Gibson for putting his private life out there “for consumption” and called him a Pinhead.

So . . . McGillis did make the Pinhead lineup for putting her private life out there for public consumption as a lesbian; Republican and macho man Mel Gibson didn't make the Pinhead lineup for trotting out his new (female, by the way) hottie less than a month after his wife filed for divorce.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Fox News, here's the rule of thumb: Virile handsome heterosexual male faux-Christian anti-semitic homophobic unfaithful husbands are given tea and sympathy, while beautiful, talented lesbians are Pinheads.

And, by the way – don't be surprised if Mel Gibson makes the Patriots roster for scoring the hot young chick.

If you can't view the video below, here's a link.