There aren’t many figures in U.S. media who have done more harm to the nation as a result of their incorrect, imbecilic and irrational platitudes than Fox News neocon fixture Bill O’Reilly. In case you forgot, Mr. O’Reilly was one of the most vocal supporters of the Iraq war, and was adamant in his conviction that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as he beat the nightly war drums. The man is dangerous disgrace to his profession, the U.S. constitution and pretty much the human species. Only in America can a chicken-hawk like Mr. O’Reilly who has helped cause so much death and destruction still be on the air after having been so wrong on so many important issues.
Fox News flamethrower Bill O’Reilly shocked fans and foes alike yesterday by apologizing for accepting President Bush’s claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. “I’m sorry,” O’Reilly said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in a stunning mea culpa. “I think all Americans should be concerned about this, for their families and themselves, that our intelligence isn’t as good as it should be,” he said. O’Reilly was one of the loudest voices calling for Saddam Hussein’s ouster at the “We report, You decide” network and called him a “killer with huge stocks of anthrax and other deadly weapons.
Sick of the official and very serious theater that passes for America’a presidential election? Then enjoy the following less than serious theater courtesy of the comic duo of Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart, whose “Rumble 2012” was the best 90 minute lampoon of America’s hypnotic fascination with whose (skewed?) ratings did what first thing in the morning, whose non-sex tape was released over the weekend, who misspoke in the past 12 hours, but most importantly how no matter who is in charge on November 7, nothing will actually change. Finally, what better way to start your Sunday than with a laugh at some politicians’ expense?
There were all the trappings of a high-octane presidential debate: the over-the-top declarations, the pre-practiced zingers and the schmaltzy appeals to America’s truest values. But the presidential candidates were nowhere to be found.