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Bill O’Reilly Says Jennifer Aniston Dissing America’s Dissed Daddies

Reported by Priscilla - August 13, 2010 -

During this week’s “Culture Warrior” segment, Bill O’Reilly went after Jennifer Aniston – and I don’t mean in the same creepy stalking kind of way that he goes after Miley Cyrus! Ms. Aniston, a woman who (unlike Bill O’Reilly) has real talent, committed the “mortal sin” of saying that "Women are realizing it more and more, knowing they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child." She made this comment as part of a promotion for her new movie, “Switch” which is a comedy involving artificial insemination. (In O’Reilly’s religion, a real “mortal sin.”) As with much of the Bill’s commentary, the comments that he made, during what was otherwise a fairly rational discussion, revealed his own world view. In this case it, once again, demonstrated that he really does have issues related to “traditional” patriarchy and the demise, as he once mourned, of the “white, male, power structure.” Bill O’Reilly thinks that America’s daddies are being are being marginalized which, for “America’s Daddy,” is the end of the world as we know it.

Bill admitted that Aniston’s comment was made in context with this movie. Gretchen Carlson said that Aniston was not “necessarily recommending” this for herself and that “Women can have their own kids and not have a husband or not have a partner.” O’Reilly agreed – so far, so good. He even praised single mothers “who do a great job raising their kids.” But that’s when Bill went off the track. After saying that single parenthood is not “optimum,” he went personal: "Ms. Aniston makes her mistake. That she's throwing a message out to 12-year- olds and 13-year-olds, OK, that, hey, you don't need a guy. You don't need a Dad. Dad, ah, you know. That's destructive to our society.” WTF??!!! Carlson noted how over a third of all American births are born to single mothers; but added that a financially stable 40 year old women is more able to care for a child. Bill responded with a page out of Patriarchy 101: “Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad. OK? And Dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, I believe, under emphasized. I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena.” After Margaret Hoover said that most single parent households are run by mothers, Bill condemned those men who leave their children. But then he lurched back into sexist central with this further “projection” of what he thinks Aniston is saying: “Let's make that perfectly clear. But the fathers who do try hard are underappreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston.” WTF??!!! To Hoover’s comment that Aniston is “glamorizing single parenthood,” Bill repeated this mantra that Anniston is “diminishing the role of the dad.”

Comment: The good Dr. Freud would have a field day with Bill O’Reilly. Obviously Bill has some serious issues about machismo and patriarchal authority which are perhaps related to, as noted by his biographer Marvin Kittman, a “history of physical abuse from his father” and, as documented by Kittman in “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up,” assaults by Catholic clergy in school. Bill also has a problem with women who exercise reproductive independence – as seen in his denunciation of women who had late term abortions with Tiller, “the baby killer” and his belief that abortions are never medically necessary. But this latest diatribe about how Aniston’s comment revealed her and society’s attitude towards fathers is interesting. If he sees himself as the ultimate “daddy” – he’s “looking out for us after all – being threatened, then we’re getting into some serious narcissism and paranoia. But I leave all that to O’Reilly’s therapist. As noted by Michael Yaki, Commissioner on Civil Rights and Government Affairs Consulted, Bill O’Reilly seems to be channeling Dan Quayle’s commentary about Murphy Brown, a TV sitcom in which in older, affluent woman chose to have a baby sans daddy. Yaki says: “The arrogance of O'Reilly and the wrecking crew at Fox doesn't seem to get the stupidity and insensitivity of this statement. As available as self-chosen single motherhood has been for decades, I don't see American society suffering as a result. This is the same reductionist argument used against same-sex marriage or anything that doesn't comport with some outdated Ozzie and Harriet notion of American life. It didn't fly in 1992, and it has even less traction in 2010.” He goes on to cite the hypocrisy of Fox and O’Reilly in that while they’re concerned about the American family, they serve as the “mouthpiece” for the party that seeks to cut back programs that benefit low and middle income American families. While single parenthood is very difficult, O’Reilly’s sexist comment was offensive to those women who are choose single parenthood and lesbians who don’t have a daddy in the house. Bill does have some issues with gays. Perhaps Bill should read the study which claims that kids with lesbian do better than those in straight households. It's also an insult to single women, like conservative Laura Ingraham, who adopt children.

Aniston’s response to O’Reilly is great: “Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth. And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who’ve not yet found their Bill O’Reilly, I’m just glad science has provided a few other options.”

In closing I would remind Bill of an old feminist quote: “A woman needs a man, like a fish needs a bicycle.”