Posted by Kelly Fincham at 9/17/2009 8:34 AM EDT
From the "you couldn't make this stuff up" department.
Fox's Bill O'Reilly (above) will debate the future of news at Boston University on October 23.
Yes, you've read that right.
The man who screams at America from his bully pulpit is going to share his thoughts of the future of news. God help us all.
Well news, as far as I've been taught, is a way of telling people facts and letting them do what they will with them.
O'Reilly's version is about as far from news as you can possibly get.
Who can forget the night he unleashed a torrent of abuse on Jeremy Glick whose father had died in the World Trade Center?
Jeremy's crime? He was antiwar. O'Reilly didn't care about Glick - he just used him as a platform to scream at people who disagree with him. Watch the clip from OutFoxed and see O'Reilly at his so-called finest.
O'Reilly claims to be Irish but his brand of Irishness is known as pulling the ladder up after you and then pouring boiling oil on the people at the bottom.
And Bill O'Reilly's rantings have made him a very rich man.
Well, the so-called defender of the middle class earns $10m a year with Fox which translates into a whopping $27,400 a day! Or $192,000 a week. Or $768,000 every four weeks.
The simplyhired.com Web site says the average salary for a journalist is $41,000 which doesn't even add up to two day's pay for O'Reilly.
And he's going to opine on the future of news?
He wouldn't know a straight news story if it fell out of the sky and hit him on the head.
He's all spin, all the time.
Watch him on the tax issue - he keeps coming out with sneering little sound bites like this one where he was talking to his comrade-in-arms Glen Beck.
O'Reilly said “30 percent” of the public were just plain “jealous” of the rich, saying they want to “take from the rich and give to the poor.”
Well given that O'Reilly saved $400,000 a year alone under the Bush tax cuts, he should be asked to share his wealth.
Let's not forget - the man who stands up for the working man earns more in two days than the average household income ($50,303) in this country.
His show would be more aptly named Bull O'Reilly.