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Bill O'Reilly: NBC Pledge Omission Done By "Lefty" "Loon?"

Reported by Priscilla - June 21, 2011 -

In the pantheon of Fox News right wing zealots, Bill O'Reilly has become, to some degree, the éminence grise of Fox opinion. Gone are the days of screaming "cut his/her mik." He's adopted a more avuncular and humorous approach to topics that he deems important. One of these topics, that both he and Roger Ailes think is important is the NBC screw up with the Pledge of Allegiance which was an affront to right wingers for whom the American flag takes on a religious cult like significance. On yesterday's official "news" program, "America's Newsroom," right wing Media Research Center's Dan Gainor was given an unrebutted platform from which to blither about how this network mistake "proves" that the librul non Fox media is godless and unpatriotic. Later, during The Factor's segment with Bernie Goldberg, Papa Bear took on the topic. And while the discussion was a casual banter, the right wing talking points were obvious. For Bill, it was red meat as it allowed him to complain about the evil, librul NBC and to use his favorite word "loon" in conjunction with "lefty."

To O'Reilly's question of "what say you," Goldberg responded that "if anyone wanted to intentionally poke a stick at middle America this is precisely how you'd do it" (Message - NBC hates middle America and middle America should be offended.) He said that he didn't know if it was and honest mistake. Bill asked "how could it be" and joked about how it wouldn't cut into the Budweiser commercials if the omitted part was left in. (Message - it was intentional) Goldberg didn't know if it was an honest mistake or more likely a "lefty producer flexing his muscles." (Message "lefties" are obnoxious) Bill, who said that he doesn't "like to do speculation" and that he could be wrong, (Say What?!? - No, Never!) speculated that Comcast has made changes and gotten of "very bad people" (Message - Keith Olbermann is a very bad person) but they can't make wholesale changes. Then he worked in the predictable and vintage O'Reilly agitprop when he said that inside NBC there is so much of this "secular, left wing craziness." (Message - they hate Jesus and the flag). He didn't think the head of Comcast would have agreed to take the words out. Bill said that "it's one loon.' Goldberg said if it was intentional "he's gotta go."

Comment: So there you have it. Bill and Bernie casting reasonable doubt about the intentions of NBC in a story that seems to be resonating only in the godly and patriotic halls of Fox "News." For the rest of us it's "news you can't use." (Sorry Willy for using your phrase in conjunction with Fox.) But what we learned is that NBC is "secular" and "crazy." (If folks want religion with their news, shouldn't they just watch Fox or go to church or something...) We learned that the perpetrator of this, according to Fox, atrocity is probably an evil unpatriotic and ungodly "leftie." We also learned that it was a male but that could be because Bill and Bernie still consider production a male endeavor. Dan Gainor's call for firing of this person was reinforced. Maximum message in minimal time. Can't get any better than that!

Addendum: CNN's opinion guy Jack Cafferty expressed his outrage about this, too. However, he ascribed it to morons and didn't suggest, as did O'Reilly and Goldberg, that it was a deliberate affront to patriotic Americans. Cafferty also mentioned that "under God" wasn't in the original Pledge - something not noted on Fox.


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Comment: So there you have it. Bill and Bernie casting reasonable doubt about the intentions of NBC in a story that seems to be resonating only in the godly and patriotic halls of Fox "News." For the rest of us it's "news you can't use." (Sorry Willy for using your phrase in conjunction with Fox.) But what we learned is that NBC is "secular" and "crazy." (If folks want religion with their news, shouldn't they just watch Fox or go to church or something...) We learned that the perpetrator of this, according to Fox, atrocity is probably an evil unpatriotic and ungodly "leftie." We also learned that it was a male but that could be because Bill and Bernie still consider production a male endeavor. Dan Gainor's call for firing of this "guy" was reinforced. Maximum message in minimal time. Can't get any better than that!