by Scoobie Davis
Do I have my head on straight or what?
In case you missed it, over the past week or so, Bill O’Reilly has been attempting to portray the publication of books by members of the left (which he calls “defamation books”) as a coordinated dirty tricks operation similar to the Nixon plumber's unit. “So we’re talking about a really dangerous trend,” O’Reilly warned radio listeners today, “where the folks are going to be watching this brutal thing play out and a lot of people who are not well informed are going to be forming impressions based on rank propaganda, defamation, and slander and libel and nobody’s there to stop it.” I assumed that when O’Reilly referred to the smear books, he was referring to recent books by Joe Conason, David Corn, Michael Moore, Molly Ivins, and, of course, Al Franken. O’Reilly has been very vague about the specifics of this “unprecedented” dirty tricks operations such as some of the alleged slanders by these authors.
Last week, I called his radio show (scroll down to my 11/13 post) and tried to address how his current and former colleagues (namely Roger Ailes, Christopher Ruddy, and Joseph Farah) were involved in a real and unprecedented dirty tricks operation that involved transparently false allegations—such as the infamous “Clinton Body Count” and various paranoid conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Vince Foster. Unfortunately, with his mute button, O’Reilly sealed off discussion before it could begin (what a pussy).
What is ironic is that today O’Reilly pooh-poohed Scaife. He also made the astounding claim that Farah’s WorldNetDaily and Ruddy’s NewsMax (both run by Scaife-paid operatives who instigated Vince Foster hysteria and the Clinton Body Count—e.g., click here) were tame compared to left-wing web sites.
If you think this is wrong, call O’Reilly at 212- 301-3697 and tell him what you think. One phone call is all I ask.