"It is not just Murdoch who absolutely despises Bill O'Reilly, the bullying, mean-spirited evening commentator," Wolff wrote, but (Fox News chief executive) Roger Ailes himself who loathes him. Success, however, has cemented everyone to each other."This proves that FOX News is all about making money, and to hell with informing the people with honest journalists, they know O'Reilly is a fraud and an embarrassment, yet they keep him on the air because he makes them a lot of money. O'Reilly is a con-man who tells his 70 year old right-wing base what they want to hear, and they buy his lies because they never check to see if what he says is true.
"The embarrassment can no longer be missed," Wolff wrote, in another section of the book. "He mumbles even more than usual when called on to justify it. He barely pretends to hide the way he feels about Bill O’Reilly. And while it is not that he would give Fox up -- because the money is the money; success trumps all -- in the larger sense of who he is, he seems to want to hedge his bets."
O'REILLY: We said the other day that in Minnesota the election commission had certified the election and that what's his name-Coleman, the senate-had won by 215 votes. So what I said was Coleman's victory was certified by the state because it was. He had 215 more votes, which is absolutely true, absolutely true, OK. Rock solid, in stone. That's what they did.OLBERMANN: Except they didn't. Minnesota State Canvassing Board has not only not certified that election, last Tuesday it specifically said that, quote, except for the offices of U.S. senator, state senator District 16, state representatives Districts 12-B and 16-A, the candidates who received the highest number of votes cast for each office voted in more than one county is hereby declared elected.
-- Under Chambliss, 68 percent of the Fund's spending -- about $1 million dollars has gone for travel, golf events, meals and administrative costs.Chambliss is an avid golfer. Despite having a “bum knee" that kept him out of military service in Vietnam, Chambliss ranked as the #2 golfer in the Senate and the 33rd best golfer in Washington, DC, according to a 2005 feature by Golf Digest. That same year, while his colleagues were in a closed-door session discussing pre-Iraq war intelligence, Chambliss took the day off to golf with Tiger Woods.
-- Political contributions comprised just 32 percent of the committee's spending, or $472,500.
-- In 2007 and 2008, the Fund's political donations accounted for 26 percent of its spending, the second-lowest among the 25 largest leadership groups.
-- Of the top 10 recipients of the Fund's money since 2007, only one was a political organization.
-- Five were golf resorts.
O'REILLY: We have a mandate here where we just simply want to give you the truth and the facts straight up. I mean, that's why we've been successful.Bill O'Reilly is insane, and a liar. Nobody has declared Coleman the winner, except O'Reilly. And the State of Minnesota has not certified anyone the winner. O'Reilly has lied about it 3 times now. He named Franken a pinhead for losing to Coleman, then a couple days later he declared Coleman the winner in a segment with Laura Ingraham, then on Friday he said the State had certified Coleman the winner.
We said the other day -- this is interesting, and you guys might learn a lesson from this -- we said the other day that, in Minnesota, that the election commission had certified the election and that -- what's his name -- Coleman, the senator, had won by 215 votes. All right?
O'REILLY: That's what we reported.
O'REILLY: Well, Media Matters, the most dishonest website in the country, because they purport to be watchdogs, but of course they only watch conservative people or people they don't like, or traditional people -- they don't watch the left -- they say, "Oh, O'Reilly lied because he said that the state of Minnesota certified Coleman's victory."
OK. So, what I said was, Coleman's victory was certified by the state because it was. He had 215 more votes --
WIEHL: Sure. So that's a win.
O'REILLY: -- which is absolutely true.
O'REILLY: Absolutely true. OK? Rock solid; in stone. That's what they did. But these despicable -- that's all I'm going to say. Just despicable. I could say a lot of other things, but I won't.
These people take that, all right, put it on their website that O'Reilly lied by saying they certified a victory. They didn't use, in the state of Minnesota, a victory, 'cause there's a recount. All right?
