1. O'Reilly vs. NPR

    brian on 2003.10.09
    at 12:54 am

    Bill O’Reilly has a new book out. He did an interview with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air to promote it. NPR has posted the entire, uncut interview on their site (WindowsMedia format). O’Reilly is claiming the interviewer attacked him, while weeks ago when she interviewed Al Franken (who wrote a satirical book taking figures like O’Reilly to task) she didn’t attack him.

    Well I listened to the entire interview, which O’Reilly claims is just another case of the liberal media’s bias, and I fail to see her attacks. She asked interesting questions about his personal beliefs about religion and state relations, Vietnam, his relations with his father, the environment, and other topics. Granted, she certainly doesn’t give him a free pass, nor did she attempt to sell his book, but I thought the interview was actually very good. While Gross took a congenial tone the entire time, O’Reilly assumed his typical rottweiler tone, even on the most straight forward questions, acting as if you don’t see things his way, then you are quite plainly a “pinhead.” O’Reilly’s childish antics ended the interview early, by taking his toys and going home. These can be heard past the 38 minute mark.

    O’Reilly got super defensive when Gross attempted to read an excerpt of a review of O’Reilly’s book that O’Reilly didn’t favor. This lead to his accusations of being attacked. Anything that disagrees with O’Reilly is a personal attack against him, which is “what’s wrong with this country” and you will be then labeled a “pinhead” on his show the next day. Oh, the irony. He really has no idea…

    By the way, only paying members can comment on O’Reilly’s site. that should ensure no dissenting opinions nicely. Sounds “fair and balanced” to me.

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