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Rolling Stone profiles Bill O'Reilly

August 14, 2004 4:35 PM

Lots of great stuff in here, of course. I thought Douglas Rushkoff's point was interesting (as usual):


According to Rushkoff, O'Reilly's appeal to anger, emotion and opinion are not merely ratings-grabbing devices; they are part of a larger program of ideological coercion. "As the conservative-message machine geared up in the 1970s," says Rushkoff, "its strategy was to make the political landscape more emotional and less factual - galvanizing a new base of conservative support around hot-button issues. That's why Fox tries to replace news with opinion." O'Reilly, Rushkoff says, is crucial to this strategy, with his opinion-based news analysis and short temper. "The net effect of people getting their information from the O'Reilly show, instead of from a news operation, is that they're more apt to believe that the arguments that sway them most emotionally deserve their allegiance."

Additionally, the Rolling Stone piece has a few behind-the-scenes tidbits, and a lot of background on America's Favorite Hater, including quotes like this: "I tell myself all the time, 'Even though I know we're ahead and there's no one close to us, we can't just win. We have to crush.'"

I fear we're kinda turning O'Reilly into a bit of a legend. It's not lost on me how much he loves the attacks -- it just solidifies his image.

The article ends with speculation of a presidential run.

Sigh.

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Read the 5 comments.

Barre Simmons:

During the early stages of the Iraq war there was a local Baghdad radio station broadcasting anti-American rhetoric. U.S forces destroyed the station and arrested the announcer. We then announced that "in a democracy we don't broadcast hate". Well, is'nt that precisely what Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, and the like, are doing? Or, is it legal in American style democracy - under "free speech"?
And speaking of free speech, is'nt it those "good old Republican Americans" that stole the Dixie Chics Constitutional right to free speech by blacklisting them on just about every "American" radio station, because they voiced there opinion about the Iraqi war. I'm proud to be an American, but sometimes other Americans shame us all.

Sat Aug 21 2004 4:11 AM


Byravan:

We are actually witnessing a neo-Nazification of the U.S. with a Fox News propaganda machine to match that of Joseph Goebbels.
When we are exorted to join the opinion makers without dissent or else face the label and consequences of being unpatriotic, what else is it but the use of fear tactic.
Just ten years ago such a state of media irresponsibility would have been unthinkable but lo and behold it is here. We are in dangerous times right now and to think that some corporate head has managed to outwit the people of the U.S. and make money in the process, is frightening.

Sun Sep 5 2004 6:25 AM


njguardsman:

Barre Simmons
1st - our forces destroyed that radio station because Saddam was in control of it!
2nd - Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly are commentators, I would like you to name/quote something these people said that is defined as broadcasting hate.

3rd – The Dixie Chicks are cowards, they waited to be out of the country to attack our president during a time of war, in essence helping Al-quaida weather they knew it or not they were wrong! I would respect them more it they had the onions to what they said on American soil.
Radio stations blacklisted them due to pisses-off listeners who did not want to hear them.

Byravan be careful how you use the word “Nazification” I could just a s well use it on Kerry with the way he’s strong arming media outlets that play the ad from the Swift Boat Vets so what of their free speech rites.
What about Jessie Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization in essence blackmailing companies into giving them money or they would be boycotted.
Remember the media is approx 90% Liberal/Democrat or whatever they’re calling them selves these days so don’t call FOX a propaganda machine when CNN, MSNBC, The NY Times, The LA Times and others are out there.

Sun Sep 5 2004 2:43 PM


Michael:

O'Reilly is guilty of the same things he accuses others of.
Cheap shots.
He cheap shots anyone who disagrees with him or cuts his mike or tells them to shut up.
He basically bullies people constantly, calls them idiots, derides them and their reputation, shouts over them etc. all actions of a bully.
Now if that isn't a guy full of self justified anger and hatred.
What fools most people is the 'self justified' part of it. OReilly is so convinced he is right that when he calls other people idiots everyone else is also convinced. I have never seen him gracefully conduct a discussion with anyone except persons that agreed with him and even then barely.

Mon Sep 6 2004 9:02 PM


jonnyflush:

I have never understood the "criticize America = hate America" theory. I hear it alot from conservative pundits but it never seems to make any sense. Could a conservative out there please explain it to me.

Mon Sep 6 2004 10:32 PM


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