Bill O’Reilly invited two prominent Muslim guests on his show last night. But he was so busy yelling at them, they didn’t have much of a chance to say anything.
Not since Sean Hannity badgered a Palestinian-American has such boorish behavior been seen on Fox. Or was it since Hannity bullied and berated Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton? Or maybe since Megyn Kelly’s rude and dismissive treatment of Rep. Al Green?
In any event, O’Reilly did not come out looking like the rational one.
Watch it below, from last night’s The O’Reilly Factor.
For starters, I KNOW DAMN F***ING WELL what I’m talking about when it comes to discussing an elite private high school like Chaminade High School — and today I am STILL standing by my claim that you STILL need lots of $$$$, excellent grades and, for extra insurance, THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS to get into Chaminade.
Here is a FACT: Some of my grammar school classmates that were near straight A students applied to get into Chaminade in early 1977 — but in the end they had to withdraw their applications because their parents were SIMPLY UNABLE to come up with the annual tuition, even with financial aid (at the time, it was almost $2,000/yr.). Mark my words Greg Dito:
YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE VERY, VERY, VERY RARE EXCEPTIONS!
I know this from history: First, my brother was a longtime B+ student in grammar school (like me, he attended Maria Regina School and graduated from there in 1970). He probably had a better than average shot at getting into Chaminade back then — in fact, he had to go there in early 1970 to take the Catholic High Schools entrance exam that you cited — but in the end, he had to turn down Chaminade because my father was simply UNABLE TO COME UP WITH THE ANNUAL TUITION, even with financial aid.
Like I said before, I also grew up on Long Island — and when I graduated from Maria Regina School in Seaford in June 1977, tuition at Chaminade was MORE THAN THREE TIMES WHAT YOUR PARENTS HAD TO SHELL OUT when you attended (it was almost $2,000/yr.) — and on top of all that, my father was saddled with HUGE medical bills due to him being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in the summer of 1976.
Finally, today I am also STILL standing by my claim that having THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS also helps when it comes to getting into a top notch school like Chaminade which, like I said before, has long been ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK STATE to get into. Some of my former coworkers and college classmates that are also Chaminade graduates can certainly back this up INSTANTLY. May I respectfully suggest you read Marvin Kitman’s EYE-OPENING and JAW-DROPPING book “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up”, because it is JAM-PACKED with facts that LONGTIME reich-wing loudmouth Bill O’Reilly DOES NOT want you to know — and given his COLOSSAL FAILURE at suing truth-telling authors (remember Greg, O’Reilly’s TOTALLY FOOLISH AND FRIVOLOUS “copyright infringment” lawsuit against Sen. Al Franken was THROWN OUT by the courts in early 2005 — O’Reilly suit was based solely on the title of Franken’s bestseller “Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right”), don’t expect O’Reilly to file a libel lawsuit against Marvin Kitman anytime soon.
As an early 70s alum of Chaminade High School I find it both amusing and sad that someone like Mr. Santalone takes it upon himself to comment on a subject that he obviously knows absolutely nothing about, that is, how a student was admitted into Chaminade back in the 60s and 70s.
My family moved to Long Island in 1967 where I started attending public junior high school. My grades were barely average and I struggled in school due to what is now known as ADD. I always did well on tests but often did not complete homework on time or do well on quizzes.
While in 8th grade my parents signed me up for some type of entrance test for Catholic high schools, an idea that I was not particularly in favor of, especially when it meant going to an all boys school which were two of the three choices on my application list as chosen by my parents.
Long story short, I was admitted to Chaminade. Although we lived comfortably my parents were by no means rich, whatever that means. My parents skimped on many things in order to make the $600 annual tuition. Throughout my first eighteen years my parents bought used cars, never new. And to think that my parents had made any high-powered Long Island ‘connections’ in less than two years time is totally laughable.
So to state that “ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO ONE gets into Chaminade” unless there is money, connections, or straight As is a total delusional fabrication. I am proof of everything to the contrary.
While I did attend Chaminade with some kids from very affluent families I also had many classmates from typical blue collar middle and lower income neighborhoods. And kids from the Catholic parochial grade schools were definitely a lot better prepared for the rigors of Chaminade than I was. But the one thing we seemed to have in common other than being Catholic – we all apparently did well on that entrance exam. Nothing more. And I consider those four years as effecting positive changes in my life for which I am forever grateful.
So for Mr. Santalone to blatantly state that Bill O’Reilly’s admission to Chaminade in 1963 was based strictly on some privilege of wealth, academics, or connections is simply a self-serving lie that does nothing for the topic under discussion except mislead.
“Junior learned it from his Dear Old Dad back in the 50s & 60s.”
Indeed he did Jan — and given the fact that Junior was NOWHERE NEAR an honors student in grammar school, (just FYI I learned this fact from Marvin Kitman’s book “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up”), it’s PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that there is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO WAY Junior would have been accepted at Chaminade High School in 1963 if it wasn’t for his Dear Old Dad’s CONNECTIONS — “The Man Who Would Not Shut Up” also mentions that William O’Reilly Sr. PERSONALLY KNEW one of Chaminade’s guidance counselors back in the early 1960s. Because I grew up on Long Island, I know for a fact that Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY has long been ONE OF THE TOUGHEST PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS TO GET INTO. Mark my words Jan: ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO ONE gets into Chaminade unless he meets AT LEAST TWO of the following requirements:
1. STRAIGHT A’s (or near straight A’s)
2. LOTS OF $$$$ (last time I checked, tuition at Chaminade is almost $8,000/yr.)
3. THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS
Btw, did you all hear that Jeb Bush and BOR had a private meeting this past Tuesday? Is this going to lead to one of the hottest Republican bro-mances to hit the FOX “news” airwaves (after Hannity and Ted Cruz, of course)? LOL!