Friday, January 28, 2011

Bill O'Reilly's defense

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Bill O'Reilly Defends His Nazi Analogies
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O'Reilly doesn't get it. Why he declared the Huffington Post to the Nazis is immaterial to Jon Stewart's point, that Megyn Kelly was flat-out lying about the fact - this isn't even a close call - that Fox "News" does include that kind of rhetoric, and all the time, too.

But Stewart doesn't let it go at that, of course. He actually looks into O'Reilly's claim, only to find that the Fox "News" star is blaming the Huntington Post for an anonymous comment on a blog! Heh, heh. Can you get any more ridiculous than that?

O'Reilly just told his viewers that "this appeared on the Huffington Post." He implies that this was something they published, perhaps something one of their columnists wrote. It was an anonymous comment on a blog! Heck, it could have been O'Reilly himself, setting up his evening program, for all we know.

And O'Reilly claims, from this, that "my comparison to the vile Nazi propaganda machine is dead on." Er, what? This is exactly the opposite, in fact. It's a blog that lets anyone comment, without censorship - kind of like this blog. You don't even have to use your real name.

You can say these things, anonymously, and the Huffington Post won't censor you. You can even praise the Reagans, if you want - or Bill O'Reilly himself, for that matter - without fear of censorship. It's a wide-open forum for debate. And that is like the Nazi propaganda machine? Really?

I don't like the Huffington Post - they're so enamored with pseudo-scientific woo that I don't even want to link to them - but this claim is just insane. And it's not only insane, it's dishonest. Look at the facts. O'Reilly himself is behaving far more like the Nazi propaganda machine than the Huffington Post.

O'Reilly says, "You can make the call on that." Well, his viewers tend to be elderly, and I wonder how many of them even know what a blog is. But that hardly matters, because he was careful not to give them that information anyway. He deliberately mislead his audience into thinking this was something written by the Huffington Post.

Yeah, someone at Fox "News" deliberately misleading his viewers. Wow, there's a shocker, huh?

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