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SPLC Pres Says Bill O’Reilly Owes $10,000 For Lost Bet

Bill O’Reilly and Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) President J. Richard Cohen talked about Lou Dobbs this summer and in the course of their discussion a bet was (sorta) made. Now that Dobbs has been canned, it appears O’Reilly should pay up…

O’REILLY: CNN is never going to fire him, you know that…

COHEN: I’m not quite as cynical as you are Bill. I think that if enough people speak out, CNN will listen and be more responsible in the future.

O’REILLY: You wanna bet?…I’ve got ten grand for Habitat for Humanity on the table if you wanna bet me.

COHEN: How about ten grand for the Southern Poverty Law Center?

O’REILLY: But I’m not going to take your money. There’s no real bet there — he’s not going to get fired.

Cohen posted on the SPLCenter blog, “You lost the bet. Time to pay up!” Later on in the post, he stated, “I think that if you’ll stop spinning for a moment, you’ll agree that in the court of public opinion, you lose.”

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Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Care About the Constitution

As far as the 9/11 trials go, when it doesn’t support his view, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t care about the Constitution. At least, that’s what he told Fox News‘ Judge Andrew Napolitano. In response to Napolitano’s accurate assertion that the Constitution provides the right to be tried in the location where the crime was committed, O’Reilly stated, “I don’t care about the Constitution!”

O’REILLY: So why is he entitled to come to New York City to be tried in the civilian criminal court if he’s arrested in Pakistan?

NAPOLITANO: Because the document you don’t want me to talk about says when the government is going to prosecute you, it must do so in the place where the alleged harm was caused.

Here is Article 3, Section 2 of the United States Constitution:

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

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5th Anniversary of Bill O’Reilly’s Sexual Harassment Settlement

Five years ago today Bill O’Reilly settled the sexual harassment law suit against him.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Research of Limbaugh’s Race Baiting

Make that lack of research…

Bill O’Reilly claims that “[f]air-minded Americans know that playing the race card is easy and hateful. The only thing we can find about Rush Limbaugh is that he thinks quarterback Donovan McNabb is overrated by some people who want black quarterbacks to succeed.” O’Reilly needs to fire his research staff, or learn to use Google himself… Here’s what he should have found, and aired, if he wanted to be “fair and balanced:”

Not only does O’Reilly prove that his research is biased, inept, or nonexistent, he distorted reality in regarding to Media Matters For America’s reporting of O’Reilly’s own comments.

OREILLY: Now, I’ve been through this. A couple years ago, I said on the radio that having dinner in Harlem at Sylvia’s Restaurant was the same as having dinner anywhere in America. The context was my grandmother, who was very afraid of blacks, even though she never even met a black person. Her fear was irrational. And I made that point quite clearly.

But the vicious website Media Matters put forth I was denigrating a black-owned restaurant. And some people actually believed it without even listening to the radio broadcast, which I posted on billoreilly.com so everybody could hear it. Well, there goes my NFL career.

Actually, MMFA provided the audio and transcript. Here’s what O’Reilly said about Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem:

And I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.

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Selective Memories of Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume

White House communications director Anita Dunn called Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party.” Apparently, in reponse to this, Bill O’Reilly and Brit Hume desperately tried to convince their audience of something else…

O’REILLY: Now you and I came up in the old school, where we were taught as a reporter you should be skeptical of everybody. I mean, that’s your job as a reporter.

HUME: Right.

O’REILLY: To be skeptical, skeptical of the Democrats, skeptical of the Republicans. It doesn’t really matter. And I have to say that when President Bush was in trouble in Iraq, this network and this program and your program, as well, routinely, routinely hammered President Bush on Iraq.

HUME: Well, we certainly — we were very faithful about covering all the bad news that came out of Iraq.

O’REILLY: Absolutely.

If by “hammered” O’Reilly means promoted the falsehoods that convinced 80% of those who relied on Fox News of why we went to war with Iraq, then sure. When other networks reported on violence, O’Reilly said it was “because they want to embarrass the Bush administration” and that reporting on daily bombings had “little news value.”

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Richard Dawkins Takes on Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Warped Logic’

You’ve got to enjoy a clip of a Bill O’Reilly interview in which the guest is prepared for O’Reilly belligerent ranting and raving. Between calling Dawkins a Fascist and that there are people much smarter than him who disagree with Dawkins’ point of view, O’Reilly really comes off as a jerk, not a “journalist.” But, really, that’s nothing new…

DAWKINS: Science is, at least, working on the problem.

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O’REILLY: “Science doesn’t advance the human condition in any moralistic way”

Look at Dawkins’ reaction to that statement (see 1:45 to 1:52). Of course, science has little to do with morality, aside from allowing us to make informed and ethical decisions, but has advanced the human condition in many ways i.e. sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health. Also, check out Dawkins telling O’Reilly to stop shouting at him at about 3:50 into the video.

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Charles Barkley Slams Bill O’Reilly & Glenn Beck

While discussing Alabama’s current political and economic needs and its future, Charles Barkley had this to say about Fox News Channel‘s Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck:

“I just feel so bad for poor people in this country,” Barkley said. “They’re like pawns in a game that they have no control. I wish they were smart enough to understand that instead of watching television and listening to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs.

“I wish they had their own brain and would realize that these people have sold their souls.”

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Bill O’Reilly Endorses Public Health Care Option

Here’s something you don’t see every day… A Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, endorsing a public health care option.

O’REILLY: The public option now is done. We discussed this, it’s not going to happen. But you say that this little marketplace that they’re going to set up, whereby the federal government would subsidize insurance for some Americans, that is, in your opinion, a public option?