But, if you certify an election, where one guy has 215 more votes --
O'REILLY: -- that's a win for Coleman, as it stands now.
WIEHL: It could change.
O'REILLY: And we said, there's going to be a recount. But when you listen to me, I'm going to tell you the truth and give you the facts. Those are going to be twisted and distorted by dishonest people like NBC News.
If a recount is undertaken by a canvassing board pursuant to section 204C.35, no certificate of election shall be prepared or delivered until after the recount is completed.Right there it is, in black and white, that is what the Minnesota Election Law states. O'Reilly lied, three times. Coleman is not the winner, he is only ahead in the vote count, and nobody except Bill O'Reilly has declared Norm Coleman the winner. And the State has clearly NOT certified anyone the winner, let alone Coleman.
Subd. 2. Time of issuance; certain offices.
No certificate of election shall be issued until seven days after the canvassing board has declared the result of the election. In case of a contest, an election certificate shall not be issued until a court of proper jurisdiction has finally determined the contest.
Why do you have such a big problem with Bill O'Reilly, he admits he is a news analyst with an opinion.While that is true, he also denies being a Conservative. He also claims to be a non-partisan Independent (with a no spin zone) who is fair to both sides. Usually when I get an e-mail like that I just laugh at it, or ignore it, and or publish it in my hate/right-wing idiot mail forum, or all three. But once in a while I reply to it, and here is what I say. I explain to them the problem I have with Bill O'Reilly, and why I do this website.
Officials with Hennepin County forwarded their tally Monday to the secretary of state's office, showing that, since initial results Wednesday, Franken's total had increased by 55 votes and Coleman's by 27 in the state's largest county.O'Reilly also claimed that "they're finding votes all over the place -- in the trunks of cars, you know, up in the tree" for Franken, parroting the discredited rumor that 32 absentee ballots from Minneapolis were mishandled. Hennepin County officials have repeatedly said the ballots were sealed and held in a secure location, and Reichert has said that the claim that the ballots were in her car was false, as was the claim that the ballots sat in a car for days.
Since the preliminary Election Day numbers, Franken's biggest gains were in Lake County, where he added 246 votes, and in Pine and St. Louis counties, where he picked up 100 in each.
Coleman's biggest gain was in Ramsey County, 29 votes, but that was more than canceled out by an additional 41 votes there for Franken. Coleman's biggest drop was 124 votes in Anoka County, where Franken also lost 90 votes.
O'REILLY: There wasn't much policy discussed, but in two places "Talking Points" got a little confused.As usual O'Reilly spins like a top, it's not just Barack Obama who wants to close Gitmo, so does John McCain ,Colin Powell, and almost everyone. And no Billy, loud music and bad food is not torture, he is talking about waterboarding, and you know it. O'Reilly acts like Barack Obama is the only guy who wants to close it down, when that's a lie, here is what McCain said during his 60 minutes interview.
OBAMA VIDEO CLIP: I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that.
O'REILLY: But what exactly happens to the 250 alleged terrorists at Gitmo? If they're moved to the USA, the ACLU will immediately file a bunch of lawsuits on their behalf and chaos will ensue. If these men are ever tried in civilian courts, national security intelligence gathering will be incredibly damaged.
OBAMA VIDEO CLIP: I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture, and I'm going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.
O'REILLY: Well that's nice in theory, but what exactly is torture? Keeping a suspect awake? Loud music? Bad food? Will President Obama eliminate all stressful interrogation methods? If so, that will end most of the information flow from captured terrorists. Most of these guys are hard cases. They don't give up information easily.
PELLEY: Would you close Guantanamo Bay?Here is what Colin Powell said:
MCCAIN: Yes. I would close Guantanamo Bay. And I would move those prisoners to Fort Leavenworth. And I would proceed with the tribunals.
PELLEY: Why? What's wrong with the way it was handled?
