8 comments April 23rd, 2007at 07:42pm Posted by Eli

Bill O’Reilly continues to be a lying bastard:

On April 13, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly appeared on RTE One’s The Late Late Show, a talk show based in Dublin, Ireland. During the interview, host Pat Kenny asked O’Reilly about his previous references to the poor as “irresponsible and lazy” and the Iraqi people as “prehistoric.” When Kenny said that he found both remarks on Media Matters for America‘s website, O’Reilly responded by attacking Media Matters as “an assassination website” and a “far-left propaganda thing.” O’Reilly further claimed that he didn’t “remember saying” either of the statements pointed out by Kenny and added that Media Matters takes him “out of context.” However, Media Matters provided documentation of O’Reilly referring to the poor as “irresponsible and lazy” and the Iraqi people as “prehistoric.”

During the April 13 interview, Kenny asked O’Reilly about what Kenny called O’Reilly’s “advice to the poor”: “It’s hard to do it because you’ve got to look people in the eye and tell them they’re irresponsible and lazy, and who’s going to do that?” When O’Reilly asked, “Well, where did you get that? Because I don’t remember saying that.” Kenny responded, “We got it off the website.” O’Reilly quickly lashed out, saying, “OK. The website you got it off is called Media Matters, which is an assassination website. It’s a far-left propaganda thing. … They’ll take two, three sentences; they’ll put it on out of context.” O’Reilly added: “[B]e very careful when buying into the American website factory, because they’re set up to assassinate people with whom they disagree. That’s where you got it, and we know that game. They play it all the time.”

The thing is, regardless of their political leanings, Media Matters is never anything less than completely factual when they make these “attacks.” They provide ample context (if you follow the link, you will see that O’Reilly quotes are actually even worse in context), and they even provide audio or video clips. So unless Bill wants to make the claim that Media Matters is actually doctoring the clips and transcripts (only a matter of time, I suppose), then he really doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

Media Matters being liberal does not make their facts any less true than anyone else’s, and every right-wing freaks like O’Reilly or Melanie Morgan or Michael Savage get caught being the twisted monsters they are, all they can do is wail about how they were taken “out of context” (like there’s a context in which calling poor people “irresponsible and lazy” and Iraqis “prehistoric” is perfectly okay) and how Media Matters has a vendetta against them. But even if MM does have a vendetta against them (and I really couldn’t blame them if they did), it doesn’t change the fact that these professional hatemongers say vile, awful things all the time.

If you don’t want Media Matters to make you look like a bigoted asshole, then don’t act like one on the air. If you’re supposedly members of the party of personal responsibility (ha), then you should be prepared to take responsibility for all your public utterances, for which you are well compensated, and which, I might add, go out over publicly-owned airwaves.

Oh, and it’s so lovely to see that Bill is picking up right where the equally charming Melanie Morgan left off in terms of making this sound like some kind of life-or-death struggle, like Media Matters literally has a gun to their heads. I dunno, maybe this is really the only language they know how to speak. But if they want to dwell in that idiom where having their own words thrown back at them is the same as having a gun pointed at them, then I have to ask: Who loaded it?

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  • 1. LJ/Aquaria  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    That Media Matters has all these blowhards foaming at the mouth is all the more reason to know that it’s on the right track. These asshats wouldn’t be all rabid if they weren’t taking hard hits over this stuff.

    What I most like about MM is that it keeps these guys on the defensive. The more time they’re wasting with defending themselves, the less time they have to disseminate the GOP talking points du jour.

    Win/win, as the 7 Habits crowd would call it.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    What amazes me is that other than their columns (which aren’t really the issue), MM really doesn’t do much other than simply point out what these crazy assholes said. *In* context, *with* proof.

    There’s really no way to rebut their own words, other than to deny them or claim vendetta.

    Or, alternatively, they could just stop being assholes, but then they would cease to be useful, or employed.

  • 3. charley  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    as Imus would have said “you gotta look at the context”. which is no doubt why he was fired. i’d have been much happier if it had started with some of the ignorant blowhards mentioned in your post. time will tell.

    if i’m not mistaken Media Matters was started by David Brock, who used to be a right-wing assassin of liberals, using the stilted and disingenuous technique of pulling comments out of context so familiar on the right, poetic justice . and in my time of looking at Media Matters i’ve not ever seen them not provide full context, and a transcript.

    and now i’m hearing Harry Reid is a leftist. who knew?

  • 4. Spear and Magic  |  April 24th, 2007 at 12:19 am

    That transcript shows O’Reilly whining about how American public figures like him have a hard time suing for defamation, and then using that to call for tort reform. What a joke. I thought that the conservative “tort reform” agenda was supposed to make it harder to bring or win baseless suits.

  • 5. LJ/Aquaria  |  April 24th, 2007 at 4:20 am


    I agree entirely that MM doesn’t give them any wriggle room to do much in response. Did they or did they not say X? Well, let’s look at the transcript. Not just the exact phrase that gets people riled up, but put it right in the middle of what was said. A great big chunk of the bloviation.

    Which is what is great about MM. Sometimes Brock& Co can be a bit nitpicky, they’ve had a few rare instances of maybe getting too bent out of shape about some remark, but overall, they string up the cretins with their own words. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.

    Spear & Magic: Hon, a lawsuit isn’ baseless when a conservative files one. It’s only baseless when one is filed against them.

  • 6. Eli  |  April 24th, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Yep, Brock was a right-wing asshole, and now he’s atoning for it. I’d say he’s doing a much better job at it than, say, Matthew Dowd.

    Apparently the purpose of tort reform is to make it harder for the little guy to sue the big guy, but *easier* for the big guy to sue the little guy. Gotta have that wealth redistribution running in the right direction.

    In all seriousness, I’m not sure what law it is that’s “preventing” BillO from suing, unless it’s that whole truth-is-a-defense-against-libel thing. Come to think of it, maybe that *should* be repealed, because it gives the Democrats an unfair advantage.

  • 7. PoliShifter  |  April 24th, 2007 at 11:42 am

    It’s very effective for Bill to poison the well so his hardcore base won’t even bother to do any fact checking. Bill knows that a good chunk of his faithfull, if they knew that he really was such a huge asshole, they would no longer tune in.

    It’s unfortunate though. I wish David Brock would be able to counter on such a large scale as O’Reilly can smear. Perhaps Olbermann will have him on some time to run down all the O’Reilly bullshit.

    O’Reilly reminds me of that propaganda minister in V for Vendetta. The one that was always on the TV screaming at everyone.

  • 8. Eli  |  April 24th, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Bill knows that a good chunk of his faithfull, if they knew that he really was such a huge asshole, they would no longer tune in.

    They’re watching the same shows MM is. They’re okay with it, at least as they’re watching it.

    So either they’re completely out of touch with common decency, or they think the same way he does and are grateful for the affirmation. The two are not necessarily exclusive, of course.

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