The Two Faces of Bill O'Reilly
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We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether Bill O'Reilly has made serious errors in in judgment. Bill has supported a Conservative Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues. But, it is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment and his soul may be in danger from his past and future actions.
When we called Bill O'Reilly's office last year before the sexual scandal broke (see below), they stated that his position is that there is no such thing as any religion but his version of Christianity, that all other religions weren't "Real" religions." What is a real religion, Mr. O'Reilly? What you have been practicing? If he is practicing a religion, it should be made illegal. Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." This is a summary of information collected from several sources including Washington Post, Salon Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution and others about Bill O'Reilly
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the Religious Freedom Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process.
Bill O'Reilly is the host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor and Westwood One's nationally syndicated The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly. He is also a syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate and the author of five books, including Who's Looking Out for You? (Broadway, 2003) and The O'Reilly Factor for Kids (HarperEntertainment, 2004). O'Reilly is a former host for the tabloid-style news program Inside Edition (where he did not win a Peabody award) and a former correspondent for ABC News.
O'Reilly uses his position as the centerpiece of Fox News' prime-time lineup to serially misinform his audiences, consistently skewing his presentation to advance conservative viewpoints (though he did admit on July 19, 2004, that Fox News "does tilt right"). As Media Matters has documented O'Reilly's tactics and false statements, he has derided the organization on numerous occasions, at one point describing Media Matters employees as "the most vile, despicable human beings in the country." Media Matters named O'Reilly as its 2004 Misinformer of the Year.
O'Reilly frequently denounces "cowards" who refuse to face him on-air, saying, for example, "If you attack someone publicly, as these men did to me, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward." But O'Reilly has repeatedly attacked Media Matters while refusing Media Matters President and CEO David Brock's request to appear on The O'Reilly Factor.
After a series of undistinguished broadcasting jobs in mid-tier markets, O’Reilly first rose to prominence though his CBS coverage of the Falklands War (see Dickipedia: Margaret Thatcher). However, O’Reilly swiftly torpedoed his relationship with CBS by accusing them of stealing “his” footage and using it in another reporter’s piece. This incident was then recapped in O’Reilly’s 1998 novel Those Who Trespass, in which thinly-fictionalized versions of O’Reilly’s former co-workers are brutally murdered. Post-Virginia Tech, this sort of writing is known as “grounds for forcible institutionalization.”
In O’Reilly’s case, however, the CBS fracas propelled him into an anchor job on Inside Edition, a tabloid infotainment program to which O’Reilly later inaccurately attributed multiple Peabody awards, then still later inaccurately denied his initial inaccuracy and accused his chroniclers of describing his actions inaccurately. In 2008, a video surfaced depicting O'Reilly's jovial, warm attitude with his co-workers that made him a pleasure to work with, prompting him to deliver a graceful on-air response.
Ultimately, O’Reilly found his true home at Fox News, where he has used his own show The O’Reilly Factor to take down worthy targets ranging from the widows of 9/11 victims to the children of 9/11 victims. O’Reilly has successfully branded The O'Reilly Factor with the slogan “The No Spin Zone,” which is sort of akin to branding Tehran “America’s #1 Spring Break Hotspot.”
O’Reilly has shown interest in the traditional Republican hobby of sexually harassing female subordinates. According to a complaint leveled by Andrea Mackris, a former producer, O’Reilly subjected her to a series of his carnal fantasies, including one involving Mackris’ “spectacular boobs” and the sexual use of a loofah, which O’Reilly later, inexplicably referred to as “falafel.” While O’Reilly is apparently in favor of using falafel as a sexual stimulant, he is much less in favor of the food’s area of origin, having referred to the Iraqi people as a “prehistoric group.” In the same broadcast, O’Reilly further cemented his reputation for fostering productive relationships, noting that, when it comes to U.S. intervention in the Muslim world, “What we can do is bomb the living daylights out of them….no more group troops, no more hearts and minds. Ain’t going to work.”
O'Reilly as Ideological Crusader
In 2003, O’Reilly called for a boycott of French products in retaliation for French President Jacques Chirac’s stance on the Iraq war, later citing a non-existent publication as proof of the boycott’s success. O’Reilly has also consistently railed against what he calls the “War on Christmas,” a societal backlash towards the sacredness of a holiday marked by trampling deaths at Wal-Mart.
O’Reilly has continued to pursue a wide variety of extremist activities. During his show of September 19, 2007, O’Reilly expressed surprise at the fact that the primarily black patrons at a Harlem restaurant were quiet and well-behaved, comments that shocked and outraged anyone who’s never gone to see a movie above 86th Street. A month later, he referred to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling as a “provocateur” for outing one of the book’s characters as gay, warning that the revelation would be of grave concern for parents “worried in America about the gay agenda and indoctrination of their children to see homosexuality in a certain way.” These comments, along with his recent suggestion that an imprisoned victim of kidnapping and horrific child abuse “liked” his situation, indicate that O’Reilly’s mental disease shows no sign of abating any time soon.
Though O'Reilly regularly smears people and often says things that anyone with a dial-up modem and 15 minutes could prove false, it was not until 2009 that someone died.
In May 2009, Dr. George Tiller, a medical doctor who performed late-term abortions, was murdered outside of his church. Many critics argue that O'Reilly's frequent use of the term "Tiller the Baby Killer" precipitated the killing. This theory could be described as merely a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, but, more importantly, it removes too much of the blame from some of the lunatics who watch The Factor.
