Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bill O'Reilly has become completely untethered from reality

I guess between being mocked regularly in prime time by Keith Olberman and being mocked for his insane explosion behind the scenes at Inside Edition O'Reilly has completely lost it. Just listen to this ridiculous rant

All right. Be that as it may, the really interesting part of this story is the vast left-wing conspiracy in the media. Scott McClellan knows he's going to find plenty of sympathetic ears in the press. There's no doubt about it.

Since Iraq went south, a number of media vehicles have turned sharply left. We know about NBC News. And now we're seeing Newsweek magazine go crazy. Since John Meacham took over as editor, Newsweek has trashed Mother Teresa, hired the hateful founder of the Daily Kos, provided a cadre of far-left commentators to NBC, and generally lost all journalistic credibility. The result is that Newsweek's circulation is collapsing, down 11 percent in less than a year.

But — and this is important — there's no media counter for NBC News, Newsweek, The New York Times and dozens of other committed-left media. There's no right-wing media conspiracy. Conservatives generally aren't crazy about John McCain.
Says the guy who works for Fox News, a network run by a Republican political operative and former producer of Rush Limbaugh's tv show. A network that has hired Karl Rove* to offer "analysis" on a regular (indeed, nightly) basis. And yep, no counter to the "left-media" (aka media that isn't an arm of the GOP like Fox). Certainly not on the AM radio, you won't find any right-wing media there. And not at the Washington Times ... Also, nevermind establishment "Liberal Media" figures Mark Halperin and John Harris writing that "Matt Drudge rules our world."

Where do you even start to respond to someone this detached from reality as we know it - what he refers to as "the far left." He actually called MSNBC a "radical far left" organization last night.

Let's think about this for a second. The New York Times has William Kristol working for it. CNN HN has Glenn Beck. MSNBC hired Michael Savage after it fired Phil Donahue. Is there anything equivalent to this going on at Fox News or any of the other Murdoch owned media? Hell no. They'd have to hire Howard Zinn; or fire Hannity and replace him with Randi Rhodes. This is just pure lunancy on O'Reilly's part: does he not remember the ABC News debate where Obama had to answer questions fed to the moderator by Sean Hannity? Who in there right mind expects Fox News to host a debate and have one of the moderators ask a question fed to them by - hell, I don't even know who a left-wing equivalent in the media to Sean Hannity would be ... heck, let's say - Randi Rhodes?

And how stupid is this guy? "Conservatives" aren't crazy about John McCain because they are right-wing extremists who think he's TOO LIBERAL.

*Karl Rove being hired by Newsweek is also part of its left-wing tilt, apparently.


gawker said...

I am now at a point where I don't feel any animosity or loathing towards Bill. I actually pity him because I believe that he is not well. His behavior cannot be simply attributed to blind partisanship or ratings pandering. I have a feeling that it could be the onset of Alzheimer's, schizophrenia or some other kind of serious dementia. And the tragedy is that he will never see a doctor because his arrogance will preclude the possibility of him being sick. The old cliche about the mental patient laughing at the rest of the world. I just hope for his sake that at some point, someone in his family or production team has the courage to go up to him, give him a card with a phone number on it and ask him to get an appointment.

Hume's Ghost said...

I'm of the opinion that he's jumped into the deep end of self-justification as a means to waving away cognitive dissonance.

At this point he's so far he's weaved so many falsehoods and what not that he doesn't know how to acknowledge reality without losing his sense of self and self-worth.

I do think he needs anger management therapy, though.