Bill O’Reilly is awfully concerned that when he retires he will not get the same tributes as Jon Stewart has since announcing his departure from The Daily Show. The only possible explanation for such a discrepancy, O’Reilly argued, is that the media is unfairly liberal.
Bill O’Reilly “proved” his point last night by playing a few clips of praise for Stewart from the media. Afterward, O'Reilly sounded almost bitter as he said, “I’m sure when I retire, I’ll get the same treatment.”
O’Reilly continued, his voice full of sarcasm: “Say I get run over by a bus tomorrow… I think the media would just mist over and ‘19 years O’Reilly’s been doing this every night – cogent points, blending drama with humor, interviews with the biggest people in the world.’ …Wouldn’t that happen?…Why would I not get the same treatment that Jon Stewart is getting?”
Guest Juan Williams told O’Reilly, “You’re a big boy. You’re Number One.” He said that Stewart’s ratings are embarrassing next to O’Reilly’s.
“They should just heap more praise upon me,” O’Reilly argued.
Williams replied, “I’m just telling you, that’s not the way the world works, brother. That’s jealousy, it’s envy.”
But to O’Reilly, it was proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” that “the national press and the commentators and television and print, they’re overwhelmingly liberal. That’s what it proves, Juan.” O’Reilly sounded disgusted. He then mocked people who disagree that the media is liberal.
“I’ll be looking down from heaven, watching the coverage of my demise,” O’Reilly said as he closed the segment.
And he’ll be comparing it to Jon Stewart’s, I’m sure.
Watch it below, from last night’s The O’Reilly Factor.
The Second Floor will throw a “good riddance” party after you leave.
“That’s enough of me talking about myself; let’s hear you talk about me”
Yep, as most of you have pointed out, there’s several reasons why the Mayor of Bullsh!t Mountain won’t get the send off that Stewart is going to get (with the least of it being because of the so-called “liberal” media). BOR is a sad, little man who has delusions of grandeur about himself and his place in the world. Having listened to his now defunct radio show, BOR’s damaged ego goes waaay back as he’s complained about how he wasn’t one of the popular “swells” growing up. And, despite his advanced age, he still sounds like the jealous high school boy who envies those who are better liked and more respected.
Stewart is humble, less egotistical and largely courteous to his guests (even those he disagrees with). Stewart does humor/comedy sooo much better than BOR (who fancies himself to be a humorist). Stewart hasn’t set out to destroy anyone nor has he called himself as a journalist. Meanwhile, BOR has indeed referred to himself as a journalist (bwaaah!) and he has gone so far as to try and destroy (and succeeded in a few cases) some of those he disagrees with. He has berated and totally disrespected some of his guests. He likes to toot his own horn and, as this rant shows us, he is completely self-absorbed. Stewart has perfected the media criticism/political absurdity genre with humor, intellect and quick wit – he deserves his due (and without the “what about me?” whining from BOR). Had the roles been reversed and it was BOR who was retiring this year, I have no doubt that Stewart would not have thrown a hissy fit and attempted to draw attention to himself the way BOR did.
Personally, I like Steve St John’s take – Bill is a prick, Jon isn’t. Spot on, Steve, and that’s one reason why I’ll pop the cork on a bottle of champagne when BOR finally gets off the airwaves.
Yeah, lemme explain ratings. Justin Bieber still holds all three of the top spots for most viewed Youtube videos ever. One is the music video for “Baby.” The other two are:
Him getting hit in the face with a partially frozen water bottle.
A character he played on the show CSI getting brutally gunned down by the police.
How about one of the Fox News interns go and get Bill, so that he can explain what’s wrong with this picture. That way, I’ll know he’s capable of comprehending why his show gets the ratings it does, without the tired old analogy of why Springer was king.
*I honestly believe that even goldfish have longer memory spans than the typical FoxNoise audience member.
I love to listen to the reich wingers whine and snivvle when they feel so beset on by reality. It’s sort of like expecting W to get the same respect around the world that President Obama is getting. It’s NOT in the same sphere of reality….get a clue, dumb ass.
If there is a Hell, I’m sure BillO will have a seat right up front.
I don’t think you should be so optimistic about where you’ll be watching the coverage from!