Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Bill O'Reilly goes way too far

I know what those of you who aren't O'Reilly fans are thinking - doesn't he go too far every day? But this time, it's disgusting. Here's the first sentence of an editorial from the May 24 LA Times:

In a May 17 radio broadcast, telephilosopher Bill O'Reilly fantasized unpleasantly that terrorists might "grab" the Los Angeles Times editorial and opinion editor "out of his little house and … cut his head off." O'Reilly went on, "And maybe when the blade sinks in, he'll go, 'Perhaps O'Reilly was right.' "

That's not journalism. That's not punditry. It sure as hell isn't fair and balanced. If he really said that (I tried to find a transcript but the archives on O'Reilly's site require a paid subscription) Bill O'Reilly has proven he is a thug, a bully, an unfit to be on television (or radio.)

In case you're wondering, the LA Times says O'Reilly was upset with Michael Kinsley, the editorial and opinion editor, because of a thoroughly reasonable May 17 editorial about the Newsweek fiasco.

Whether you agree or disagree with the editorial, you should see that O'Reilly's comment was shameful. If you don't, then shame on you too.