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Friday, September 23, 2005

O'Reilly the coward

If I had to pick an easy answer as to why I don't like Bill O'Reilly, I'd say it was the lying. But that's too easy. So let me try to delve a little deeper.

I think it all comes down to one very simple fact: O'Reilly's a coward.

Now bear with me: this is not a reasonless ad hominem attack. I am not calling O'Reilly a name just to call him a name. On his TV show, he shouts people down, he spins about the person after they've left his show, and he lies to protect himself. After he has chosen an argument, he'll carry on with it until the bitter end. Freedom of thought is not big in O'Reilly's world. And in my book, that makes him a coward.

For example, take the Jeremy Glick interview. Now this site is clearly biased against O'Reilly, but if you just read the transcript, I think you can make your own judgements. O'Reilly bullied this young man in a disgusting way. For more information on this, read here.

And now this most recent event.

Let me preface this by saying I've never had any interest in Phil Donahue whatsoever. He had a sensational TV show and that was all I knew about him. (I'll admit that I hadn't known he was a liberal and interested in women's rights until today).

But when I saw this video, I was impressed. O'Reilly bullies a lot of people, but Donahue did not allow himself to be bullied. He stayed on track, and he stayed strong. I was really impressed with him.

This was a display of strength on Donahue's part.

So, of course, O'Reilly got scared. He banned Donahue from ever returning to his show.

O'Reilly has said about this:

"There are two rules for guests here on 'The Factor.' No slander and no personal accusations without facts to back them up. If the guest violates those rules, they are scolded by me and will not be invited back. And only a few have violated the rules. [link]

As you can probably see, O'Reilly's struggling to regain power. He claims that Donahue "denigrated his nephew" when Donahue said to Bill, "You wouldn't send your children to this war, Bill." [link to transcript] Donahue did nothing of the sort. He made a statement that was a true statement. And does O'Reilly really think he can take credit for his nephew's choice?

Donahue challenged O'Reilly, and O'Reilly acted like a true coward. He runs his little world, his show, and when this control is threatened, he reacts violently and cowardly. For this reason, I think Bill O'Reilly is an example of a truly unsavory human.

But I will say this - Phil Donahue's gained a fan with me.


Anonymous thelatinist said...

Wow. That was beautiful. Donahue always did have a really good show which was never trashy and was always insightful. We need more people with his strength and fearlessness.

2:08 AM

Blogger Harper said...

That makes me feel good, Latinist. I never watched his show, so I didn't know how sensational or okay or not it was.

7:22 AM

Anonymous thelatinist said...

I think you'd be happy to read this article on his career. Donahue's show was controversial in large part because his program rejected the mundane and stereotyped topics usual in programming aimed at women in the 1960's in favor of more controversial (and political) ones including reproductive rights, religion, and AIDs.

Even when audience tastes tended toward the more sensation in the late 80's and early 90's, he always balanced it with serious and important topics and insightful commentary.

9:15 AM


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