Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Crooks & Liars has video of O'Reilly going out of his way to encourage a FoxNews employee be fired for punditry that was critical of...

...Bill O'Reilly.

It's come to this, for no purpose other than vanity, O'Reilly pulls the kind of cheap stunts talk radio pulls for rating stunts.

But the point is, there's no reason for O'Reilly to engage in this, especially publicly, but for his own vanity. It isn't for ratings. Though all cable news ratings are miniscule, sadly, O'Reilly's ratings are boffo for cable news, the best of any show (sad, but true). It certainly isn't for the quality of the discourse. I imagine a portion of that audience are people just there for the potential trainwreck. If O'Reilly was going to go off against someone,you think it would be someone a little more prominant than Neil Gabler. Gabler is one of the panelists on the channels "FoxNews Watch". It cannot be one of Fox's highest rated shows - though it is probably their best show.

But Gabler ridiculed O'Reilly's "War on Christmas" a couple of months ago, ridiculed it in a rather understated way. And how does O'Reilly react, he publicly asks he be fired and calls him a "rabid dog". Projection.

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