Yesterday, in his nightly lesson (Tip of the Day) for his audience who are obviously too stupid to take charge of their own lives, Bill O'Reilly cautioned his viewers about believing what they see on the internet because "there are no standards in cyberspace" where "anything goes." He then used this premise to launch into a personal attack against a Talking Points Memo (TPM) website writer. After accusing Josh Michal Marshall's website of stealing their name from his "Talking Points Memo," O'Reilly launched into a personal attack on one of their writers for stating that O'Reilly "once got into an on-air screaming match with Geraldo Rivera over whether to blame drunk driving deaths on illegal immigration..." In this case, the writer was telling the truth. Bill, not so much.
After Bill read Benjy Sarlin's description of O'Reilly having been involved in a "screaming match" with Rivera, Bill said "it was a complete lie." Bill claimed that "everybody" has seen that "chat" he had which was "about illegal-alien crime violent crime. That’s what it was about.” He again accused the writer, Benjy Sarlin, of lying and said that TPM has refused to "correct the record" because "they answer to nobody." He again urged his viewers to be "skeptical of the net especially when articles are written by a guy named Benjy. The dog is okay."
The discussion that O'Reilly is referring to took place in April 2007. O'Reilly and Rivera talked about a fatal accident, in Virginia, that was caused by an undocumented immigrant. O'Reilly trashed the mayor of Virginia City because, he claimed, she had a "sanctuary city" and as such wasn't reporting the presence of those who were undocumented to federal agents. Rivera took issue with Bill's arguments. The rest is history. Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post described it as a "shoutfest" and a "battle of cable goliaths, Geraldo Rivera vs. Bill O'Reilly, a trash-talking, vein-popping, finger-thrusting shoutfest complete with cries of "Cool your jets!" and "That's bull!"
As you can see from the 2007 video, around 2:20 Bill starts yelling "it makes plenty of difference." When Rivera tried to say something, Bill screamed "he doesn't have a right to be in this country." The discussion went down hill from there as Bill got louder.
Ahem, I think that we need to be skeptical of Fox News especially when Bill O'Reilly accuses somebody of lying because there are no standards on "The Factor" where anything goes. Memo to Bill: you totally got into a screaming match with Geraldo Rivera. It was hardly a "chat." It's right there on that nasty internet! It's not TPM that should be correcting the record because they didn't lie. You did!
My Tip of the Day: Never mind the internet - You "should be cautious" about stuff you see on The Factor because Bill doesn't seem to answer to the truth.
And another memo to Bill: The name of the website, Talking Points Memo, "is a reference to the memo (short list) with the issues (points) discussed by one's side in a debate or used to support a position taken on an issue." It has nothing to do with you so don't flatter yourself. But as you're in denial about your verbal slugfest, it's not surprising that you're delusional, too!