MCCAIN: Guantanamo Bay has become an image throughout the world which has hurt our reputation. Whether we deserve it or not, the reality is Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib have harmed our reputation in the world, thereby harming our ability to win the psychological part of the war against radical Islamic extremism.
On Meet the Press, Gen. Colin Powell strongly condemned the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, calling it "a major problem for America’s perception" and charging, "if it was up to me, I would close Guantanamo -- not tomorrow, this afternoon."As you can see those two REPUBLICANS would also close Gitmo, and close it now. O'Reilly claims that only Obama and all the far left loons want to close it, when that's a lie, and he knows it, even John McCain wants to close it down. Notice that O'Reilly never used the word waterboarding, he ignores the actual torture. Because he is spewing out the Bush propaganda that we never used torture, they said that after declaring waterboarding to not be torture, and Billy repeats it like a good little right-wing stooge.
He also called for an end to the military commission system the Bush administration has created to try Guantanamo detainees. "I would simply move them to the United States and put them into our federal legal system," Powell said. He scoffed at criticism that the detainees would have access to lawyers and the writ of habeas corpus: "So what? Let them. Isn’t that what our system’s all about?"
“Every morning I pick up a paper and some authoritarian figure, some person somewhere, is using Guantanamo to hide their own misdeeds," Powell said. “We have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system by keeping a place like Guantanamo open.......We don’t need it, and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get for it."
All I can say is that it was used in the Spanish Inquisition, it was used in Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia, and there are reports that it is being used against Buddhist monks today. … It is not a complicated procedure. It is torture.And John McCain is hardly alone in his judgment:
-- Malcolm Wrightson Nance, a former Navy instructor of prisoner of war survival programs: "Waterboarding is torture and should be banned."O'Reilly is trying to cover for the Bush administration, and rewrite their terrible history. Obama has promised to "make sure that we don't torture" -- a vow that entails a robust investigation into Bush's deliberate decision to implement a torture regime. O'Reilly is trying to smear Obama as some far left nut who will endanger national security. When most Republicans agree with him, and the only thing he is going to stop is the waterboarding.
-- Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary: "There's just no doubt in my mind -- under any set of rules -- waterboarding is torture."
-- Four retired Judge Advocates General (JAGs), in a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT): "Waterboarding is inhumane, it is torture, and it is illegal."
LINDBERG: It is now harder for the Republican presidential candidate to get to 50.1 percent than for the Democrat. My Hoover Institution colleague David Brady and Douglas Rivers of the research firm YouGovPolimetrix have been analyzing data from online interviews with 12,000 people in both 2004 and 2008. It shows an overall shift to the Democrats of six percentage points.Lindberg also admits that the percentage of voters describing themselves as liberal and conservative has held relatively constant over many election cycles. However, he notes that "the views behind those labels" have shifted to be more liberal.
As they write in the forthcoming edition of Policy Review, The decline of Republican strength occurs by having strong Republicans become weak Republicans, weak Republicans becoming independents, and independents leaning more Democratic or even becoming Democrats. This is a portrait of an electorate moving from center-right to center-left.
GINGRICH: I would say, for example, to the Republicans who are about to face this question of, how do you get the economy growing again? Bring in Governor Daniels and bring in Governor Huntsman, and ask them, you know, how did they get to the lowest unemployment rate in their respective regions? Go back to a principled approach.As usual Newt was putting out right-wing spin, as he usually does. Utah’s unemployment rate in September was 3.5 percent, which is pretty good, but Wyoming has a lower rate at 3.3 percent. So it's not the lowest in the region, but he was close, and 3.5 percent is very low.
O'REILLY: Also, for the month of October, The Factor's audience at 8 and 11 combined was more than Leno, Letterman, Katie Couric, The Today Show, GMA, The View, and just about every other news chat show. Again that's pretty stunning. And we have you to thank. We really appreciate your loyalty."He calls Leno and Letterman a news chat show. That's just crazy, Leno and Letterman are Comedians, they do late night Comedy shows. They also interview some Celebs, but neither show is a news chat show. They are funny entertainment shows, they do Comedy, with Comedy bits, they are not news shows at all. So the comparison is ridiculous. The Today Show, Katie Couric, GMA, and The View are news chat shows, but Leno and Letterman are not.
