The insidious nature of Fox News mullah Bill O'Reilly's personal attacks is made even more so by his ability to frame his fatwa's in humorous and avuncular tones. While he's perfectly capable of angrily denouncing his "enemies," he's also able to get the same affect by gently making baseless accusation against them and mocking them as "pinheads." And in true O'Reilly style, he gets the last (and in many cases, the only) word because his victims don't get a chance to respond. But if his targets push back, Bill gets upset. Recently, a Denver Post journalist accused O'Reilly of gay baiting the CO House Speaker because of the Speaker's opposition to O'Reilly's pet legislation, Jessica's Law. The writer appeared on The Factor and despite O'Reilly's delusional claims of having bested the man, his presentation was calm and articulate. But because Bill always needs to have the last word, he's now turning his wrath on the editor of the Denver Post who is being called a "Pinhead" for supposedly turning his paper into an arm of the Democratic Party. (And this is being said on Fox News, Oh, the irony!)
The segment, which followed O'Reilly's attack on atheists and MA high school students, was the debut of Bill's "Pinheads of the Week" series. Bernard McGuirk's first pick was Dennis Rodman for his comment that "one of the most vaunted pope's," John Paul II was a "pimp." McGuirk who, on the Don Imus radio/TV show, referred to African-American college women basketball players as "hardcore hos" and who, when doing "comedy," did a voice impersonation of Catholic Cardinal Egan, said that Rodman is "no genius." That McGuirk is no intellectual was shown in the earlier segment during which McGuirk opined we need to have God's name on our currency because "selfish SOB's" need to be reminded that there is a God. Gutfeld's pinhead was Mayor Bloomberg because of the soda ban.
O'Reilly pinhead of the week was the editor of the Denver Post, Gregory Moore. He showed a photo of Moore who is African-American. One wonders why O'Reilly felt in necessary to show a photo other than a subtle injection of race into the issue? Bill claimed that Moore has not control over the editorial page and added, with typical Bill braggadocio, that he "destroyed" the editorial page - a reference to his debate with the Denver Post writer Chris Hubbard who had the audacity to call out Bill O'Reilly's homophobic attacks on the openly gay Colorado House Speaker. In typical O'Reilly fashion Bill, made the claim that the paper is "in bed with the Democratic party" because they're against Jessica's law. As proof of this conspiracy Bill claimed that words used in Hubbard's article were used in fund raising for the Democratic Party. While he used Hubbard's article as a graphic, he didn't show the alleged fund raising material.
Using his pen as a pointer, Bill scolded Moore who "should know better" and get control of his paper. He accused Moore of turning the Denver Post into a "house organ for the Democratic Party and who's suffering, the kids in Colorado because they can't get Jessica's Law." He accused nameless politicians and columnists at the Denver Post of lying and then backtracked and said "maybe they were mistaken by saying no law enforcement behind it and we bring in two powerful Colorado law enforcers." He shrugged, murmured something unintelligible and said "it's just opposite."
After he repeated the name of the editor and his designation as "pinhead of the week," he showed the photo again. Bill's boys "concurred" and McGuirk asserted that "it's disgraceful that they wouldn't protect the most defenseless among us." Bill suggested that they didn't "report it honestly" and if they're against the law, admit it and "don't get in bed with the Democratic Party and tow their line no matter what they say." Gutfeld said that "this in a outgrowth of the leafy campus" and that they'll always be "pro-criminal" rather than "pro-victim." Bill added "there's a lot of bad stuff happening in Colorado" because it's changing "not for the better."
Despite Bill "Tip of the Day" to ignore those who criticize you ("guttersnipes") Bill just can't get over the reality that Colorado isn't following his marching orders re Jessica's Law. And rather than moving on, Bill has doubled down on his attacks by claiming that the Denver Post is in bed with the Democrats. (And Fox News isn't a mouthpiece for the GOP? Oh, the irony!) Bill's claim that the Post said that "no law enforcement" supports Jessica's law is a lie because the article says "the bill was not supported by police, prosecutors or defense attorneys." The reality is that the CO District Attorneys’ Council, CO Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and CO Office of the Public Defender don't feel that the law is necessary. Just because Bill was able to find two "law enforcers" (both Republicans) doesn't make it "opposite."
For baselessly attacking people without affording them the opportunity defend themselves and for trying to get his ex-wife excommunicated, it should be Bill O'Reilly who is the "Pinhead" of week!
As far as BOR’s mocking tone, that’s just BOR trying to steal a page from Stewart and Colbert. If there’s one thing I picked up from listening to BOR’s now defunct radio show, it is that he despises the fact that they have become relevant in the political/media critique scene because of their humor/mocking. As Stewart and Colbert have proven, humor works and BOR has realized that which explains why he has Miller, Gutfeld and McGuirk on as a regular guests even if their (and BOR’s) humor is rather lame and often nothing more than just mean.
And “Pinhead of the Week”? Really? Come on, BOR, you’ve done that pinhead thing to death. Can’t you come up with any better insult than that? Not only is BOR challenged when it comes to facts, it would seem he’s also creatively challenged. Bwaaah!