In what was arguably one of the most bizarre Bill O'Reilly rants, evah, he recently justified his anger, over the bogus "War on Christmas," to official Fox priest Fr. Jonathan Morris who tried to talk Bill down while at the same time validating some of Bill's concerns about the demise of "tradition" such as the need to pray for re-criminalized abortion. (As if, padre). Self appointed morality czar O'Reilly scolded the Catholic Church for not publicly reacting to Caroline Kennedy's pro-choice speech at the Democratic Convention and "joked" that she should be "exorcised." (Not a traditional witch burning?) He then launched into a rant that was neck wrenching in its contortion. After claiming that he had no problem with gay marriage, he scolded the Catholic Church for not fighting hard against gay marriage. Really? On what planet is he living? The Catholic Church fired all its guns (and $) fighting gay marriage but that was obviously not enough for Bill who "got nothing against gay marriage." WTF?Read more
I’ve long thought Ann Coulter is a fraud – and I don’t just mean over her voting habits. While she loves to throw around inflammatory rhetoric to hate monger against liberals, her actions are far more liberal than she’d like to let on. Besides her not-so-conservative personal behavior, her political behavior is fairly moderate. Remember how she adores New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and said if he doesn't run Romney would and then lose? This, despite the fact that she said Romney was the GOP's strongest candidate in 2008? How she gushed over Romney even after he lost? How she’s not much of a Sarah Palin fan? Coulter’s argument that Republicans should give in on tax cuts fit the pattern perfectly. Oh, sure, she tossed in some of her trademark invective for cover. And then argued fiercely with Sean Hannity that the GOP should cave for the sake of better media coverage.Read more
Fox News' "objective" reporter Ed Henry is profiled by AP's David Bauder today. It's an interesting piece and worth reading. But Bauder pulls his punches in two key places regarding Henry's supposed objectivity. The biggest one has to do with Benghazi, where Henry says both that Fox has had "the proper emphasis" on the story and that "some of our shows, some of our commentators, have covered it more than it needed to be covered."Read more
Bill O'Reilly Spreads Christmas Paranoia: "Judeo-Christian Tradition Under Attack" & Ministers Need To Fight Back!
The DSM IV describes paranoia as "a pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent." As such, Bill O'Reilly would appear to be the poster boy for paranoia with his almost constant refrain about how "Judeo-Christianity" is under attack. And as part of his obsession with the non-existent war on Christians (which the "war on Christmas is part of) perpetrated by evil secularists, he has no anointed himself the defender of Christianity and that suggests some serious messianic delusions. Last night, O'Reilly not only ranted about how "Judeo-Christian" tradition is under attack; but he urged Protestant ministers (rabbis not included) to join Bill in fighting his hysterical and very paranoid crusade. (Bill already admonished the Catholic clergy to man-up). In non-clinical terms, dude needs a check up from the neck up cuz he's doing some seriously crazy talk.Read more
When the Tea Party protesters were wreaking havoc at town hall meetings, Fox News provided full validation for their activism. But when a young female law student spoke out on behalf of women's reproductive rights, Fox News provided a platform for Fox pundits and their guests to smear her. Fox News advanced the popular right wing memes that Fluke is a libertine who wants free birth control and that she is an example of playing the victim - a role usually reserved, on Fox, for persecuted Christians. Perhaps the most venom came from Bill O'Reilly and his fellow defenders of the "pro-life" patriarchy which would deny women access to birth control and abortion while at the same time abolish the safety net for women who do give birth. And now that Ms. Fluke has been nominated for Time Magazine Person of the Year, the Fox boys are back in town with their patented vitriol. Last week, Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly didn't disappoint.Read more
Bob Costas visited The O’Reilly Factor tonight to discuss those gun comments he made a few days ago in the wake of the Jovan Belcher suicide/murder tragedy. It seemed that the two guys had a prior friendly relationship and if they didn’t before, they do now. Costas stood by his comments and added on to them, with minor challenges from O’Reilly. In fact, O’Reilly’s biggest concern seemed to be that Costas “call a Christmas tree a ‘Christmas tree.’”Read more
Yesterday, Fox & Friends discussed a Forbes article about 11 states in bad fiscal shape because "takers" outnumber "makers." The article identified a "taker" as "someone who draws money from the government, as an employee, pensioner or welfare recipient. A maker is someone gainfully employed in the private sector." It's bad enough that Forbes likened firefighters and police officers to welfare recipients but Fox piled on by suggesting that the pensioners are the ones bleeding the states dry.Read more