The "car ballot" story emerged Saturday from the mouth of Coleman lawyer Fritz Knaak, who, according to AP, told reporters, "We were told ballots had been riding around in (Minneapolis election director Cindy Reicher's) car for several days, which raised all kinds of integrity questions." Knaak never provided a source and did not return two MinnPost calls for comment. However, he was already backing off his story at the same press event. As that day's Pioneer Press noted, "Knaak said he feels assured that what was going on with the 32 ballots was neither wrong nor unfair."And yet O'Reilly and Ingraham just keep repeating all these lies. O'Reilly and Ingraham told so many lies in that segment it's amazing they can call themselves journalists. None of it was true, and none of it is backed up with any facts. Yet O'Reilly and Ingraham spewed it all out like the good little partisan Republican propagandists they are. It was total dishonesty, and stunning right-wing bias, from O'Reilly and Ingraham. O'Reilly even claims he only deals with the facts, what a joke, none of what he reported was even close to any facts.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.It grants all men the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, So if you deny a gay man or woman the right to marry, you have taken away their right to the Pursuit of Happiness. O'Reilly somehow ignores all that, to argue some right-wing religious crap that justifies taking rights away from people.
No state shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.The Equal Protection Clause is as an attempt to secure the promise of the United States professed commitment to the proposition that "all men are created equal" by empowering the judiciary to enforce that principle against the states.
DiPaolo:...the MSM being so in the tank for Obama.Yeah right, the same Rove that predicted the Republicans would hold the House in 2006, who predicted McCain would win in 2008, and who also predicts the Republicans will re-gain power in the 2010 elections. That genius? Shepard Smith is right, Obama ran a brilliant campaign, maybe the best campaign in history. McCain is a Republican, which put him at a disadvantage to start with. Then he made mistake after mistake, including the selection of Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
Smith: Oh, please. That's preposterous. The MSM reflected what was happening in this nation. It did not drive it. The blogs didn't drive this movement, the media didn't drive this movement. Barack Obama did not lose this election. It was his to lose. It was not John McCain's to win. The Republicans had no shot unless the Democrats gave it to them and they didn't and to blame the media is a cop out and ridiculous.
DiPaolo: The MSM has been liberal since its inception. It's years and years of pounding....
Smith: How did George Bush win twice?
DiPaolo: I don't know. Karl Rove is a genius.
An all-time low in CNN polling and in Gallup polling dating back to World War II.Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon when he resigned from office after Watergate (66 percent disapproval). He also beats the previous record holder, Harry Truman, who had a 67 percent disapproval rating in January 1952.
It's really turned out to be a very consequential presidency, said Hume, adding that Bush has put America on an amazing foreign policy path.Only a Republican could say anything so crazy, as O'Reilly would say, he is drinking the kool-aid. All the Presidential historians currently believe that "incompetent" will most likely be the word used to describe the George W. Bush Presidency.
-- He said Arkansas was lean Obama. McCain won it by 20 points. Not a single poll ever showed the state competitive.In fact, of all the so-called tossup states from Morris, only North Carolina really deserved that billing, it ended up a 50-50 split (with Obama winning by a small advantage). Of the other four, three ended up double-digit McCain wins, and McCain won Arizona by almost nine points.
-- He said Louisiana was a tossup. McCain won it by 19 points. Again, not a single poll showed the state competitive.
-- He said Tennessee was a tossup. McCain won it by 17 points, and that was probably closer than many people expected.
-- He said Kentucky was lean McCain. He won it by 17 points, and it was always a solid McCain state.
