by Larry Simons
March 21, 2008
For weeks now, the professor of propaganda, the sultan of spin, Bill O’ Reilly, has been leading a personal crusade against any website that dare utter any ideology that he opposes. In no way am I condoning threatening, racist comments by any website on Billo’s shit list (Daily Kos, Huffington Post), but to Billo this goes a lot deeper than a vile comment here or there. It’s personal to Billo. He opposes the politics of the website in general, therefore he chooses to attack the very small number of people who leave objectionable comments in order to invalidate and smear the central purpose of the site itself.
Do these sites have people that post vile, slanderous comments? Of course they do. Any site that is moderately popular will receive a substantial amount of visits. The odds of a website being nasty comment-free when half of a million people visit it everyday are about the same as Billo doing an entire telecast of his show and not lying.
This is not about what website posted this or posted that. This is about good old-fashioned hypocrisy, Billo-style. To Bill O’ Reilly, it’s not about facts, truth, integrity or fair reporting. It’s about how much he can stir up the shit storm to orchestrate more controversy on his failing show, which is rapidly sliding in the ratings. Of course, Billo counters this fact by just merely stating that his show is #1, which doesn’t contradict the fact that he’s dropping in viewership.
Billo’s attacks began last year when he started crucifying the Daily Kos for letting bloggers post inappropriate comments and pictures. Keep in mind they were "inappropriate" to Bill O' Reilly, the same man who sexually harrassed one of his staffers in 2004 and ended the whole ordeal by settling out of court by paying the victim, Andrea Mackris, millions. The same man who doesn't pass up a chance to show footage of scantily-clad babes on his show under the guise of a "legitimate" social issue story. The same man in whom about 90% of his guests and analysts are females--and not JUST females, but hot babes who look like they could take a second job at Hooters.
Billo doesn’t like the Daily Kos, therefore the purpose and message of the Daily Kos must be fraudulent because 10 or 11 people post comments that are deemed unacceptable to Bill "falafel" O' Reilly. More recently Billo’s anger has been pointed to Arianna Huffington for “allowing” bloggers to post, in Billo’s words “vile” comments.
Whether the comments are nasty, vile, racist, hateful or slanderous takes a backseat to the fact that Billo not only contradicts himself by condemning others when his OWN site allows the same nasty comments, but that he has the audacity to compare postings on a blog to Nazism. This is what Billo said last month to an email he read on his show:
“from the late nineteen twenties to nineteen thirty-three when Hitler became chancellor, the Nazis used vile propaganda to demonize Jews and others in the eyes of the German people. The used newspapers, radio, leaflets and rallies to build up enormous hatred towards your family. Today we’re seeing the same thing on the net here in America, there is no difference. When Arianna Huffington allows people to say that Nancy Reagan should suffer terribly and then die, that is no different that what doctor Joseph Goebbels and others were putting out way back then.”
Here’s the clip:
Yeah, Billo, except for the fact that Goebbels’ job was to censor every branch of the arts and media (newspapers, books, film, novels, plays, broadcasts and concerts) and not ALLOW it as you claim Huffington does. Goebbels would not allow free speech. You claim Arianna Huffington allows it. How are they doing the same thing? We live in America Billo, where we are FREE to say things we want. We have laws against threats, slander and libel. If we speak and break none of the laws established, it is allowed. You may not like it Billo, but if the law is not broken then I guess you just have to live with that thorn in your side called the Constitution. Goebbels probably would have been an employee of FOX News and would have despised Huffington.
Watch the clip of O’ Reilly attacking Huffington and calling her actions (of ALLOWING posts on her blog---not actually posting them herself) Nazi-like
The most glaring hypocritical action (or I should say, NON-action) is the fact that Billo continually attacks the Huffington Post when right NOW, as I speak, racist and vile comments are posted on FoxNews.com and they’ve been on there for at least 2 days, and I have not seen him say ONE word about it. Seems his internet police is on vacation. Click HERE for the page where I personally witnessed at least 2 racist, vicious comments aimed at black people. As of this writing, they are still there. Below you will see screen shots I captured of the comments just incase FoxNews.com has removed them.
The irony of all this is, is that most of the time when Bill O’ Reilly makes a claim or an accusation, it is usually the opposite that is the truth. He claims his show is the “No-Spin Zone” when on countless occasions even on my site alone I have shown video evidence of Billo’s spin. He claims FOX News is fair and balanced. How many hundreds of times have we seen this to be a lie? I can’t even count how many times he has invited 2 conservative talking heads on his show to ridicule a liberal issue or guest and no one from the other side of the argument was invited to speak.
Same thing applies here. Billo claims that websites like the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post are agents of propaganda and equates them with Joseph Goebbels. In reality, it is Bill O’ Reilly who is more like Goebbels than anyone he criticizes. How many times have we seen Billo cut the mikes of his guests? How many times have heard Billo tell his guests to “shut up”? Billo doesn’t allow free speech, yet he claims he does.
Billo has stated on many occasions, “I’m a free speech guy”, yet calls for censorship, FBI investigations, people being fired for just saying things he doesn’t like, telling guests to shut up and cutting them off while they speak. Then Billo has the nerve to say OTHERS are like Joseph Goebbels when they do the complete opposite of what Goebbels would have done…….ALLOW freedom of expression.
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” (Adolf Hitler)
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Joseph Goebbels)
Ahh yes, how Hitler and Goebbels would have loved FOX News.