On the September 27 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, while discussing media coverage of his recent controversial comments about race, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asserted: "These people aren't getting away with this. I'm going to go right where they live. Every corrupt media person in this country is on notice, right now. I'm coming after you." He went on to warn: "You smear somebody and you can't back it up, you're gonna get it. ... You go after somebody's family, you go after them and smear them with defamation that you can't back up, I'm coming to your house. I'm coming to your house. You'll have a camera up your nose. OK?" Later during the program, O'Reilly stated that newspapers such as The New York Times and the New York Daily News, "ran up to Harlem and they fed black Americans bogus quotes from Media Matters." Continuing, he said, "Now, the black Americans up there, they didn't listen to The Radio Factor. They didn't know this was coming from Media Matters. ... So, the reporter ... feeds them the quote, and of course they say bad things about me." O'Reilly called these newspapers' actions "the height of racism." Apparently referring to the media who he said "ran up to Harlem and ... fed black Americans bogus quotes from Media Matters," O'Reilly added, "f I could strangle these people and not go to hell and get executed ... I would -- but I can't. ... All I can do is expose them. And I will."
After warning "corrupt media" figures that they are "on notice," O'Reilly stated: "I'm coming after you. And I don't care if it's Bill O'Reilly, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama. Anybody smeared by any media from now on, I'm holding them accountable. I'm going to hunt you down. Got that?" He went on to tell listeners, "y campaign to hold the corrupt media responsible is going to help your life. Because no longer will these smear merchants be allowed to get away with it, as long as I'm in the chair. As long as I'm here, I'm hunting them down. And that means everybody." -snip- --------------------------
he has become drunk on himself and thinks and speaks garble
4. O'Reilly thinks he's big and bad, but Father Coughlin makes him look like a baby.
Coughlin, if people don't know, was a Catholic radio preacher in the 1920s/1930s. He was an anti-semite, was a supporter of FDR's New Deal before turning against FDR on the belief that FDR was a follower of socialism/Stalinism, and laced into his daily programs praises of the policies advocated by Hitler and Mussolini towards the end of the 1930s. His audience numbered a whopping 40,000,000 at his height.
.... Coughlin was highly critical of the government in the Soviet Union. He argued that the communist government had made divorce very easy and claimed these anti-family ideas were spreading to the United States. Coughlin called this process the "Bolshevism of America". He pointed out that more than two million men and women had obtained divorces in the last ten years and people had therefore "scorned the basic family and national doctrine of Jesus Christ."
Coughlin warned of the dangers of "socialism, communism, and kindred fallacious social and economic theories". Like Pope Leo XIII, Coughlin believed the best way of combating the appeal of these ideologies was the introduction of reforms that would make America a more equal society. This included industrialists paying their workers a "just and living wage" and "providing old age compensation insurance." He also denounced the greed and corruption of America's industrialists and warned about the dangers of the "concentration of wealth in the hands of the few." ....
Coughlin gradually grew disillusioned with Roosevelt and on 11th November, 1934, he announced the formation of the National Union of Social Justice. At this time some observers claimed that Father Coughlin was the second most important political figure in the United States. It was estimated that Coughlin's radio broadcasts were getting an audience of 30 million people. He was also having to employ twenty-six secretaries to deal with the 400,000 letters a week he was receiving from his listeners. ....
In the late 1930s Coughlin moved sharply to the right and accused Franklin D. Roosevelt of "leaning toward international socialism or sovietism". He also praised the actions of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in the fight against communism in Europe. On 20th November 1938, Coughlin defended the activities of the Nazi Government as a necessary defence against the Soviet Union.
Like Joseph Goebbels, Coughlin claimed that Marxist atheism in Europe was a Jewish plot. Coughlin also attacked the influence of Jews in America and this resulted in him being described as a fascist. In April 1941, Coughlin endorsed the America First Committee. However, his now open Anti-Semitism made this endorsement a mixed blessing for the organization. ....
Donald Warren. Charles Coughlin: The Father of Hate Radio. New York: The Free Press, 1996. ix + 376 pp. Illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. $27.50 (cloth), ISBN 0-684-82403-5. Reviewed by: Leslie Woodcock Tentler , University of Michigan-Dearborn.
.... Coughlin is alleged to have informed on fellow clergy to ecclesiastical superiors and to have been deeply disliked and distrusted by many priests as a result. Subsequent chapters allege that Coughlin was an inveterate womanizer. ....
Warren finds no credible evidence for Coughlin's famous claim that the Klan burned a cross at his Royal Oak church in 1926. ....
Father Coughlin first took to the airwaves in 1926, broadcasting weekly sermons over the radio. By the early 1930s the content of his broadcasts had shifted from theology to economics and politics. Just as the rest of the nation was obsessed by matters economic and political in the aftermath of the Depression, so too was Father Coughlin. Coughlin had a well-developed theory of what he termed "social justice," predicated on monetary "reforms." He began as an early Roosevelt supporter, coining a famous expression, that the nation's choice was between "Roosevelt or ruin." Later in the 1930s he turned against FDR and became one of the president's harshest critics. His program of "social justice" was a very radical challenge to capitalism and to many of the political institutions of his day. ....