CANTOR: This was not some kind of realignment of the electorate, not some kind of shift toward some style of big government type of philosophy.And they wonder why the American people rejected John McCain and most of the Republican party, because of lies like that. They spent 6 months calling Obama the most liberal guy in the Senate, a socialist, a marxist, etc. Then Obama wins the election by a mile, 364 to 174, and they deny he won as a liberal, and that he has a mandate. It's like watching the twilight zone, they are not living in reality.
PENCE: I don't think this was a victory for a progressive, or a liberal victory, I think this was a victory for Barack Obama.
O'REILLY: As for "The Factor," we will now ramp up our watchdog role. I've stated that I did not watch the economy under President Bush closely enough. My fault. I should have been on that mortgage con. I should have been on that, and that mistake will not happen again.For people that do not watch the factor every night like I do, here is a partial list of big stories O'Reilly ignored during the Bush administration. Of course I can not list them all, it would fill this website.
Our focus now is to report exactly what President-elect Obama is doing and what it means to you. Let's be honest. The guy is still a mystery, so our oversight will be intense.
EARLL: And I'm going to spend my money some place that's not scared to wish me a Merry Christmas.O'Reilly also said this:
O’REILLY: And I think a lot of people feel the same way, which is why we reversed the trend, but I'm not going to come down hard on Barnes & Noble. I think, you know, Dick Sporting Goods, you know, they may want to rethink this.
-- The Riggio brothers, who run B&N, are good guys and are doing the right thing. Corporate dignity is important and never ridiculous. [8/21/07]Basically O'Reilly cherry picks the businesses he decides to go after for not using "Merry Christmas." If you sell his books, and make him money he does not go after your business. Which is a selective attack, a double standard, and hypocrisy. After giving B&N a pass, O'Reilly ended last years show by shilling his book, which he does every night during the e-mail segment. So it looks like O'Reilly's personal book sales take precedent over fighting the so-called "War On Christmas" that he fights every year around November.
-- I have a good relationship with the CEO, Len Riggio, and he wouldn't do anything underhanded. [10/25/05]
Q: Bob Novak, is 51 percent of the vote really a mandate?Obama got 52% of the vote, and won by 7.4 million total votes. But of course Novak says the Obama 7 million margin of victory is not a mandate. Novak climbed aboard the right-wing talking points bandwagon, writing today that neither the large Democratic gains nor Obama's sweeping popular and electoral vote margins were proof of a mandate:
NOVAK: Of course it is. It's a 3.5 million vote margin. But the people who are saying that it isn't a mandate are the same people who were predicting that John Kerry would win.
NOVAK: Obama may have opened the door to enactment of the long-deferred liberal agenda, but he neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities.And they wonder why they lost the election, even after getting their ass kicked at the polls, they still lie about it. Their claims are flat out fantasyland, the voter demographic is 39% Democrat, 33% Republican, and 28% Independents, and Obama won those Independents by 10 percent over McCain. Obama won 364 to 174 in a landslide, he even won 9 red states that Bush won in 2004.
|2008 Presidential Election Results|
|Barack Obama - 52.6%
|John McCain - 46.2%
|Senate Totals (Races Undecided - 3)|
|Democrats - 57||Republicans - 40|
|House Totals (Races Undecided - 7)|
|Democrats - 255||Republicans - 173|
O'REILLY: The Bush Doctrine? Remember that, when Charlie Gibson went, 'what's the Bush doctrine'? You got the nose with glasses on and all that. I'm sitting at home going 'what Bush Doctrine'? Is that the doctrine where I go to Crawford Texas five times a year? What Bush Doctrine is that? I don't know what that is. That was just ridiculous. It's all gotcha gotcha gotcha."What's ridiculous is O'Reilly saying he does not know what the Bush Doctrine is, I know what it is, and just about everyone I know can tell you what it is too. O'Reilly was just covering for how stupid Palin is, because he knows what it is, he has even talked about it a hundred times in the past. So he knows exactly what it is, and yet he still went on national tv and lied his ass off about it to David Letterman.
