Bill O’Reilly addressed tonight his shocking attack on Alan Colmes last night. “I’m sorry I said Alan was lying,” O’Reilly said. “I should not have used that word.” Then he proceeded to argue that the state of the country is so dire and that Americans are not paying enough attention so he just HAD to do something to get it.
In the Talking Points segment, which preceded the discussion with Powers, O’Reilly falsely said Colmes had “hemmed and hawed about what specific cuts Obama has put forth.” Um, no he didn’t. Colmes tried to talk and O’Reilly refused to let him. The proof is right here.
O’Reilly did admit he was wrong to have called Colmes a liar: “I’m sorry I said Alan was lying, I should not have used that word.” But he wasn’t a big enough person to apologize directly to Colmes. Instead, O’Reilly went on to pretend his meltdown was all a ploy to get attention.
The president wants to destroy the Republican Party and he does not see to care if the nation collapses as a result.
…That’s the reason I raised my voice last night – to get everybody’s attention. I think I succeeded.
…Because the right-wing has demonized Barack Obama so much, many independent Americans are tuning out. They’re numb to criticism about the president. All this birth certificate and Muslim stuff has actually helped Barack Obama. Because now, when there’s a legitimate criticism that he’s mismanaging the U.S. economy big time, many people don’t even pay attention, they don’t even listen.
It would have been nice if O’Reilly had apologized directly to Colmes and given him the chance for a re-match with a civil host. But O’Reilly seems to have a hard time being reasonable lately.
At any rate, O'Reilly looked very much out of control during his meltdown and I find it hard to believe he was acting deliberately to make a point. But even if he were, his behavior was inexcusable and he owes Colmes more than this self-serving apology.
I’ve seen the age-rage for a media person years ago. He was quietly taken off the air as his condition worsened.
“Park Avenue: money, power and the American dream – Why Poverty?”
If it was really a ploy to get folks’ attention as BOR is now claiming (or was it a desperate attempt to get his ratings up?), then that was a shameful way to go about it — to berate one of his colleagues in that manner. It was completely rude and unprofessional (not that BOR of FOX “news” fame had much professionalism left anyway). There’s been many instances in the past where it was thought that BOR had jumped the shark but this takes the cake. Ploy or not, BOR is an embarrassment.
Also, if it was just an act to get the folks’ attention, then BOR loses all rights to refer to himself as a serious analyst. He just proved that he’s a buffoon who is willing to do anything. He’s nothing more than a Limbaugh-esque entertainer hamming it up for the audience. Whoosh! There goes any shred of credibility that BOR had left. What a fool.
- The way he did his jaw/mouth made me think that he really was angry but I could be wrong.
BillO, BillO, BillO . . .
Don’t you know — if you want to use a ploy to get attention, you can’t beat crying on cue with the aid of Vicks Vapo-rub?
Have we learned NOTHING from Glenn Beck?
“The president wants to destroy the Republican Party and he does not see to care if the nation collapses as a result.”
BillO, BillO, BillO . . .
There is no need for President Obama to destroy the Republican Party — they’re doing a bang-up job of that all by themselves . . .
I see everyone else sweating it on their bad days, and Hannity has a few things that I think were stunts under his belt… but I have yet to see Bill-O sweat. It might actually be one of the few graces I can grant him.
Somehow I think by spitting,foaming at the mouth,snorting like a pig and calling his guest names wildly gesturing as if having a hissyfit is very reassuring to trust such a person’s point of view.