And something about a feud with Rush Limbaugh that the clip on this page seems to have missed the beginning of. Still, this is some pretty good argument porn. Extra marks for serial eye-rolling and constant interruption.
In a rather unusual takedown of a conservative, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly slammed Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night, calling her attacks on President Barack Obama in a speech last week “trivial.”
In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Bachmann criticized Obama for “lavish” spending and using taxpayer dollars to fund, among other items, a dog walker. Some of these claims were challenged, which led to an awkward hallway encounter between Bachmann and CNN reporter Dana Bash on Wednesday.
In an extensive piece on Gawker.com, John Cooks exposes more of the bitter ugliness of O’Reilly as he tried to annul his marriage to his ex-wife and get her kicked out of the Catholic Church. Mr. “Traditionalist” now joins the consevative ranks of a divorcés along with Limbaugh, Rudy, Newt, Ted ‘Poopy Pants’ Nugent, etc., etc., etc.,
Check out the entire lengthy and revealing piece over at Gawker entitled: “Bill O’Reilly’s Divorce Is So Ugly, God Got Involved”. A few interesting tidbits:
We have now confirmed that O’Reilly and Maureen McPhilmy have been formally divorced, that she has since married the detective, and that O’Reilly is in the midst of a scorched-earth custody battle—dubbed, appropriately enough, Anonymous v. Anonymous—over the ex-couple’s two children.
In May 2010, O’Reilly and his wife began living in separate houses less than half a mile from each other on Long Island. In 2011, O’Reilly used his connections with the Nassau County Police Department (and the potential for donations to a nonprofit affiliated with the department) to try to launch an internal affairs investigation into McPhilmy’s new boyfriend—a Nassau County detective—for the crime of sleeping with Bill O’Reilly’s wife. With the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, we are currently suing the NCPD for access to public records, including O’Reilly’s correspondence with former commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, about the episode. That case is on appeal to the Second Department of New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division.
In October 2011, McPhilmy took O’Reilly to court after learning that the woman she thought had been a neutral therapist serving the needs of her children was in fact a member of her ex-husband’s household staff. The therapist, a Long Island licensed social worker named Lynne Kulakowski, was working long days and some evenings in O’Reilly’s house, on his payroll, and basically acting as the children’s nanny.
Gawker has learned, seeking an annulment of his 15-year marriage, which produced two children. Null and void. Invalid in the eyes of God. Never happened. This despite his manifest belief in the “stability” that straight marriage brings to the culture and concern at the (purportedly) declining marriage rates in countries that allow gay people to marry one another. If successful, the annulment would presumably render his 2004 escapade with former producer Andrea Mackris, whom he repeatedly and vividly sexually harassed with threats to take “the falafel thing…and put it on your pussy,” retroactively kosher with Jesus. (It would also make him even more of an asshole than his familial nemesis Joseph Kennedy, who tried and failed to have his 12-year marriage annulled.)
Bill O’Reilly blew up at the usually sedate Alan Colmes on his show last night when Colmes consistently provided specific examples of programs - namely Medicare - President Obama has offered to cut in order to end the sequester. O’Reilly’s response was simply to say they weren’t specific, even though they are specific, and he repeatedly called Colmes a liar, as well as repeating the tired old wingnut meme that Obama is making people suffer on purpose.
He even came close to using a bad word.
Let’s go to the tape:
*This is the headline Media Matters used for the story, even though O’Reilly didn’t actually say that.
Media Matters did, however, post a chart indicating specific programs the President would cut to end the sequester:
Billo seems to agree. Of course ‘better’ in this context can only mean even more grotesquely stupid, ignorant and bigoted than we’ve seen yet.
Jon Stewart reminds Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg that the wealthy descendants of immigrants shitting on those fresh off the boat is our American heritage.
While there are vast gulfs between my opinions and Bill’s in many areas, I don’t mind saying he gets this right.
O’Reilly calls the One Million Moms action a form of McCarthyism and a “witch hunt”.
Says Rios: “It isn’t about Ellen Degeneres, but it is about mainstreaming something that is not acceptable to Christian and traditional family people all over the country.”
Asks O’Reilly: “What is the difference between a McCarthy-era Communist blacklist and the Million Moms saying hey, JC Penney, don’t you hire any gay people. Don’t you dare. What is the difference?”
Says Rios: “The problem is that Ellen DeGeneres has chosen to act out her lesbian lifestyle, marry her partner, and what that represents…we are seeing homosexuality so embedded in our culture in alarming ways.”
Bill O’Reilly, reportedly walking out of a Newt Gingrich fundraiser held last night in DC (see update below), is asked by Wisconsin community organizer Brendan Lane if he attended the fundraiser. O’Reilly ignores him and then, with no prompting, strikes Lane with his umbrella. He then says, “Hey, sorry about that.” O’Reilly, with Lane following at a distance, then walks with his now-broken umbrella over to a Capitol police officer. Incredibly, you can hear O’Reilly say that he wants to press charges against the man he just struck.
It’s a good thing for Lane that he caught O’Reilly’s temper tantrum on tape, otherwise he could have ended up in prison, falsely accused of assault. As for O’Reilly, it’s revealing that he not only struck Lane - on tape no less - but then sought to press false charges. Will there be consequences?
video at Right Wing Watch.
Of all the places you’d expect to find Bill O’Reilly’s new history “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever,” Ford’s Theatre — the site of the dreadful act — should rank right at the top. But you’d do better to search for the bestseller on Amazon because it has been banned from the theater’s store.
The crime? O’Reilly and his co-author Martin Dugard have displayed a serial disregard for historical fact.
For a purported history of the assassination — an “unsanitized and uncompromising … no spin American story,” as the authors put it, “Killing Lincoln” is sloppy with the facts and slim on documentation, according to a study conducted by Rae Emerson, the deputy superintendent of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, which is a unit of the National Park Service.
Other Lincoln experts also have sounded off. In a review published in the November issue of “North & South — The Official Magazine of the Civil War Society,” historian Edward Steers Jr. cites many instances where the book strays from documented history, then asks, “If the authors made mistakes in names, places, and events, what else did they get wrong? How can the reader rely on anything that appears in ‘Killing Lincoln’”?