From a March 2004 Talking Points Memo:So as you can see, O'Reilly knows exactly what the Bush Doctrine is, and that is just a few examples, I could show you many more where O'Reilly not only talked to people about the Bush Doctrine, he explained it himself, and he supports it. It's a topic that O'Reilly has repeatedly talked about many times before with many different guests and he lays out exactly what the Bush Doctrine is. O'Reilly knowingly lied to David Letterman to protect Sarah Palin.
O'REILLY: Many people in Europe are Socialists, as you know. They believe that capitalist America is worse than Al Qaeda. And that crazy view has taken deep root...So the U.S. cannot count on much support from Europe. And that puts President Bush in a difficult position. The Bush Doctrine is to take the fight to the terrorists. Now with the capitulation of Spain, America has one less fighting partner.
From an August 2004 Unresolved Problem segment:
BUCHANAN: No, you get the subtitle, you use a little smaller lettering, and the top title is always a good hit.
O'REILLY: McCain and Giuliani are going to basically refute what you believe tonight. They're going to come out and say the Iraq war was worth it, that the Bush strategy, they call it the Bush doctrine of preemptive strikes against threatening people in an age of nuclear terrorism, has to happen. What do you think about that?
From a 2005 interview with Ed Koch:
KOCH: And I believe that the president when he made that ringing statement which created the Bush Doctrine that he will go after the terrorists and the countries that harbor them, that he issued a statement which is as important as the Monroe Doctrine, the Truman Doctrine -- the Monroe Doctrine case, keep all foreign countries out of the -- the Western hemisphere, and, in the case of the Truman Doctrine, to contain communism.
O'REILLY: OK. So you were very...
KOCH: The Bush Doctrine is very important.
O'REILLY: You believe in the war on terror the way he's fighting it.
I think it has very much undermined the whole question of John McCain’s judgment. You know what most Americans I think realized is that you don’t offer a job, let alone the vice presidency, to a person after one job interview. Even at McDonald’s, you’re interviewed three times before you get a job.Thursday on Fox News Business, Neil Cavuto dressed down John McCain for his constantly shifting economic policy proposals. Cavuto complained that McCain’s "positions are always changing" and asked, What’s the deal with the Straight Talk Express?:
On whether Palin is ready to be president in an emergency on day one, Duberstein noted, People have resoundedly said, I don’t think so.
You rail against big government, yet continue to push cockamamie spending plans that make a mockery of it. That’s why you’re losing right now, Senator McCain. Not because you don’t have the courage of your convictions. But because on economic matters, you have no convictions.Friday, Jeff Gillan of NewsONE in Nevada asked Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, if Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was qualified to be President. Ensign responded by saying that he didn’t think Palin was experienced enough to be president.
During an interview on a conservative radio show Friday morning, Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by attacks from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama. Palin said that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks.My God is she stupid. I knew she was not the sharpest knife in the kitchen, but who knew she was that dumb. Speaking of knifes, I would suggest the McCain campaign keep all sharp objects away from her.
And that for any reporter or columnist to suggest that it is going negative, may be an attack that threatens her free speech rights under the Constitution.
The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn't have anything to do with whether you're free to say things without being criticized.Update - I found this at www.capitolhillblue.com:
If anything, Palin has it exactly backwards, since one thing that the First Amendment actually does guarantee is the right to a free press.
Having devoted over 30 years of my life to the practice of psychology, I was shocked to discover the actual extent of Sarah Palin's diminished intellect, although hardly surprised she is developmentally challenged.Now remember this, McCain picked this moron to be his Vice President, which shows a lack of judgement, because he clearly did it for political reasons. Hey John what happened to Country First.
Her 83 full scale Wechsler I.Q. reported in her Wasilla High School records was labeled Dull Normal at that time and, in fact, 83 was just slightly above the range labeled Borderline Retarded (70-80 I.Q.).