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Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

A Brass Neck

Some out there may be familiar with Fox News nutjob star personality Bill O'Reilly - if not, you're missing pure comedy gold. We'd highly recommend this Newsday interview with the man himself as an introduction to a clearly-deranged individual. A paranoid, racist, homophobic bully given to pathological lying, Bill's a shining example of the conservative media pundits to be found preaching to the so-called Bush base.

Among the many (believe us on this) choice quotes:

"Gauging the animus against O'Reilly has always been a rough art, but by his own estimation "it's gotten worse. Now it's so bad that I spend an enormous amount of money protecting myself against evil."

One usual suspect behind this rising tide of hatred, he says, is the Liberal Media Establishment, infuriated because it "can't marginalize me." But whatever the reason, almost exactly a year since he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris - the anniversary is next Thursday - the embattled life of O'Reilly has become an increasingly strange and scary one.

As O'Reilly puts it, here are the facts: There are death threats. He has to hire bodyguards. He can't check into hotels with his family. People on the street with cell phones are stealth paparazzi, capable of snagging a picture one minute, then posting it on the Web the next. He adds that during the past year he's had to "even get more stuff to make it more difficult for people to get through the wire. Who wants to live like that?"

And as a direct consequence of the lawsuit - which was settled for undisclosed terms and which both parties agreed to never speak of publicly - O'Reilly must have a third person present whenever he conducts a rare interview like this one, or talks to someone on the phone. (Dave Tabacoff, executive producer of "The O'Reilly Factor" is the minder on this early fall day.) "Anyone can accuse me of anything and [then] it's on a Web site.""
Indeed. If you enjoy Falafel, we'd strongly recommend that you not follow this link (warning: definitely not work-safe) to find out exactly what Bill's referring to.

p.s. more O'Reilly goodness from the dependable P. O'Neill.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

About me

  • An early-thirties male Irish technologist living and working in Dublin, I'm a former (recovering) member of both Fianna Fáil and the Roman Catholic Church.

    I'm not a member of any political party these days, but my opinions can be broadly categorised as 'lefty' and republican. I am also a former member of the Irish Defence Forces.

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