Loofah boy is spinning out of control in his “No-Spin Zone” because of his constant LIES about saying his two favorite words: Shut Up
by Larry Simons
September 19, 2008
OK. I can’t take the writing/research credit for this one, and quite frankly, I’m happy. Happy that I’m not the only one out there who monitors the mountain of lies that spew forth out of the mouth of The Sultan of Spin, Bill O’ Reilly.
It seems that Billo is (once again) lying about how often he has used the phrase “Shut up” during his shows’ run, and my hero, Jack Shafer, from Slate.com brilliantly points out the facts (ironically, with no spin included!).
In an article Billo did last week for the Sept. 22, 2008 edition of TIME magazine, Billo wrote a story called “10 Questions for Bill O’ Reilly” one of the questions put to him was this one:
“Do you think it's O.K. to say "shut up" to someone you are interviewing?” (Daniel Cruz, WATERBURY, CONN)
Billo’s response?: “I've said "shut up" six times in 12 years, and they all deserved it. They were either bloviating, filibustering or lying.”
Reeeeeeheeee-eeaaaalllyyyy? (To be said like Ace Ventura) Seems Billo is a tad confused on the exact number of times he has said “Shut up”.
As Shafer points out, here is a recap of how many times Billo has addressed the issue of how many times he has said “Shut up”:
Well, the "shut up" line has happened only once in six years. ...
—The O'Reilly Factor, Nov. 15, 2002
Do you know how many times I told people to shut up? Six. Three times in anger and three times just, ah, you need to shut up about things.
—60 Minutes, Sept. 26, 2004
I said, "Look, do you know how many times I said 'shut up' in six years on The Factor? Six."
—The O'Reilly Factor, Sept. 27, 2004
Well, enjoy your Kool-Aid, sir, and [in] more than nine years on the air, you can count the shut-ups on this program on one hand.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Dec. 6, 2005
In the past 10 years The Factor has been on the air, I've commanded someone to shut up five times. And they all deserved it. That's once every two years. It's not real hard to count that high.
—The O'Reilly Factor, June 29, 2006
Also, our pals in the L.A. Times continue to print that I tell guests to shut up. That has happened in a serious way exactly four times in 10 and a half years.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Feb. 12, 2007
Let’s put this in perspective and from the time frames listed above, let’s map out Billo’s own words:
Number of times Billo claims to have said “Shut Up”
1996-2005: 1-5 (he said he can count them on ONE hand)
As you can see, the number (from Billo’s own lying lips) went down from 2004-2005, and went down again from 2006-2007. No spin, huh?
According to Shafer, here is his list of Billo’s “shut ups”:
To actor Alec Baldwin:
He has dodged this program, Alec Baldwin has, for years. Bottom line: If you're going to sling it, Alec, then stand up to some fire. If not, shut up and don't be ridiculous.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Jan. 2, 1999
That Means You, Sid Blumenthal
"There is no victory for any American in the impeachment trial. The president should be ashamed of himself, and his partisans should shut up."
—Feb. 4, 1999
Where O'Reilly Learned To Say "Shut Up"
"My father didn't tell me anything. My father just said: Shut up. Eat your food. There are people starving in Korea,' but he didn't—he didn't offer a lot of career counseling, but he never discouraged me."
—Sept. 17, 1999
"If I were Rosie O'Donnell and I didn't want to get married, I'd shut up. The same thing with Madonna. Have the kids if you—you know, obviously, they have money. They can support the kids. But I'd shut up."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Dec. 14, 1999
To Dick Morris, Fox News colleague:
I'm going to give you a plug, so shut up for a minute, Dick [Morris]. Here we go. You've got the State of the Union address coming up.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Jan. 27, 2000
"Why didn't you just—why—why didn't you just not say anything? This—I never can get this for you guys, and I—and I don't mean to be arrogant or anything like—I just don't get it. Just shut up about it. Who cares what you do? That's what the Air Force is asking you to do. Shut up."
—The O’Reilly Factor, June 8, 2000
"I don't want the Scout master to tell my boys if he's gay, if he's straight, if he's a bigamist, if he's anything. I don't think that has any place in Scouting, so therefore I don't think the Scouts are wrong in saying shut up. We just don't want to hear about this."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Aug. 29, 2000
"You can do whatever you want. Just shut up about it. Little kids don't need to know whether you're homosexual, heterosexual, a cross-dresser, whatever. Don't discuss it. That's reasonable."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Sept. 28, 2000
"All of these spin-meisters on both sides should just shut up until all the [Florida] votes are counted."
—The O'Reilly Factor, Nov. 9, 2000
"I am in favor of having equal treatment for everyone. But I'm also in favor of having everybody in the military shut up about their sexuality. All right. Not discuss it, it's not germane. It's irrelevant."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Dec. 20, 2000
Welcome to My Show To Talk About Sex. Now, Please Put a Cork in It
"My thesis, you may know, is that nobody should ever talk about their sexuality in any—in any regard ever. You should not define yourself that way. It just makes life a lot rougher. So, therefore, I would probably say, if you're a gay celebrity, shut up."
