Fox News enemy of the week (or is it month?): Al Gore. Not counting President Obama, of course. But he's president. Gore, on the other hand, never will be. Still, the Gore smearing just goes on and on. Last night, Bill O'Reilly - who often decries hate speech from the left - couldn't have gone much lower as he and Geraldo Rivera joked about throwing chairs at Gore and then later countenanced Dennis Miller's fat jokes.
In case you didn't know, Gore's crimes are that a) he sold Current TV for tons of money (but don't forget, it's Fox News that's against class warfare), b) sold it to America-hating Al Jazeera which is c) not just anti-American but hypocritical because the network is funded by oil money. To me, it's a big nothing burger but Fox has been gnashing its teeth with gotcha vitriol day after day over this.
Last night, the Gore bashing started with Rivera. After a lengthy anecdote, in which Rivera explained his hostility to Gore (which seems to be based on the fact that Gore criticized Rivera for working for Fox), O'Reilly quipped, "In the past, you would have hit him with a chair." That got a big chuckle out of Rivera who said there were none around. But he went on to sneer about "that Al Gore smirk."
As the two "enlightened" us about how evil Al Jazeera is, O'Reilly joked, "Now I want to hit Gore with a chair... I'll hit him with a chaise lounge!"
Yeah, I know it was a joke. But O'Reilly also said, in all seriousness, that Gore is now "in bed with baby killers. In bed." Sound familiar?
Later, it was time for "comedian" Dennis Miller's regular Wednesday spot. it can be summed by saying, "less violence, more hate." Miller said about Gore:
...He's a bad guy... Imagine the Rube Goldbergian contraption he has put up inside that thin little pea pod he calls his brain case... How does Gore sleep at night, other than, you know, eating a bag of doughnuts and hooking himself up to an IV of Yoo-hoo and nodding off in a sugar coma? He's an empty hack.
Do you think O'Reilly objected? Hardly. He prodded for more by asking when Miller decided Gore is "a bad guy."
And speaking of hypocrisy, BOR looks pretty ridiculous up on that high horse of his placing the hypocrite label on Gore. BOR has aired numerous scathing segments attacking “liberal” media outlets and specific personalities (like David Letterman). However, BOR has no problem putting aside his animosity for them in order to make use of the very outlets that he despises in order to pimp himself and his books for personal gain. Taking anti-American money and using the “liberal” media he hates for financial gain? So much for BOR being a man of principle – he’s a hypocrite to the core and he should take a look in the mirror before he starts criticizing others for doing the same things he does.