Father Coughlin's influence on Depression-era America was enormous. Millions of Americans listened to his weekly radio broadcast. At the height of his popularity, one-third of the nation was tuned into his weekly broadcasts. In the early 1930s, Coughlin was, arguably, one of the most influential men in America. Although his core message was one of economic populism, his sermons also included attacks on prominent Jewish figures--attacks that many people considered evidence of anti-Semitism. His broadcasts became increasingly controversial for this reason, and in 1940 his superiors in the Catholic Church forced him to stop his broadcasts and return to his work as a parish priest.
5. Hypocrisy at work... Isn't he the KING of SMEAR campaigns and
lying... He's just an old-assed wind bag... used by the Bush Co., and now that people are waking up just a little bit from their fog, are no buying what he's selling. He's going down. Its only a matter of when?
with a dildo up his butt. Someone should run up to Harlem and "feed" them that. Then Des Moines. Then Denver. Tokyo. Cairo. Addis Ababa. Nevermind the racism, the world needs to know the man wears a buttplug. The only thing worse than opprobrium is ridicule. And Bill-o NEEDS ridiculing.
18. You do know that's actually not far off, correct?
Edited on Sun Sep-30-07 01:18 PM by riverdeep
"During the course of the dinner, O'REILLY repeatedly propositioned the women, singing the praises of telephone sex, offering to telephone them both, and suggesting that the three of them 'go to a hotel together and have the time of lives.' O'REILLY further suggested that the women needed to be trained so they'd be equipped and ready to go when a 'real man shows up in your lives,' and offered 'lessons'."
10. Does he think anyone really cares? I work with a guy that thinks Bill
spouts the wisdom and truth of an Old Testament prophet. Leo is hardly the smartest bulb in the pack. Thus he epitomizes the Bill O'Reilly follower, not really very smart but desperate to feel that he is. No judgement, full of prejudices and biases, and resistant to anyone trying to teach him anything or wise him up. Now, Leo's an okay guy (if you can overlook his ignorance), but he does get on my nerves after a short period of time. And he NEVER says anything remotely related to politics around me.
I was listening to Ricky Gervais (creator and star of the original "The Office" - producer of the American version, and star and creator of HBO's "Extras") during an interview on NPR. He was talking about the success of his "Extras" character on a horrible sitcom. So, this actor who had always been an extra finally hits the big time with a sitcom. Problem is, the sitcom is dreadful. The critics loathe it. And he knows it's crap. But. It's extremely successful. It has a laugh track and catch phrases and the "morons" as Gervais' character calls the fans, respond like Pavlov's dogs. So. He's a star but he hates himself because he doesn't respect himself and he knows the people he admires don't respect him. (David Bowie writes an incredibly funny, and cruel, about his character). That's O'Reilly. He is desperate -- you can see it -- for the respect of people who hate his show. I know in his heart of hearts, he knows his audience is morons. I remember seeing a clip when he rushed up to the Dixie Chicks, gushing about what a fan he is. He was coldly rebuffed. Afterall, he's the guy who frothed up his audience with daily rants against the Chicks. But, he wanted them to like him. Really like him. And he wants the liberal intelligentsia to like him, too. He wants to be Jon Stewart. He's not. He's a joke. And he knows it. That's why he's so angry.
17. Okay, O'reilly has now officially gone off the deep end
I honestly think this guy is a borderline serial killer. I don't think he ever actually would kill anybody, simply because he's too famous. But I think if the circumstances of his life had been a little different, and he hadn't ended up a big talk show blowhard, uh, I mean pundit, he very well might be keeping mom's corpse down in the basement while having conversations with himself in the mirror, constantly telling mother to "SHUT UP!"
He displays many psychotic tendencies. He's utterly paranoid that everybody is out to get him. He sees all of his actions as justified no matter who he steps on. And after dishing it out to others night after night on his show, the slightest slight to him and he literally flies off the handle. He can not empathize with others. He has committed sexual harassment and showed signs of stalker behavior. He accuses everyone else of doing the things he himself is most guilty of, like disrespecting women, falsely smearing people, making personal attacks, or lying and dishonesty. And he's probably the biggest rageoholic on TV right now.
Come to think of it, didn't O'Reilly write a book about a TV personality that murdered anybody who infringed on his rise to the top in teevee land? Hmmm...
23. In the OP, O'Reilly is quoted as saying that "the Black Americans up there" in Harlem
don't listen to his show so they didn't know that these quotes were coming from Media Matters.
But I distinctly remember him on his TV show, the night the story broke, when Bill-O was remarking how normal it was, that black people were sitting in the restaurant, having a good time, and ordering food, he said that "they all watch The Factor."
So which is it, Billy-Boy? Either they all watch/listen to the Factor, or none of them do?
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