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Bill O’Reilly Criticizes Freedom of the Press

While attempting to discredit a poll taken by the New York Times, Bill O’Reilly lets his true feelings about freedom of the press be known…

OREILLY: The most frustrating part about this is that nothing can be done. The Times has an ombudsman, but he’s a joke, and no outside agency has any power over the paper. It can pretty much do what it wants, and does.

How hypocritical considering Fox News’ history of regurgitating “news” from the GOP, while bad mouthing other networks every time they run a positive piece about Barack Obama. Of course, this is nothing new from O’Reilly… Here he is going ballistic about those media people he disagrees with:

O’REILLY: [T]here is a huge problem in this country and I’m going to attack that problem. I’m going to attack it. These people aren’t getting away with this. I’m going to go right where they live. Every corrupt media person in this country is on notice, right now. I’m coming after you…I’m going to hunt you down [...] if I could strangle these people and not go to hell and get executed…I would.

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Glenn Beck Makes Unsubstantiated Claims About Keith Olbermann

It’s easy to find direct quotes of Bill O’Reilly’s violent rhetoric. It’s not so easy for Glenn Beck to make similar claims about Keith Olbermann or Frank Rich. Beck has been trying to refocus the negative attention from Fox News somewhere else and fails miserably.

BECK: Keith Olbermann has railed against recruiters. Keith Olbermann has railed against the baby killers that our U.S. soldiers are.

So far, nobody can provide evidence that neither Olbermann, nor Rich, have made offensive comments about U.S. soldiers, or recruiters, similar to those said by Bill O’Reilly about Dr. George Tiller.

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Roger Ebert on Bill O’Reilly’s Schoolyard Bully Behavior

Renowned film critic Robert Ebert, who has previously mocked Bill O’Reilly, addresses O’Reilly’s behavior, which, Ebert says, is like a “schoolyard bully.”

EBERT: When his guests disagree with him, he shouts at them, calls them liars, talks over them, and behaves like a schoolyard bully… I am more concerned about the danger he and others like him represent to a civil and peaceful society. He sets a harmful example of acceptable public behavior.

Ebert provides numerous examples and cites the Indiana University study that showed O’Reilly’s use of propaganda. He even compares O’Reilly to talk show host Jerry Springer, who is, at least, honest about “selling his soul” for higher ratings.

Perhaps the most important conclusion that Ebert addresses is that Bill O’Reilly is preaching to the choir, yet needlessly and dangerously raising the bar by shouting, using anger to express opinions, and having the general effect of communicating “there’s unfinished business to be done, and its up to them to do it.”

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Study: Bill O’Reilly Uses All Seven Elements of Propaganda

Based on a 2007 article from Indiana University School of Journalism:

Starting where the Institute for Propaganda Analysis left off in 1930, Indiana University professors Mike Conway and Maria Elizabeth used a system of coding speech that analyzes the use of propaganda in determining whether or not Bill O’Reilly uses propaganda instead of merely “providing facts,” as he claims.

The following are the seven elements of propaganda previously identified by the IPA:

Bill O’Reilly is guilty of using all seven elements and was found to have called people names 8.88 times per minute. It also showed a pattern of using references to Americans, the U.S. Military and the Bush Administration as victims.

Conway stated that the point of the study was to get past the partisan labeling, but he has still been branded as a liberal based on the results of the study.

A related study, according to Conway, shows that only 11% of surveyed journalists think of Bill O’Reilly as “very close” or “somewhat close” to a journalist.

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A Different Approach to Fighting Fox News

A new site, StopFox.com, takes a different approach to fighting Fox News. The site was created to send a message to Rupert Murdoch and Fox News that people will focus energy (and money) toward so-called enemies of Fox News. Used in conjunction with a boycott of Fox News, their sponsors and supporters, this could have a decent impact. At the very least, it will get some attention.

How will one site do this? Donations are accepted and will be divided among several nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the Democratic Party, MoveOn.org and Media Matters for America. One sixth of the money will go back into maintaining the web site. Additionally, letters will be sent to Murdoch as well as Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

While the site is brand new, much is in the works – Plans are being made to share records, receipts and copies of letters sent. StopFox.com currently accepts payments via PayPal, but credit/debit card payments may be possible in the future.

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Can you spin better than Bill O’Reilly?

The following contest is from Salon.com:

Contest: Can you spin better than O’Reilly? See if you can edit the full-length video of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Joan Walsh (here’s Part 1 and Part 2) down to the 45 seconds or so that best captures Bill O’Reilly. 1). Upload it to YouTube or the video sharing site of your choice. 2). Post it on Open Salon, or link to it in the comments section here. We’ll feature the best submissions as they come in, and name the winner at the end of the week.

