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O’Reilly Snaps on Maher’s “Stupid Country” Comment . . . But Wait, What’s That Dennis Miller Said?

Reported by Ellen - July 31, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Julie

On Thursday night’s O’Reilly Factor/Talking Points Memo (7/30/09), Bill O’Reilly blazed out of the gate with this thunderous query: “Why is the far left saying America’s a dumb country?” With video.

“Leave it to Bill Maher,” O’Reilly pompously declared, “Perhaps the most blunt left-wing guy in the United States, to say what many far-left people really think, while talking about Sarah Palin.”

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer (you can see the Blitzer-Maher interview exchange here), when asked whether Sarah Palin has a future nationally as a presidential candidate, Maher had this to say. O’Reilly, roll the clip.

Maher: “I don’t know about a presidential candidate, but I would never put anything past this stupid country. . . .”

Blitzer: “. . . People are already complaining that you’re calling the United States a stupid country, I’m giving you a chance to clarify.”

Maher: “I don’t need to clarify. It is.”

O’Reilly devoted oodles of time to this topic Thursday, bringing in Naomi Wolf and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and I’ll tell you, I am absolutely shocked – shocked, I tell you -- at the far left. Can you believe the nerve of those left-wing loons who would actually say that people in this country are easily fooled? Easily bamboozled? That we have the rug easily pulled out from under us? That we’re, you know, not too sharp?

Now, Bill, you’re sure it’s just the left-wing loons, right? I’m giving you a chance to clarify.

I’m just asking, ‘cause the night before on the Factor I watched the Miller Time segment, with Dennis Miller (the second video below). You and Miller were hashing out President Obama’s Gates-gate, remember, and Miller said maybe Obama wasn’t what he appeared, or something to that effect, and you said, “How did he fool everybody for a year, more than a year?”

And here’s what Miller replied:

“You don’t think America’s foolable at this point? For God’s sakes, Bill, he looked us in the eye during the Reverend Wright snafu . . . he looked America in the face during the thing and said, ‘I was there 20 years, I never heard this’, and everybody said, ‘all right.’ I think it’s easy to fool us, in a way.”

Do you even listen to your own segments, or is it only the sound of your own voice you hear?

And okay, we can haul out the Webster’s and haggle all day long about whether “stupid” is the same as “foolable,” and you can tell me until the cows come home that Miller wasn’t saying America was stupid, just “easy to fool.” And sure, what Maher said was a tad stronger than what Miller said – but you have to admit they’re two sides of the same coin.

I didn’t hear you dispute Miller last night, O’Reilly, while he was disparaging the intelligence of the American people – well, the American people who supported liberal Barack Obama, anyway. I did, however, hear you fall all over yourself taking swipes at Maher for doing the same thing – about people who support conservative right-wing Christian Conservative darling Sarah Palin. So, that age-old question: If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound . . . if an insult is launched against a liberal on the Factor and there’s no one there to dispute it, is it even an insult?

If, like me, you can't view the Talking Points Memo video below, here is a link to it.