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Bill O’Reilly Does Not Look Out for Me (Anymore)

February 18th, 2014 - 10:08 pm

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Maybe it’s a rewrite of Lord Acton’s famous quote as “Pundit power tends to corrupt and absolute pundit power corrupts absolutely,” but whatever the explanation, something has happened to Bill O’Reilly. Bill has always been, shall we say, a tad narcissistic with his palaver about “looking after you” and the “no spin zone,” not to mention endlessly self-referential email praising or damning his latest co-written book or his avuncular vocabulary hints, almost always illustrated as “Don’t be a  [fill in the blank] when writing to the Factor,”  but we excused him.  He was, after all, Bill O’Reilly, the most popular of the popular and a man of many gifts. But of late he appears to have been running off the rails.

He inflated his own interview with Barack Obama, which scarcely broke any new ground, into the confrontation of the century and continues to auction off his scrawled notes for the event as if they were the Gettysburg Address.  But that’s the least of it.  Always testy, he has started to become genuinely abusive of his guests.

On Tuesday night, when discussing the latest absurdity from Oliver Stone, he began to harass Monica Crowley, seemingly not comprehending what she was saying.  That was compounded minutes later when he genuinely didn’t understand what John Stossel was saying and picked a fight with the libertarian commentator over nothing. O’Reilly didn’t even appear to get the message of Orwell’s Animal Farm. I have to assume he read it, but who knows? Both Stossel and Crowley justifiably looked perplexed but, to their credit, rolled with the punches.

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My issue with O'Reilly is that although much hyped as tough his interviews of Obama are unresearched and unprepared. As a result, it's one softball and missed opportunity after another. Obama is a skilled liar and it takes preparation to unmask and expose him. O'Reilly is not up to the job because he is lazy and too concerned with being regarded by the liberal press as a nice guy.
23 weeks ago
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That bloviating pin head has never been a conservative and how anyone can stand to listen to him for more than 5 minutes is beyond me. For that matter neither George Will nor Charles Krauthammer is a conservative either, but at least they can be interesting to listen to sometimes, and even enlightening on occasion, and unlike that bloviating pin head, they do have their charm.
23 weeks ago
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For me, Bill O'Reilly is in the land of used to be. He used to be a person whose ideas I valued. He used to have a show I watched. I haven't watched him in years. I feel that he distorts events to make them fit what the mainstream media believes. He seems more interested in being a Washington insider than just giving us the facts.
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Hit the nail on the head. I was horrified at O'Reilly's treatment of Monica Crowley; I even felt sorry for Colmes. With the sound off, Bill's face was a twisted mask of fury. It's just creepy and he is even cutting off Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer lately.

We are skipping over his show these days for Megyn Kelly. Bret Baier and Greta are also excellent.
21 weeks ago
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O'Reilly has become almost unwatchable. His rants, scream-overs, and diatribes come with increasing frequency; and too often he is simply wrong-headed.

Fox is far too orchestrated. 5 minutes of Fox and Friends reveals the content of every Fox program for the rest of the day, regardless of what happens during the day. As often as not, it isn't news programming, it's programming based on what was news several days ago; too often devoid of meaningful insight.

Rather than 'Republican' or 'Conservative', both of which are far too subjective to be meaningful editorial standards, how about 'Constitutional'? Not only is the Constitution the contract that creates and defines the federal government, but it is a simple point of reference; and the only valid point of reference to evaluate actions and intentions of the federal government.

There is no standing for politics in the governing of our Constitutional Republic as the responsibilities DELEGATED to government are strictly limited and not subject to expansion.

The Main Stream Media merely hacks for the administration. Informed Self Rule requires an electorate that is knowledgeable regarding Constitutional governance, not one that is simply politically oriented.
22 weeks ago
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Great idea to turn O'Reilly's show over to John Stossel! Stossel's great and doesn't insist on giving Catholic religious doctrine as FACT!!!!
22 weeks ago
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He's a typical blowhard. He dumps on the little people he claims to support and then goes wobbly on Obama. He should have been embarrassed at that one. He obviously was unprepared. He could have dropped Lerner's taking the fifth on the no IRS corruption claim but he didn't. Just pathetic.
22 weeks ago
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I was stunned at O'Reilly's verbal and condescending abuse of folks like Dick Morris, John Stossel and Monica Crowley. He pulled the same game on Sarah Palin some time ago and she refused to be on his show for a time. He sends Jesse Watters out on the street to ask people what they think about Bill O'Reilly. Comon...the guy is in love with himself and it is now apparent to the viewing public. I'm sick of hearing him tell the viewers how great and wealthy he is. Something has gone terribly wrong in his head.
23 weeks ago
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O'Reilly "narcissistic" because he is confidant, feels he's on the side of the little guy, I don't think so. Simon's hyperbole seems personal. I'm disillusioned with Mr O, who seems to have turned very much to the center, tends to interrupt, although I get that with limited time he can't allow filibustering/bloviating.
23 weeks ago
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I couldn't believe that O'Reilly flogged that nothingburger of an interview for 8 days. One of his shows dedicated over twenty minutes to his asking his guests what they thought of the interview. Enough already! O'Reilly is like your a$$hole uncle that comes to dinner, drinks too much, runs his mouth too much, picks stupid fights and only enhances the event by his leaving it.
23 weeks ago
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O'Reilly is truly a pinhead, an egotistical, pompous elitist, who may at this point be suffering from the first symptoms of dementia. Mark Levine describes Bill as the 8:00 PM leprechaun a well deserved pejorative. He has never been for the "folks." The other night he chastised Judge Pirro for describing someone as a midget, who made him the PC King? He deliberately embarrassed her on TV, not all necessary. Perhaps she should have used the term little people, I prefer dwarfism, as the mind of O'Reilly.
23 weeks ago
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O is a very skilled liar. So was Hilter, and the Devil.. A Half-truth is VERY difficult to respond to, and untangle in the moment.
23 weeks ago
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Bill O'Rilley may be suffering the first symptoms of dementia. As the author has indicated, Bill is a pompous, egotistical elitist and he is not nor never has been for the "folks". Mark Levine call him the 8:00 PM leprechaun as a pejorative and it si well deserved.
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