Virtually every single time that Bill O'Reilly attacks someone the very next day he goes out and does something that makes it very difficult not to suspect that he's waging somekind of elaborate deep undercover Sokal Hoax to demonstrate that Fox News has no professional standards.
Two days ago, O'Reilly said that he could see "no difference" between Arianna Huffington and Nazis because a some commenters - since deleted - said hateful things about not caring if (or even hoping that) Nancy Reagan died in response to this posting of a news wire report about Nancy Reagan being hospitalized.
When an obviously uncomfortable Mary Katherine Ham disagreed with O'Reilly's demonization of Huffington, O'Reilly said that Huffington and the Nazis are the same because "they both want people to die."
Ok, got that? If a commenter at HuffingtonPost says (s)he hopes Nancy Reagan dies that makes Arianna Huffington an extremist indistinguishable from the Nazis.
Fast foward to last night. O'Reilly had Melanie Morgan on his program to promote her Move America Foward organization. That's the same Melanie Morgan who is fine with sending New York Times editor Bill Keller "to the gas chamber" for treason. And the same Melanie Morgan who said that Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz "is ... a hypocritical cockroach. He needs to be stomped on and neutralized before he and his ilk can silence military support for the mission in Iraq." And the same Morgan who said that "We've got a bull's-eye painted on [Nancy Pelosi's] big, wide laughing eyes."
So Arianna Huffington having some unsolicited, unpromoted, since deleted hateful comments about Nancy Reagan on one of the posts of her website makes Huffington the same as Nazis and the KKK. But an unrepetant and unapologetic Melanie Morgan can advocate sending journalists who report uncomfortable truths about politicians she supports to gas chambers, can equate political opponents with cockroaches that need to be exterminated, and can mock and caricature the physical appearance of members of an opposition political party and joke about them being targets for assasination and she's still a perfectly fine and respectable person who is fit to be a recurring guest on the O'Reilly Factor.
O'Reilly's greatest enemy is not Keith Olberman or Media Matters or the S-P boogeyman. O'Reilly's greatest enemy is his own friggin' mouth.
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