The best submissions will be featured here and on Joan’s blog — and the winning submission will be featured on the cover of Salon.

If I had the slightest idea how to edit and manipulate video, I’d love to give this a try. So, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you all come up with – be sure to link to your submission in the comments below as well!

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Bill O’Reilly Manipulates Video of Joan Walsh Interview

Last week, Joan Walsh of Salon.com, was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly, who probably regretted that decision all weekend. That may be why he decided to re-air the interview. But would he dare air the full interview? Of course not.

Without Ms. Walsh there to respond, O’Reilly manipulated the video to remove the facts she provided and to show that it’s the crazy liberals who have no regard for “murdered” babies. O’Reilly also repeated his unverified and illogical arguments about the procedures and the numbers performed.

According to O’Reilly, Dr. Tiller performed 60,000 late term abortions, which were legal, BTW. If you do the math, that would be more than 16 late term abortions per day, 7 days a week for 10 years. Nevermind that the procedure is rare and highly regulated.

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Joan Walsh of Salon.com Handles Bill O’Reilly

How do you handle a show’s host that repeatedly asks the same question, won’t let you answer, speaks over you, yells at you, calls you names, and then complains that you won’t answer questions? You do what Salon.com’s Joan Walsh does to Bill O’Reilly. You remain calm, provide answers in complete sentences and make O’Reilly look like the unhinged, abusive, blowhard that he is. Enjoy!

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Bill O’Reilly Questions Importance of Holocaust Museum Shooting

Bill O’Reilly has repeatedly criticized other networks for the amount of reporting they have done on other recent killings. Bill O’Reilly, the guy who doesn’t speak of the killing at the Holocaust Museum, other than to question whether or not it’s newsworthy…

O’REILLY: Now, this is an 89-year-old anti-Semite bigot kills an innocent guy in the Holocaust Museum. OK? Now, what about the newsworthiness of this? … Is it as newsworthy as Private Long?

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Fox News Hypocritical On Recruiting Center Attack

Remember Bill O’Reilly falsely claiming that CNN did not cover the Army recruiting center attack until Anderson Cooper brought it up? It turns out that Fox News‘ portrayal of media bias was a bit hypocritical. Why, you ask?

Fox News did not air the press conference held by a survivor of the incident, which CNN & MSNBC both offered to cover. Furthermore, it appears that Fox News didn’t even bring it up. I guess it was more important to Fox News Channel and its personalities like O’Reilly, Hannity & Beck to make up claims of liberal media bias than to actually report on the real issue.

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CNN’s Rick Sanchez Takes Bill O’Reilly to Task Over Lies

It’s always great to see someone in the main stream media call Bill O’Reilly out on his lies, especially when it’s an absurd lie and there is absolute irrefutable proof. Take Bill O’Reilly’s comments about CNN not covering the Army recruiting center attack until Anderson Cooper featured it. O’Reilly had the audacity to state that CNN didn’t think of the tragedy as news and failed to report on it all day.

Rick Sanchez proceeded to play a montage showing CNN anchors and reporters discussing the incident all day.

“Let’s see, that was Kyra Phillips, Tony Harris, Heidi Collins, Lou Dobbs, certainly you saw myself, you just saw David Mattingly there, Wolf Blitzer, we saw Kiran Chetry, we saw Erica Hill — that’s nobody?” Sanchez asked.

“Let’s add this up together now,” Sanchez said. “We led with the story when it broke. We led with it again the next day. We analyzed the terrorism angle with experts and called former FBI agents to take us through it. And as a network, we covered the story umpteen times throughout the days, throughout all hours of those days. But Bill O’Reilly says he only saw it once. And since he only saw it once, well then that must be the truth. It doesn’t matter what really happened. It doesn’t matter what the record shows. All that matters is what Bill thinks he saw. We called Fox today, by the way. No response yet.”

The only thing Bill O’Reilly was correct about was calling CNN a “news channel.”

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Urge Democrats and Progressives to Stay off Fox News

From the individual choice to stop watching a channel to the organized effort to affect a company’s revenue stream, boycotts come in many shapes and sizes, including the following suggestion from DailyKos.com and NewsCorpse.com. Please contact Democrats and progressive pundits and urge them to not go on the Fox News Channel. Not only is it a wasted effort to discuss issues on Fox News, it can extremely counterproductive.

Guests on Fox News are seemingly chosen for their right leaning political views, or their ability to be dominated. The viewers want to see the debates in which their side always wins. They want their ideals to be reinforced and to have that feeling of power that Fox News provides when they whip a liberal into submission. Don’t give them that pleasure. Don’t give Fox News the ratings they like to taunt like a school-yard bully.

