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Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:24 AM

Bill O'Reilly Complains About Americans Being 'Self-Absorbed and Ignorant'

via Crooks and Liars:

Pot, meet kettle.

Fox's Bill O'Reilly is very upset that many Americans can't answer the same questions that are asked of immigrants who take our citizenship test, and used his Talking Points Memo segment this Monday to rail about it.

This from the man who works for a network that literally makes their viewers dumber, that constantly rails against funding of public education in favor of school vouchers and charter schools, and who has been carrying water for the party that's responsible for getting rid of civics classes in our public schools to begin with.
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O’Reilly said America is in decline because so many citizens are not paying attention and are not interested in the welfare of the country.


O'Reilly's right about the problem. You'll never get him to admit his and his network's part in contributing to it though.

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Reply Bill O'Reilly Complains About Americans Being 'Self-Absorbed and Ignorant' (Original post)
JHB Feb 2014 OP
trublu992 Feb 2014 #1
okaawhatever Feb 2014 #2
modrepub Feb 2014 #6
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2014 #3
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Fumesucker Feb 2014 #15
edbermac Feb 2014 #4
JHB Feb 2014 #8
Skittles Feb 2014 #14
Fumesucker Feb 2014 #16
Cha Feb 2014 #22
mfcorey1 Feb 2014 #5
JHB Feb 2014 #7
progressoid Feb 2014 #10
MADem Feb 2014 #9
Octafish Feb 2014 #11
Gothmog Feb 2014 #12
lpbk2713 Feb 2014 #13
Fumesucker Feb 2014 #17
Rex Feb 2014 #18
1000words Feb 2014 #19
JoeyT Feb 2014 #20
Cha Feb 2014 #21

Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 04:37 AM

1. I'm glad he's starting to acknowledge some of his

many failings.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:00 AM

2. Very important paragraph in the first link:

For years, Stanford communications professor James Fishkin has been conducting experiments in deliberative democracy. The premise is simple: poll citizens on a major issue, blind; then see how their opinions evolve when they’re forced to confront the facts. What Fishkin has found is that while people start out with deep value disagreements over, say, government spending, they tend to agree on rational policy responses once they learn the ins and outs of the budget. “The problem is ignorance, not stupidity,” Hacker says. “We suffer from a lack of information rather than a lack of ability.” Whether that’s a treatable affliction or a terminal illness remains to be seen. But now’s the time to start searching for a cure.

You should read the first link. It's amazing what the statistics show about Americans understanding of things. The numbers on the budget explain a lot.

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 06:21 AM

6. Absolutely True

and there are very few people who'll admit that they have a complete lack of knowledge about what they are talking about. Read any online comment section and you'll see numerous people claim they know absolutely what's wrong based on a couple of hundred words or less from a third-party witness to the event (a reporter). As Nassim Taleb says, it's amazing how well the world works given how little we understanding we have of it.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 05:32 AM

3. I saw him on TV when he made this statement took a screenshot

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:40 AM

15. !

That's a teleprompter.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 06:01 AM

4. If they weren't self-absorbed and ignorant Bill, you wouldn't have an audience.

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Response to edbermac (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 06:27 AM

8. Psst! Hey fellas, How'd you like to get a good deal on some quality Semprini?

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Response to edbermac (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:33 AM

14. LOL

that picture is priceless

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Response to Skittles (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:43 AM

16. He looks ripe for an ass kicking, Skit



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Response to edbermac (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 04:13 AM

22. Funny and true.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 06:18 AM

5. This is a joke, right?

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Response to mfcorey1 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 06:22 AM

7. Like most of Billo's jokes, it's an unintentional one. n/t

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Response to mfcorey1 (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 07:49 AM

10. Bill is "The Onion" personified.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 07:14 AM

9. He's been gazing into his mirror, and he thinks what he sees there is "everyone." nt

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:22 AM

11. The guy IS an expert in those fields.

His passion, though, is faloofas.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 03:11 PM

12. O'Reilly is a classic example of projection and lacking any self awareness

O'Reilly is engage is a classic case of projection

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 03:15 PM

13. Bill, don't form a consensus opinion on the basis of what you see in Freepville.




That 1990's BBS style website was made for mouth breathers and is nothing like the real world.


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Response to JHB (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:45 AM

17. tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can't explain that.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:45 AM

18. Well then stop working for a company of self-absorbed

ignorant people!

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 12:45 AM

19. Damn ... gonna have to agree with O'Loofah this time.

I feel cheap.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 03:36 AM

20. That shaking and noise you all felt and heard

was every single irony meter on the planet exploding at the same time. Unfortunately, there's a good chance the residual irony from the comment will be so strong we may never be able to get one to function again.

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Response to JHB (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 04:12 AM

21. Might as well read.. "bill o'reilly projects that

Americans are self absorbed and Ignorant. " He wants to take credit for his audience.

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