Regardless, while one civil rights activist agreed that O'Reilly's comments did not technically incite violence, only a real Republican Conservative extremist would say something that would subsequently require someone else to identify it as not technically inciting some kind of violence.
When Satan comes to collect the corrupt soul of Bill O'Reilly, (O'Reilly sold his soul many years ago) he will take him to the first circle of Hell. This is the place reserved for Conservative talk show hosts, whose lies know no bounds.
In our opinion, Bill O'Reilly is a
ridiculous clown. He's a thuggish, pompous, preening caricature of a human
being; a living illustration of conservatism's warped ideal of manliness. A
know-nothing know-it-all, his clumsy lies -- which he mostly spits out off the cuff for
fear of having his encyclopaedic ignorance exposed -- crumble under a bare minimum of
scrutiny. He's a living paradox; a sexual predator who masquerades as an upstanding
moralist, and an arrogant, slander-spewing bully whose own ego is of such crystaline
fragility that any criticism directed towards him -- no matter how mild or undeniable --
is grounds for launching all out war.
During the October 19 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann awarded Fox News' Bill O'Reilly the "bronze" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for, as Media Matters for America documented, O'Reilly's response to criticism from guest Bernie Goldberg for not challenging right-wing pundit Ann Coulter during her October 15 appearance on O'Reilly's program. In his appearance with Coulter, O'Reilly stated, "I don't even care, to tell you the truth," about comments she had made the previous week on CNBC's The Big Idea to host Donny Deutsch that "we" Christians "just want Jews to be perfected." Olbermann stated: "Even the endlessly belligerent Bernard Goldberg noticed that O'Reilly continues to go nuts over perceived slights against Catholics and Christmas, even the slights which only exist inside his own head." Olbermann continued: "But when Coulter-Geist came on, he didn't even suggest from a devil's advocate point of view that talking about perfecting the Jews might have been a bad idea." Olbermann then said: " 'I was waiting,' Goldberg said, 'for you two to French kiss.' Contain your nausea. Bill-O defended himself by saying he wasn't going to debate theology with a non-theologian, whereupon Goldberg said, 'Then don't have her on.' Whereupon Billy's head exploded."
From the October 19 edition of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:
"I think everybody's got to relax on all this gay stuff." -- Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, August 15, 2007
From his suggestion that the "secular progressive movement" would like to have "poly-amorphous" marriage ("you can marry 18 people, you can marry a duck") to his statement that it would be "insane" and "inappropriate" to "cluster" gays near children, Bill O' Reilly has never been one to "relax on all this gay stuff."
When O'Reilly isn't dishing the homophobia himself, he's giving others a platform on his show to bash the LGBT community -- featuring guests like Marc Rudov, who recently advanced the bogus notion that "promoting a homosexual lifestyle" of gays and lesbians would cause "long-term consequences for children," that like a brain tumor, may take years to diagnose:
Fox News and O'Reilly use the topic of same-sex couples and their families to promote his show and incite fear of the LGBT community. Never was this practice more clear than when Fox used footage from Rosie O'Donnell's cruise for gay and lesbian couples and their families to promote an upcoming edition of the Factor. The promo raised the question: "Is the media celebrating gay culture?" You can probably guess what the answer was.
Of course, we all know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to O'Reilly and his attacks on the LGBT community.
Last October on his nationally syndicated radio program, The Radio Factor, O'Reilly began a multi-day tirade against Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and her popular Potter character, Dumbledore. During a promotion for his television program on his radio show, he said: "We're also gonna tell you about Harry Potter and the gay agenda. Apparently that's goin' on." That night on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, he asked "Why have a gathering of Potter aficionados and then drop the gay bomb on them? Why do that? ... She did it to provoke. I think this is a provocateur." The next night he escalated the rhetoric even further when he said that:
After his guest, comedian Dennis Miller, pushed back by stating that children could not be indoctrinated into being gay, O'Reilly replied, "No, but tolerance. It's -- you know, he's not going to be gay, but it's tolerance of it."
Media Matters has documented numerous instances in which O'Reilly has attacked the LGBT community. Here are just three, but you can see the litany of his misinformation and attacks on the LGBT community at the end of this email:
It's time to tell O'Reilly and Fox News that enough is enough; if anyone should "relax on all this gay stuff," it's Bill O'Reilly. I hope you'll take a moment to contact Fox News and The O'Reilly Factor today and make sure your voice is heard.
O'REILLY SETTLES SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT
"This brutal ordeal is now officially over, and I will never speak of it again," O'Reilly, 55, said on Thursday night's edition of his talk show, "The O'Reilly Factor."
Of course he won't -- unless he wants Makris's attorneys' to release the audio tapes!
Andrea Mackris, 33, a former producer on "Factor," had filed a lawsuit against O'Reilly on Oct. 13, alleging he made a series of explicit phone calls to her, advised her to use a vibrator and told her about sexual fantasies involving her.
Several days after filing her sexual harassment suit, Mackris filed amended court papers, claiming that Fox had violated her rights under New York state law by firing her after she complained about being sexually harassed. Fox denied Mackris had been fired, saying she had simply stopped coming to work. (sure she wasn't fired)
Hush money paid! So much for the no spin zone from big Bill
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