In a rare moment of honesty and self-awareness, Bill O'Reilly once described himself as a "sociopath." And Bill does fit the characteristics of sociopaths who are "unable to control their behavior and their expressions of annoyance, irritability and threats when faced with situations not appealing to them" and who "often tend to resort to threats, aggression and verbal abuse." Another aspect of this anti-social disorder is the tendency to lie and as we know from observing Bill O'Reilly, lo these many years, he plays fast and loose with the truth. On a recent Factor, Bill claimed that one of his War on Christmas victories was forcing companies to rescind their order that workers not say Merry Christmas. On a recent View appearance, he said the same thing. The problem is that this is a great, big lie. It never happened except in Bill's mind.
A preening Bill regaled the women on the View with his tall tale that six years ago, he put pressure on companies that ordered their workers to say the blasphemous "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." He claimed that as a result of his activism, the companies, named on the Factor, backed down. Al Franken used to say that Bill pulled facts from his ass and this one came from one of the many dark recesses of this bodily orifice.
As Media Matters documented, neither Crate & Barrel nor Best Buy issued this order. Bill's source for the Best Buy claim came from a customer who told Bill that a store manager told her that workers were prohibited from saying "Merry Christmas." O'Reilly's source for the Crate & Barrel allegation was a misconstrual of a quote, in a St. Louis newspaper, from a Crate & Barrel spokesperson.
In detailing this mythical victory, O'Reilly didn't provide any specifics. And because he's such a narcissist, he thinks that "the folks" just take his infallible world at face value. But, sadly, for Bill, the truth is out there even though, as a sociopath, he has problems articulating it!
And I don't know if this is a lie or just a stupid statement but Bill said, on the View, that "everybody" gets Christmas off and that's just not true because there are many who work on Christmas such as emergency response staff, hospital workers, police, transportation workers, etc. Perhaps if Bill actually grew up in a real blue-collar world, he would know that.
Maybe Bill believes in the George Costanza axiom that "it's not a lie if you believe it."