—The O’Reilly Factor, March 21, 2001
O'Reilly: "I don't go running around telling everybody about my sex life, and I don't think you do either, do you?"
Hugh Downs: "No, you don't have to—"
O'Reilly: "So just shut up about it."
—The O’Reilly Factor, July 2, 2001
To Tom Daschle:
Believe me when I tell you The Factor goes out of its way to get Democrats on this broadcast. But Daschle has been and remains too frightened to appear. So with all due respect, senator, shut up.
—The O'Reilly Factor, May 17, 2002
"I'm asking you to shut up about sex."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Sept. 23, 2002
[To an atheist Eagle Scout, Darrell Lambert]: "I want to quote this—'On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and to my country and obey Scout law,' on and on and on and on. I mean, God's in the first 10 words. So why did you have to tell them you were an atheist if you didn't have any trouble reading the oath? Why didn't you just shut up?"
—The O’Reilly Factor, Oct. 30, 2002
To Mike McGough of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial page:
Hey, Mike, shut up.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Nov. 13, 2002
"Well, the 'shut up' line has happened only once in six years, Ms. Evans, and that's because the editor from Pittsburgh was filibustering, after accusing me of exploiting the families of the murder victims. The no-spin zone is a tough place, and lies and unreasonable discourse will be stopped in their tracks."
—The O’Reilly Factor, Nov. 15, 2002 (Actually I counted 17 times [up until this point], and that’s NOT counting the “shut up” to Mike McGough)
Diplomatic Gag Order
"But if the Bush administration wants to attack al-Qaida in Yemen, the Swedes should shut up, because basically it's our people who are dead, they killed our people, and we have to run them down."
—The O' Reilly Factor, Nov. 20, 2002
To anti-war protester Jeremy Glick (whose father died on 9/11): (twice!)
O'Reilly: "Shut up. Shut up."
Jeremy Glick: "Oh, please don't tell me to shut up."
O'Reilly: "As respect—as respect—in respect for your father, who was a Port Authority worker, a fine American, who got killed unnecessarily by barbarians—"
Glick: "By radical extremists who were trained by this government—"
O'Reilly: "Out of respect for him—"
Glick: "—not the people of America."
O'Reilly: "—I'm not going to—"
Glick: "—the people of the ruling class, the small minority."
O'Reilly: "Cut his mic. I'm not going to dress you down anymore, out of respect for your father. We will be back in a moment with more of The Factor."
Glick: "That means we're done?"
O'Reilly: "We're done."
—The O'Reilly Factor, Feb. 4, 2003
To Jimmy Carter:
What Jimmy Carter should do is privately give Mr. Bush his opinion and shut up publicly.
—The O'Reilly Factor, Feb. 18, 2003
Shut Up for Freedom
"And it is our duty as loyal Americans to shut up once the fighting begins, unless—unless facts prove the operation wrong, as was the case in Vietnam."
—The O'Reilly Factor, Feb. 27, 2003
To Tom Daschle again, via Sen. Evan Bayh:
If you see [Sen. Tom Daschle] for me, senator, tell him to shut up. For me. You can be nice.
—The O'Reilly Factor, March 17, 2003
To Our Brothers and Sisters in the Great White North
"Canada shouldn't have any say [about the Guantanamo prisoners] at all. I mean, just shut up about it."
—The O'Reilly Factor, April 16, 2003
Bill's Amen Corner
"Anyway, Kelsey Grammar and Robert Duvall were at this dinner, and [they] both said, hey, Dixie Chicks and all—these people should just shut up."
—The O'Reilly Factor, April 28, 2003
On Location at the Los Angeles Book Fair
[To Al Franken]: "Hey, shut up! You had your 35 minutes! Shut up!" (by the way, Franken only spoke for 20 minutes)
—June 1, 2003
Two-for-One Bank Shot
"Already the two parties are blaming each other [about the power blackout]. And I have two words for them—shut up."
—Aug. 15, 2003
To the Holy See:
And I think that the Vatican needs to wise up or shut up.
---The O’Reilly Factor, November 14, 2006
To Rocky Mountain News columnist Dave Kopel:
All right, so, Mr. Kopel, shut up for a minute, OK?
—The O'Reilly Factor, June 4, 2007
To "body language expert" Tonya Reiman:
OK. It's my turn; you shut up.
—The O'Reilly Factor, June 16, 2008
I counted 32, and keep in mind, this is not even a complete list.
Here are some classic Billo “shut ups”
Billo, you make this so easy, I do it for free. The next time somebody asks you an important fact about your behavior on your show, you should just…..shut up!
Billo wins only the bronze in Worst Person for this----but still hilarious!