Posted tagged ‘Bill O’Reilly’

What Bill O’Reilly Thinks of the ‘Talk Radio Guys’ Now

June 28, 2014

Bill O’Reilly, the nation’s top rated cable news host for more than a decade, definitely leans right. But he often tries to project himself as nevertheless above the partisan fray. He’s often critical of conservative talk radio.

Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

That’s why it was a little surprising this week when O’Reilly said talk radio was right.

From the O’Reilly Factor Talking Points Memo:

But the professional criticisms are turning out to be somewhat valid. A new CBS News/”New York Times” poll usually very generous to the president shows his administration has collapsed in the court of public opinion. Independents have joined conservatives in believing the president is not doing a good job.

The basic problem is competency. And you may remember that the radio guys pointed out that Barack Obama had little experience running anything. That he was basically a community organizer and theoretician. Well, if you examine the facts, without emotion, that seems to be accurate.

Mr. Obama’s management skill and problem-solving ability are dubious. Let me back it up with a vivid example. President Obama was quite clear, quite clear, that if elected president, he would reform the Veterans Affairs Department.  … So, what happened to that pledge? Well, the V.A. is now a scandal. There are allegations that more than 1,000 American vets have actually died because they could not access proper care. The V.A. admits that more than 120,000 vets waited far too long for doctors so see them. In addition, the Feds have paid out $845 million to settle V.A. malpractice suits.

So, to be fair, it looks like the conservative radio talk show hosts were correct in their assessment of Barack Obama’s ability to run the country.

The “talk radio guys” were quite tough on Obama from the beginning of his administration. Rush Limbaugh notably said, “I hope he fails.”

To learn more about the battle between Obama and talk radio, read Chapter 12 “Obama, Tea and Talk” of The Right Frequency.

 

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O’Reilly vs. Limbaugh – What About the Facts?

June 21, 2014

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took a swipe at Rush Limbaugh this week, actually comparing him to Al Franken – a former leftwing talk radio host now serving in the Senate.

Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Sam Johnson (sam.johnson.house.gov)

Speaking at an event in New York, O’Reilly said:

“I’m not Rush Limbaugh or Al Franken, where everything has to fit into my worldview… I’m a fact-based guy. A lot of people don’t understand that.”

O’Reilly and Limbaugh have had a bit of a rivalry for a while. As The Right Frequency explains, O’Reilly – the king of cable news – tried to take on Limbaugh head to head in a Noon to 3 p.m. talk radio program. It didn’t work out so well.

To learn more about the feud with O’Reilly and Limbaugh, Sean Hannity vs. Michael Savage and other talk radio rivalries, read The Right Frequency.

Chris Matthews Absurdly Compares Conservative Ted Cruz with Leftwing Father Coughlin

June 13, 2013

MSNBC bomb thrower Chris Matthews recently compared Sen. Ted Cruz and other conservative commentators to the 1930s socialist commentator Father Charles Coughlin, a once ardent supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who later became a Nazi sympathizer.

“This guy goes pretty far,” Matthews said of Cruz. “I think he fits in the tradition of Father Coughlin and McCarthy and, of course, maybe to a lesser extent, Pat Buchanan and, of course, O’Reilly. These guys are hard right-wing guys. They look a lot alike. They have what we call the black Irish look to them. They don’t smile much. It’s quite a tradition here, but it does run to the right of the regular Republican Party.”

Coughlin was definitely a demagogue, but was not a man of the right, as Matthews and others have characterized him. Matthews is the not the first to make the odd comparison.

“Coughlin has so frequently been called ‘right wing’ it became an article of faith despite the fact that nearly all of the policies he advocated were radically progressive,” The Right Frequency explains. “He was a staunch supporter of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, telling his vast audience in the 1932 election it was “Roosevelt or Ruin.” When Roosevelt took office, Coughlin insisted that no good Christian could oppose the policies of the New Deal, and he declared an end to capitalism. So how did he earn the label rightwing? He became a virulently anti-Semitic on the airwaves and grew to sympathize with Nazi Germany. It is difficult to understand how either of those would qualify someone as a conservative. But the justification for liberal writers would be that he became just as virulently anti-Roosevelt. Never mind that the anti-Roosevelt tirades were because he thought the New Deal did not go far enough and simply lost patience with the president he so vehemently supported in the 1932 election.”

“Coughlin called the New Deal ‘Christ’s Deal.’ … Roosevelt invited Coughlin to attend the inauguration, and Coughlin praised this “Protestant President who has more courage than 90 percent of the Catholic priests in the country.” Coughlin told his listening audience that “Capitalism is doomed and is not worth trying to save,” which sounds similar to the title of one of Michael Moore’s films.

Sounding almost like a cult leader, Coughlin once declared, “I know Congress will do nothing but say ‘Mr. Roosevelt, we follow.’” He continued, “God is directing President Roosevelt,” and that “he is the answer to our prayers.” He further warned, “If Congress fails to back up the president in his monetary program, I predict a revolution in this country which will make the French Revolution look silly.”

The book goes on to say, “In 1938, Coughlin’s newspaper, Social Justice, fed readers a steady diet of pieces on Jewish control of America’s financial institutions. He published a version of the Russian diatribe ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ that accused the Jews of planning to take control of the world. … In 1940, the Catholic Church, which had already been frustrated with him for some time, silenced him. The Detroit Archbishop Edward Mooney strictly forbade Coughlin from having any ties with his newspaper Social Justice or ‘with any other publication.” Faced with the choice of being defrocked or giving up political activity, Coughlin was able to remain at the Shrine of the Little Flower. By April 1942, Attorney General Francis Biddle ordered a federal grand jury investigation of Social Justice because of what he considered its pro-Axis views. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Postal Service suspended his second class mailing privileges for Social Justice.”

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Hannity and O’Reilly Get Another 4-Year Term with Fox News

April 20, 2012

Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are about to be reelected. The two Fox News Channel stars are reportedly on the verge of renewing their contracts with the network. The contracts, interestingly, will last through 2016, the year of the next presidential race. Both hosts have proven they can attract big audiences during Democratic and Republican administrations, enduring the Clinton, Bush and Obama years. So, they will likely get another renewal in 2016 regardless of who wins the 2012 election. A key difference is that Hannity has been highly successful in radio and TV. O’Reilly did not have as much luck on radio. You can learn more about Hannity’s career and O’Reilly’s try at talk radio of The Right Frequency, available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.