I’m beginning to think Bill O’Reilly needs some anger management classes. Tonight, less than a month after he had a major meltdown with Alan Colmes and another meltdown with a Denver Post columnist, he blew up at Laura Ingraham for having the nerve to tell him that his choice of words, “thump the Bible,” as a description of the tactics of same-sex marriage opponents, had helped fuel an antagonism between him and Rush Limbaugh – which O’Reilly kept saying did not exist. In fact, O’Reilly announced, in all seriousness and in solidarity with Limbaugh, “The two people the liberal media fear most are Rush Limbaugh and me.”
It started in his Talking Points Memo, where O’Reilly complained of left-wing “guttersnipes” playing up the phony feud between him and Limbaugh. “The loons are taking my commentary out of context as they always do,” O’Reilly fumed. Saying he has a new book coming out of his past commentaries, he jabbed his finger at the camera and added, “Believe me, believe me, I’m going to use that book to hammer these liars all day long.”
Unfortunately for O’Reilly, his contention was immediately contradicted when he brought on Ingraham. She said kindly, “Number one, I would say, Bill, there is a feud.” She indicated that she felt a bit awkward given that both he and Limbaugh are friends of hers. But, she added, “I think when you said, ‘they have to do more than Bible thump,’ I don’t think you really needed to say that, right?”
O’Reilly immediately interrupted her and the discussion then devolved – not quite to the Colmes or Denver Post columnist level but low. Ingraham looked exasperated, repeatedly asked to be allowed to finish her thought and O’Reilly’s fingers got a lot of exercise.
Video via Mediaite.
Bill O'Reilly tonight responded to criticisms from the right over his commentary last week that gay marriage opponents need to do more than just "thump the Bible" if they want to win the argument.
I’m sure his divorce and the election defeat certainly doesn’t help his frame of mind, but you know a lot times we can over-psychoanalysis a situation when the answer is simply that Bill is an asshole.
“P.S. Laura-How come you didn’t warn me my wife would divorce me if I treated her like I treat everyone else?”
Laura’s thought bubble: “No wonder you’re old lady left you!”
We expect those same talkers to respond to Billy’s attacks on them. Grab a large bucket of popcorn and a large drink. This week’s drama is about to unfold.
NOTE TO BILLY
You got one thing right-Hannity has no common sense.
Well, Sir Falafel, if they are, it’s only because they learned it from you! (Anyone else remember the old drug commercial where this outraged dad bursts into his teenage son’s room wanting to know why he was smoking weed, and the boy responds, very vehemently, “I learned it from watching you?”)
One could easily fill a book with all the times when Sir Falafel has taken other people’s words out of context.
In terms of ability to keep calm longer… Rush. By a small, but notable margin.
Who wins? The person who’s watching it as a comedy _.
This segment consists of him and Ingraham stubbornly yelling at each other for 6 and a half minutes solely over the semantic term “thump the bible”. I’d say this was a popcorn segment, but after a while it just got really irritating.
I AM APPALLED BY YOUR ARROGANT IGNORANCE and LACK OF SELF AWARENESS. Others of your ilk may feel emboldened and empowered and act out in an evil manner (Dr. Tiller’s murder) and use what they heard from your ilk as justification. Weak minds always seek validation from weak minds who speak the loudest.