Given up true journalism after leaving CBS, O’Reilly seemed to hit his stride in the ego enhancement that is conservative talk radio. Taking a rule book from Rush Limbaugh: Forget fact checking and the truth, and even more importantly make your program a circus that is totally geared to make money.
And then when Fox comes along and makes him their little whore, well, it was match made in Heaven.
The important thing to remember when viewing O’Reilly’s show: he really doesn’t care about the issues. He cares that his demographic cares. Dixie chicks? No, never cared about them. But his demographic despises any critique, true or not, of President Bush. So he went after them.
With Dr. George Tiller, O’Reilly’s on going slander and name calling(which i reciprocate here rather liberally) of this man. His demographic needed him again. And again. And after Tiller was assassinated? He blamed Joan Walsh of Salon? It is not that he hates Joan Walsh or even Dr. Tiller, but having Joan Walsh on his show so he could treat her like a whore, made his show and his demographic rise.
There is no doubt he is a good business man, amassing a fortune on the body of Dr. Tiller, and others. And it’s always fascinating to watch someone that spends so much time pandering to an audience that is too dull to see through him.
On the Aug. 19 Episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart points out the ironic shift reflected in Fox News. Supporting people at the health care town halls, yet mocking and ridiculing Iraq protesters years previously. They are liberals now.
I think it’s important to point out that Bill O’Reily is a very well educated man. He has a masters degree in both public Administration and broadcast journalism. The fact he can use gutter language, paparazzi techniques and yelling pointlessly at his guest, is sort of misleading. He seems quite aware of his lowered level and ultimate decaying journalism. If you had seen the man in the early 1980’s, would you have recognised him?
But what you see now is a man that decided to take the check. He took the money and damned any qualifications for journalistic standards.
And what is so telling when he tries to mock a mocker like Jon Steward? He is not talking to all of us, but the poor sheep; yes his demographics that do not have a clue to what irony and hypocrisy-laced humor might be.
It is not doubt that O’Reilly knows exactly what Steward was saying. But to admit to that would bring down his rating. Now why would he do that?
Bill O’Reilly makes the case for the pocket book. This is no dummy, he just “acts” like one on TV.