From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
Bill O'Reilly: "I am a stupid guy."
October 19, 2004 10:43 AM
Bill on the Radio Factor yesterday (MP3):
"I had to protect my family. This is my fault. I was stupid, and I'm not a victim. But I can't allow certain things to happen. And I appreciate your support; we get thousands of letters. But I'm not--I am stupid. I am a stupid guy, and every guy listening knows how that is. That we are very stupid at times. But, there comes a time in life where you got to stand and fight. And I knew these people were going to do this, I knew they were going to do everything they could to try to destroy me and the channel. And I just made a decision that I'm just going to ride it out, and I'm going to fight them. Because what's right is right."
Am I reading this correctly? It sounds like he just admitted to it!
Bill O'Reilly: "I am a stupid guy."
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Read the 7 comments.
If he hasn't admitted it, he's certainly paving the way and smoothing the waters for some kind of big splash. Megalomania. It gets em' evertime!
Tue Oct 19 2004 11:05 AM
Bill O'Reilly is right (courageous? brave? sound?) to stand and defend himself against people who are making accusations about his "stupid," guy-oriented behavior.
Wait. Let me try that again.
Is Bill trying to say that he admits he was stupid (not wrong), but the people suing him are wrong (because they're trying to "destroy" him "and the channel"), therefore, he's right to "stand and fight" them?
The moral scale goes from the wrongness of attempting to prosecute somebody for their inappropriate behavior, to sexual misconduct being in the middle at stupid to it's right to defend your admittedly regrettable behavior at all costs.
Now I think I've got it and realize I don't care.
Tue Oct 19 2004 1:04 PM
From USA Today, Monday, Lots of Ways to Spin O'Reilly Story 10/18/04 :
The anchor is a perfect media target because he has wrapped his persona — both on-air and in his best-selling books — around his conservative morality, says Fordham journalism professor Paul Levinson.
"Anything short of the charges being totally untrue — and for all we know that's the case — and he is really in an untenable, impossible position," Levinson says. "Let's say that (Mackris) was a willing participant: O'Reilly is still a married man, and that runs contrary to the mainstream morality he's always espousing."
O'Reilly and Levinson sparred on The Factor in January while talking about Catherine Bosley, a CBS-TV anchor in Youngstown, Ohio. While on vacation in Florida with her husband, Bosley took part in a wet T-shirt contest, pictures of her surfaced on the Internet, and she was forced to resign.
Levinson says Bosley should not have lost her job. "People are entitled to have private lives. She should be fired if she failed to do something in performance of her profession. Cavorting in a bar late at night has nothing to do with that," he said at the time.
O'Reilly was incredulous. "Let's be realistic," he said, using words that could come back to haunt him. "Politicians, news people, clergy all have images and all depend on the trust of the public to succeed. ... You do something like (Bosley), although it's not illegal, it embarrasses your employer because your employer operates on credibility."
Karma is a BEE-OTCH!
Tue Oct 19 2004 2:07 PM
Mouse, thanks for posting this, because Levinson's comments get to the heart of this whole O'Reilly thing. The wacky right-wingers who comment on this site are criticizing the rest of us because "we've all already convicted O'Reilly of these charges." (Not that he's actually been "charged" with anything.)
Well, that's not really the point. Of course I think we're all smart enough to realize that there is a possibility (however slight) that the whole thing is bogus. Sure this woman could be making it all up. Who knows? But the point is, it looks like it isn't made up (since O'Reilly and Fox haven't even issued an explicit denial), and even if the woman doesn't ultimately win her sexual harassment suit, it's not going to end well for O'Reilly, especially if there are tapes.
He's an enormously pompous ass with a completely overblown ego who likes to yell and scream and belittle people and pretend that he's superior to them. He deserves to be taken down by a scandal like this. He's had it coming for a LONG time.
Tue Oct 19 2004 4:26 PM
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....I
put up with O'reillys holier than thou attitude
all through the Clinton thing...he is at last
getting his.....a good guy....sure!!!!!
Wed Oct 20 2004 11:44 AM
It is bad enough that Bill preaches on his show the morality and uppityness, but getting off this event without consequences for his action are unfortunately sickening.
Don't you think that right wingers seem to get off easy while things go on forever if it was a democrat or somebody these people consider are left wingers.
Sat Oct 30 2004 10:38 AM
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