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Bill O’Reilly doesn’t care about the Constitution to once again win the Media Putz

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Originally published on on November 19, 2009

Bill O’Reilly

Poor Bill O’Reilly.

Bill O spends his hour-long show spinning lies and deceit about the world around him, but lately, he has felt a little ignored and neglected. People started paying more attention to Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and yes, even Rupert Murdoch.

Heck, Keith Olbermann ignored him for most of the summer and O’Reilly hasn’t even won the Media Putz award since June 4. So like any spoiled child, O’Reilly knew he had to act out to get attention.

Mission accomplished!

O’Reilly and Fox “News” Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano were discussing on Tuesday the necessity to try terrorist suspects in New York City.

Napolitano: But it is not I who is saying it. It is the Constitution that is saying it.

O’Reilly: I don’t care about the Constitution.

Napolitano: I do.

O’Reilly: The Constitution isn’t here, you’re here. Don’t be a pinhead.

Just because the Constitution isn’t sitting in the studio with you, Bill, doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. Of course, this could be in the same GOP spirit of House Minority Leader John Boehner, who claimed he had the Constitution in his hands and was reading from it at Michele Bachmann’s Super Bowl of Paranoia. Then again, Boehner said he was quoting the Constitution but it was really was the Declaration of Independence. Oops.

When Glenn Beck is albeit temporarily the voice of reason, you know you’re headed for a certain award.

On Glenn Beck’s radio program, the two were recounting an O’Reilly-Dennis Miller conversation about an insurrection, er, tax revolt.

I think people, when they figure out how badly they’re going to get hurt in the next few years, there’s going to be a tea party on taxes and it’s gonna get nasty. Nancy Pelosi’s going to be bobbing up and down in the Boston Harbor.

Even Beck had to say, “Uh, I don’t think that’s necessary.”

Oh, and Bill, most of your audience makes so little money that their taxes won’t go up. But your taxes will go up. Then again, you’re severely overpaid.

This was also the week that O’Reilly decided to ask Lou Dobbs, of all people, whether President Barack Obama is the devil?

O’REILLY: All right. So you’ll be in the radio, you might come back to TV if the right circumstance presented itself, and you might run for office. Final question. Barack Obama, is he the devil?

DOBBS: He’s not the devil, but he is certainly a man who is right now not making it easy to understand why he’s making the public policy choices that he is. There has to be a better understanding from — and it can only result from his expression to the American people as to what is taking so long to come to a decision in Afghanistan, why it is so necessary to turn over a sixth of the economy to the United States government, which is not showered itself…

O’REILLY: Health care, right.

DOBBS: …with glory on any other sector…

O’REILLY: So you don’t think he’s a devil, but you think he’s mismanaging the country at this point?

DOBBS: I think that — absolutely.

A centrist — at best — president is seen by O’Reilly as an actual Devil so much so that he thinks it’s a fair question to ask Lou Dobbs. Even Dobbs knows the answer is “no.” Imagine what figure O’Reilly might consider a president who really was to the left of center.

And let’s not forget the upcoming “Bold & Fresh Tour” starring O’Reilly and Beck. And Beck is the opening act. Calling these two “bold” and “fresh” would be like saying an ideal diet starts with Baconnaise.

O’Reilly’s childish antics are a cry for help, as if he felt he had disappeared within the media landscape, like stealing a baby’s nose. But his destructive bent never went away. Now that O’Reilly feels ignored, his tantrums are going to get that much louder.

We don’t have a pacifier or a security blanket to soothe O’Reilly’s fears, but we do have this week’s Media Putz award for him.

Bill O’Reilly previously won the Media Putz on June 4, 2009, March 26, 2009, February 12, 2009, September 4, 2008, and July 5, 2007.


Written by democracysoup

November 19, 2009 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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