by Scoobie Davis
Bill O’Reilly: Hack
Yesterday and today, I listened to O’Reilly’s radio show. Okay, he’s a dick but he’s logic magnet compared to El Rushbo. O’Reilly expressed disbelief that Bush would have clamp down on freedom of information. Sounding like a true populist, he pointed out that Bush, unlike Clinton, was not capable of being corrupted by money since he was born wealthy. Apparently, O’Reilly and the boys at Fox News aren’t familiar with the latest revelations about Bush’s exploits with Harken. Also, O’Reilly and the Fox gang are unaware that George W. Bush’s entire business career was one in which he was a major league doofus who was bailed out by friends of Daddykins (unlike with the Rich pardon, O’Reilly won’t ask if there was a quid pro quo with these questionable business arrangements). The working-class son of an accountant did have some challenging observations about the legal gifts Bill and Hillary Clinton received: “[It’s] unbelievable. Unbelievable. All the stuff that people gave them and they don’t tell us about it. I don’t want to be petty about it.”
The problem is that he has been petty about it. Today was not much better. O’Reilly lambasted Harry Belafonte on his comments on Colin Powell. O’Reilly ranted, “When you make personal attacks on people, you lose credibility.” Was O’Reilly asleep during the 1990’s attack on the Clintons? This includes his boss at the “Fair and Balanced” network, Roger Ailes who was a proponent of the Vince Foster conspiracy theories; according to Ailes, "The guy who's been doing an excellent job for the New York Post [discredited Scaife mouthpiece Chris Ruddy]...for the first time on the Rush Limbaugh show said that...he did not believe it was suicide.... Now, I don't have any evidence.... These people are very good at hiding or destroying evidence." Hell, if Faux News and O’Reilly were concerned about credibility, then why do they have discredited Moonie “journalist” Bill Sammon (see my 9/29 post) on their shows as a commentator?