If a credible mental health clinician (not Keith Ablow) were to do a psych evaluation of Bill O'Reilly, he or she might determine that Bill O'Reilly has a narcissistic personality disorder. According to the DSM IV, a standard for diagnosis and treatment, O'Reilly fits a number of the characteristics for this mental health disorder, especially "living in a dream world" of exceptional success including power. The delusion of great power is nowhere more apparent than in O'Reilly's belief that he has personally saved Christmas, a belief that O'Reilly regularly asserts despite the absurdity of the claim. So as sure as God causes the tides to go in and out, O'Reilly was back, this year, for the same old, same old self serving lie.
Last Friday, Bill's Talking Points were all about his yearning for the return of "traditional" America - you know, the one in which dad brought home the bacon for mom to cook, gays didn't exist, minorities knew their place, and abortions were done in back alleys except if you had some money in which case you got a "D&C" in a hospital. As Newshounds Ellen pointed out, torture is part of the good old days to which Bill wants America to return. And as sure as Jesus guided evolution, O'Reilly repeated a lie that has now become a standard part of his repertoire of "saving" Christmas; i.e. that as part of his victory in the war on Christmas (talk about delusion!) companies no longer ban employees from saying "Merry Christmas." Thing is, as with much of what comes out of Bill's bodily orifices, this-just-isn't-true.
As I noted last year, when he made this bogus claim (both on his show and The View), Bill is lying. Allow me to quote from my piece:
"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."
But as Amanda Marcotte pointed out, Fox loves the war on Christmas because "they profit handsomely off keeping their paranoid, gullible, aging white audience in a constant fit of self-righteous outrage. " And that's why Bill' Barcalounger brigade believes him, so it's all good. Meanwhile, the rest of know that when it comes to saving Christmas, Bill O'Reilly is full of something and it ain't figgy pudding!