Ya gotta love it! Bill O'Reilly, who specializes in personal attacks and character defamation, not only is upset about nasty, mainstream media "hate speech;" but he's now scolding those whom he deems disrespectful. True story. Last week, after his latest fatwa victim, a pro-choice Salon writer, saw an increase in her hate mail after Bill's smeared her in his column, Bill did a two part Factor segment about what he feels is a lack of respect in American society. Talk about pot meeting kettle!
In the first piece (February 7th), O'Reilly reported on how a teenage Florida girl got a 30 day sentence for being disrespectful to a judge. While Fox's Judge Napolitano thought that the judge overreacted, O'Reilly felt he should be applauded because "if we don't respect each other, we are headed for big trouble." O'Reilly blamed public schools, in particular the NY City School system, for being too lax on students who misbehave. In pontificating about the need for discipline, he cited his experience as a teacher which was only two years in a Florida Catholic school. Bill crowed that one of the reasons he sends his kids to Catholic schools is because they are strict. The so not DTF O'Reilly criticized JerseyShore for "debasing" our culture.
The next night, he continued his whine. He again complained about the NY City school system which, he claimed, is part of a "cowardly public school system." He claimed that "there is an entire generation of younger Americans who don't" OMG "care about tradition, authority, and acting in an appropriate manner." (And Bill's crusade against Dr. Tiller was "appropriate?") He predicted that these people will "pay a price." He then proceeded to disrespect the president by saying that "under the Obama administration" the good, respectful folks like O'Reilly will be "supporting" these misguided youth "who can't prosper in the market place."
This was followed by a segment during which O'Reilly screamed about the lack of discipline in the NY City public schools. While Fox contributor Kirsten Powers supported the teachers and said that parents were to blame, frequent Hannity guest and former George Allen advisor Kate Obenshain, who once said that Sarah Palin was "articulate and compelling,"agreed with Bill that it's all the school system's fault.
Bill reported that the jail sentence for the disrespectful Florida teen was vacated by the judge who, according to O'Reilly, must watch the Factor. His first guest, attorney Brian Russell thought that the kid should have done the time because "consequences are the key" and that we don't help people if we spare them the consequences of their actions. O'Reilly said that the change reflected the judge's compassion and he would have done the same. He pressed his other attorney guest, Anahita Sedaghatfar, about what she would have done if she had been the judge. Bill laughed when she said that she would have given the girl an admonition.
After repeating his suspicion that the judge had seen his segment from the day before, Bill claimed that the culture, "for those under 30," is just "rife with disrespect." Russell complained about how young people are just so irresponsible. Bill brought the topic back to the hated NY Public School system. He was "sooo happy" that Anahita would suspend a kid who curses out a teacher.
So if Bill is upset about lack of respect - let's see if he practices what he preaches. I'm not holding my breath! As Lady Soul sang,
Find out what it means to me
Take care, TCB
As far as his concern about “debasing” the culture, isn’t this the same guy who sent his toadie out to a nudist colony so that BOR could titillate his viewers? And in a twofer with regards to “disrespect” and “debasing”, it was BOR who sent the same toadie out to Hawaii to purposely disrespect Obama and Hawaiians (while making sure to get a long, lingering shots of women’s asses as they were walking up the street in their tight clothes/high heels). Never mind that BOR is actually lauding Nugent to the folks despite the numerous despicable, violent tirades Nugent has spewed.
Unless BOR is willing to clean up his own act and stop disrespecting others/debasing our culture himself AND is willing to start calling out the hate/disrespect on his own network and FOX “news” websites, then BOR’s complaints about disrespect and debasement reek of a huuuge double standard. BOR is not part of the solution – he’s part of the problem!
Cavuto Mark alert: BOR’s 2 years of teaching school = just long enough to help keep him out of Vietnam?