OWCHARENKO: Well, it has massive new federal regulation. So you don’t necessarily need a public option if the federal government is going to control and regulate the type of health insurance that Americans can buy.

O’REILLY: But you know, I want that, Ms. Owcharenko. I want that. I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.

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New Lists of Sponsors Added (Show Specific)

You can now find some show-specific lists of sponsors for The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends and the Glenn Beck Show at the pages below.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Support of ‘Czars’ Under Bush

Rounding out today’s stories about so-called “czars” is a history lesson involving Bill O’Reilly. Everyone from the O’Reilly Factor guest-host Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck to Sean Hannity to Fox & Friends is on the attack against “czars” under the Obama Administration, regardless of the fact that many of the positions existed under previous administrations, they’re confirmed by the Senate, or that they are simply advisers. What did Bill O’Reilly have to say in 2001 & 2002? Let’s take a look…

O’REILLY (October 4, 2001): Yeah, there should be somebody appointed by the federal government, a disaster relief victims family czar, to do it.

O’REILLY (October 21, 2001): So things are moving in the right direction, but are still far too chaotic. Talking Points continues to ask for the appointment of a charity czar to coordinate all the money and organizations.

O’REILLY (March 13, 2002): A presidential counsel should be appointed immigration czar and clean out the INS once and for all. This pitiful government agency has put all of us in danger. It simply does not perform, and all the excuses in the world don’t cut it. Shut it down, start again. The INS is a dangerous failure.

O’REILLY (June 11, 2002): It’s time for Congress to act and for the president to appoint a charity czar to oversee the money and hold the charities accountable.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Poll – Where’s Fox News?

Bill O’Reilly‘s web site currently has a poll asking, “Which news agency do you trust the least?” Fox News Channel is conveniently missing…

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Major Garrett Misquotes Obama on The O’Reilly Factor

You may recall back in June when President Obama slammed Fox News for consistently attacking him. On Monday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Major Garrett discussed this:

GARRETT: As to the strategy now, I would say it’s not a strategy now other than the one time the president mentioned it in the White House, when he was interviewed by John Harwood of CNBC, and he specifically labeled us as a network that wasn’t adequately favorable to him. That was the way he put it.

O’REILLY: No, that’s ridiculous. I mean, no network should be favorable to President Obama. It’s our job to be skeptical of the powerful.

Actually, this is the quote from Obama:

OBAMA: It’s very hard for me to swallow that one. First of all, I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration. I mean, you know, that’s a pretty –

HARWOOD: I assume you’re talking about Fox.

OBAMA: Well, that’s a pretty big megaphone. And you’d be hard-pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.

See the difference?

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Stephen Colbert Addresses Glenn Beck’s ‘Hatred For Logic’

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report blasted President Obama for taking sides in what he equated to farts – things that shouldn’t be discussed… Colbert then took on Glenn Beck over his comments about Obama being a racist, questioning Beck’s logic.

COLBERT: Right, that’s not saying [Obama] dislikes white people. He’s saying that he has a deep-seated hatred for them… Like how Beck likes arguing but has a deep-seated hatred for logic.”

Colbert also mentioned Bill O’Reilly:

O’REILLY: I’m just not gonna talk about race with black people unless I know them very, very well.

COLBERT: In other words, he’s not gonna talk about race.

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Bill O’Reilly Debates Michael Jackson’s Blackness & Icon Status

Bill O’Reilly, apparently, needed to further prove his racist tendencies, so he went on a bitter, hate-fueled, rant about the deceased Michael Jackson and Jackson’s grieving fans. Granted, the media coverage has been extreme, but what O’Reilly says is pretty disgusting in this debate with Columbia University professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

O’REILLY: Okay, then why is he being held up by the African-American community as a pillar of black America when he blanches his skin? [...]

But answer me this, if he is such a black American icon, why did he have his kids with white men?

HILL: That’s a personal matter. That doesn’t make him less black. There’s no blackness meter here. You don’t become less black when you have a white kid.

O’REILLY: You don’t become an African-American icon when you do something like that.

HILL: No, you become an African-American icon for producing the greatest music and being the greatest entertainer ever for being extraordinary humanitarian and for.

O’REILLY: No. You just become an American icon for that, not a black American icon. [...]

HILL: It’s not — oh, he is an American idol — icon. He is quintessentially American, but he’s also undeniably black. You can’t take black from him just because he has white kids.

Who the hell is Bill O’Reilly to tell anyone who can or cannot be their icons? He seems to think he has some right, or ability, to speak for black people, regardless of whether or not race was a factor in the memorial(s) and tribute(s). The only person who made this a racial issue was Bill O’Reilly.

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Geraldo Rivera & Bill O’Reilly Discuss Approving Vigilantism

Bill O’Reilly, one would hope, may have learned something about not projecting the idea of vigilante justice, but Geraldo Rivera may want to think about not following in O’Reilly’s footsteps. While discussing the extremely questionable one year sentence handed down to child rapist, David Earls, Rivera gets extremely close, if not over the line, to suggesting that it’s okay for someone to leave Earls to be “found sometime on a country road.”

O’REILLY: If Earls ever walks out of jail and gets killed, who are they going to blame?

RIVERA: … I can only tell you ladies and gentlemen, that I will not weep if something happens to David Earls. I do not encourage vigilantism. I think it is something that puts your own life at risk. I do not advise it, I do not counsel it. I will not, however, weep if David Earls is found sometime on a country road.

O’REILLY: We obviously don’t want anyone to do anything. That would be as morally wrong as what Earls did—to take Earls’ life. You can’t do that.

RIVERA: I don’t agree quite with your moral reasoning. You’re more moral than I am.

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