In all likelyhood, Fox News personalities will call them cowards for not wanting to sit down, face to face, with the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck. The point is, who cares? Show Fox News that they simply don’t matter anymore. They should be irrelevant.

So, every time you see a Democrat or progressive guest on Fox News, contact them and tell them they are obligated to help ensure responsible journalism by avoiding the hate and bile that is Fox News. By appearing on Fox News, they are doing further harm to the efforts to repair the damage inflicted by the Bill O’Reillys, Sean Hannities and Glenn Becks of the world.

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More Connections Between Fox News and Tiller Murder

Dr. George Tiller, the OB-GYN who performed late-term abortions, was shot and killed this past weekend and this week much has been coming out about his past and possible connections between what happened and Fox News.

The alleged murderer, Scott Roeder, supposedly posted the following on an Operation Rescue web site in 2007:

It seems as though what is happening in Kansas could be compared to the “lawlessness” which is spoken of in the Bible. Tiller is the concentration camp “Mengele” of our day and needs to be stopped before he and those who protect him bring judgement upon our nation.

There were 29 episodes of The O’Reilly Factor that mentioned Dr. George Tiller with hateful, sometimes violent, language. Some examples were mentioned on BradBlog.

O’Reilly continued his series of programs focusing on the Kansas physician, charging him with “operating a death mill” (video here), and alleging that he was “executing babies” (video here).

O’Reilly had previously been highly critical of the state’s Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, charging, during his “Talking Points” commentary in 2007, that she was “allowing [Tiller] to continue the slaughter.”

The idea that Bill O’Reilly‘s inciteful language was influential for people, like Roeder, was furthered by Salon’s Gabriel Winant.

Tiller’s name first appeared on The Factor on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”

Tiller, O’Reilly likes to say, “destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000.” He’s guilty of “Nazi stuff,” said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, he suggested on March 15, 2006. “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.

O’Reilly has also frequently linked Tiller to his longtime obsession, child molestation and rape. Because a young teenager who received an abortion from Tiller could, by definition, have been a victim of statutory rape, O’Reilly frequently suggested that the clinic was covering up for child rapists (rather than teenage boyfriends) by refusing to release records on the abortions performed.

The New York Times also reported on the possible connection, providing quotes and details from several sources.

Within nine hours of Dr. Tiller’s death, Salon magazine had catalogued references to him on 29 episodes of “The O’Reilly Factor” from 2005 to 2009. In one, Mr. O’Reilly talks about him and the lawmakers who supported his “business of destruction,” saying, “I wouldn’t want to be these people if there is a Judgment Day.”

Bloggers quickly found new examples of Mr. O’Reilly’s condemnation of Dr. Tiller. A commenter on Daily Kos noted that Mr. O’Reilly once sent a producer to ambush the doctor at his home in Kansas. After the producer told him that some people called him a “baby killer,” the doctor tried to leave his house and called 911. The camera crew ended the confrontation.

The murderer is responsible for his own actions, but influences cannot be denied. The question then becomes, was he influenced by the hateful and violent rhetoric from people like Bill O’Reilly. We’re not likely to know unless he specifically states what incited his actions. Regardless, the use of such language is sickening, to say the least.

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O’Reilly Blames NBC & Progressives for Army Recruiting Center Attack

So, not only does Bill O’Reilly blame “far-left zealots” and “Fox News haters” for exploiting the murder of Dr. George Tiller, but, according to him, they’re also to blame for the shooting outside of an Army recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The gunman, identified by the police as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad of Little Rock, was upset with the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

O’REILLY: Since they have been unrelenting in describing their country as a torture nation, I’m sure that set this muslim guy off to kill one and wound another of our military and I’m sure that’s NBC’s fault. Look, the absurdity of this is beyond the pale.

Bill O’Reilly is full of crap. It had nothing to do with anybody “describing their country as a torture nation.” The U.S. is, in fact, a nation that has tortured, under the Bush Administration, and it is involved in two wars with Muslim countries, thanks to the Bush Administration. Those are the facts, neither of which have anything to do NBC, or progressive bloggers, and more to do with Bush and Cheney.

O’Reilly is correct about one thing though: “the absurdity of this is beyond pale.”

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Michelle Malkin Thinks Hate is OK, But Not Against Fox News

According to Michelle Malkin, Fox News should be free to include hate speech in its “reporting,” but liberal partisans should restrain themselves from pointing this out. She considers calling abortion doctors, like George Tiller, “murderers” and “baby killers” to be simply part of the “debate” in the media. Like her buddy, Fox News counterpart, Bill O’Reilly, she apparently believes that the real zealots are liberals against members of the media inciting violence. How about that…

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