In his article about Bill O'Reilly's possible lack of truthiness, David Corn reports that O'Reilly never mentioned his Falklands "combat zone" experiences in his book, "The No Spin Zone." When asked about this by TV Newser, O'Reilly said that he "laid it all out" in his "Those Who Trespass" - novel in which the hero is based on either Bill's experience or his lurid fantasy life.
TVNewser: The report says that you didn’t mention the Falklands in your book, The No Spin Zone. Do you have any comment on that?
O’Reilly: I laid this out in a book called, Those Who Trespass. That was the first book that I wrote. Soup to nuts, what happened in Buenos Aires during the Falklands war. My pieces ran on CBS News. I was praised for them. I mean, this is ridiculous. Everything I said is verifiable. The video that I got led the Dan Rather program that night. This is insane. I never said I was on the Falkland Islands, nobody was."
So rather than getting into the details of O'Reilly's inconsistencies that Corn adeptly addresses, let's just take a look at "Those Who Trespass" as the characters, dialogue, and action are just so, uh, Bill O'Reilly.
According to a review in the Village Voice, this book is really bad. The hero might be based on Bill O'Reilly's self image in that he is an Irish-American cop who thinks that the best way to woe a woman is to grab her breasts when she is in the shower - a fantasy that was allegedly expressed to his former producer who sued him for sexual harassment. But, in his hatred of broadcast news honchos who interfered with his career, the Irish-American villain also seems to be an O'Reilly avatar. Both characters hate everybody.
The book has sexy dialogue like " "Say baby, put down that pipe and get my pipe up;" "I would like you to unhook your bra and let it slide down your arms. You can keep your shirt on;" "Cup your hands under your breasts and hold them for ten seconds" (sound familiar?); and "off with those pants." The book has lots of "fucks" and one of the characters is a "bitch" named Hillary.
But enough description. Check out the audio clips here. Bill's literary genius shines through, especially when he's able to use the terms "oral sex" and "oral hygiene" in the same sentence. Warning - it's actually Bill's voice so it's really, really creepy when he does his sexy talk. Not for those with a weak stomach!
Um, what? This almost sounds like something you’d expect Joey Tribbiani to say. With Joey, though, it actually would sound so sexy a woman would actually try to do it.
Has Bill ever actually seen a woman wearing a bra underneath a shirt? Unless the woman’s wearing a strapless bra, simple physics prevents the bra from “sliding down” her arms (and, of course, a strapless bra isn’t going to slide down the arms in any way) if she’s wearing a shirt. The straps (which hook over the shoulders) are going to get caught up at the sleeves. I can’t believe that a straight man who’s actually been married to a real woman and one who presumably wore bras wouldn’t have any concept of how bras work when putting them on and taking them off.
“According to Mother Jones, O’Reilly used his supposed experience as “a war reporter” to justify his ability to write and to make commentaries about the Iraq War or to criticize liberal journalists with no combat experience. “I’ve covered wars, okay?,” he reportedly told a 2003 panel on media coverage of Afghanistan. "I’ve been there. The Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Middle East. I’ve almost been killed three times, okay.’
But I think O’Reilly, like Williams, were desperately seeking the gravitas, the mythology of World War II’s “The Greatest Generation” that took fire and never had its moral authority questioned. Perhaps this was tempered by guilt. When Williams finished high school in the late-middle ‘70s, there was no U.S. war to fight, or cover, even if the young New Jerseyan had so desired. O’Reilly is different; he could have gone to Vietnam after graduating high school in 1967, but instead he headed for college and a series of deferments, like many of his generational cohorts. They used their freedom to chase their career dreams, but when they found themselves in an anchor chair in an era of renewed militarism, they wanted it both ways.
Bill O’Reilly needs a holy war to give his life meaning. That’s kind of bizarre — you’d think that addressing millions of people nightly, making millions of dollars, getting your name, somehow, on best-selling books, etc. — would be enough. But, no, his short time on this planet would be meaningless without the great clash of civilizations, a clash that he was a voice of…albeit from a heavily guarded studio 8,000 miles away. I guess reporting nightly on people’s struggle for meaningful work and a living wage would diminish a Great Man like Bill O’Reilly. And he knows. He’s seen combat. He’s told us many times."
How does one get fired from a job for lying if that is what he was he was hired to in the first place?