Monday, April 24, 2006

How does he have an audience?

I hate Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. There are many, many reasons to hate O'Reilly, but I'll enumerate just a few:

1. His obsession with the trivial. He runs feature after feature on items like Natalee Holloway and the imaginary war on Christmas/ Easter that just don't matter.

2. Constant hypocrisy. He criticizes the non-FOX media (whom he calls "secular") for engaging in personal attacks, while constantly engaging in them himself. (e.g. he called Paul Krugman and Barbara Boxer "nuts." He also has the nerve to complain that the non-FOX media spends too much time on unimportant issues (I guess he never heard of the pot and the kettle).

3. Perhaps most annoying of all is his constant use of logical fallacies. To keep this post short, I'll mention just two. One time he asked an opponent of the Iraq war, "Who do you support, George Bush or Michael Moore?" Uh, Bill that would be a false dilemma. Don't they teach you that at Harvard? Second he resorts to the ad populum argument ad nauseam. True, many others do it but that doesn't make it any less infuriating. It's one poll after another. (Of course, when the polls are against him he either ignores them or blames it on the so-called secular progressive media for distorting the numbers).

4. Blatant dishonesty. He just makes it up as he goes along, shamelessly distorting his opponents' positions to make his points. I won't enumerate his many lies, but you can check out his lies online at Media Matters .

The last straw was when he invited race demagogue and buffoon Al Sharpton to comment on the Duke lacrosse scandal. Yea, that's a reliable source. My question: how does this man have a primetime TV show and a radio show with many listeners? Are Americans that intellectually lazy? My conclusion is regrettably yes.


Anonymous said...

He is truly a ridiculous character.

liberal journal man said...

I definitely agree. There's only one other person I can't stand more and her initials are A.C...