It’s a wonder Bill O’Reilly doesn’t talk about himself in the third person.
The depth and breadth of Bill O’Reilly’s arrogance seemingly knows no bounds. Recently, the right-wing Fox News commentator again granted himself permission (still suffering from his God complex) to take credit for something that he simply deserves no credit for in any way, shape or form. But, the reason that Bill O’Reilly is taking credit for the announced retirement of PBS legend Bill Moyers is precisely what makes him little more than a zit on the face of journalism. O’Reilly has had a vendetta against Moyers and, as he is apt to do, has sent his producers at different times to try and ambush Moyers simply because Big Bill disagrees with the accomplished host on some issues and sees him as a liberal.
For O’Reilly, these (meager as can be) are sufficient grounds to send low-life stalker “producers” after people.
From Think Progress:
Last night on his Fox News show, Bill O’Reilly used the news to attack Moyers and his journalistic ethics. He also claimed that his producer, Jesse Watters, was solely responsible for Moyers resigning. “Now I think we — Jesse Watters drove him out of PBS,” said O’Reilly. “I think Jesse Watters is responsible for Bill Moyers leaving.”
Ah yes, in the head of Bill O’Reilly, the fifth-rate Jesse Watters (the tough guy “producer” who stalked and intimidated a female reporter from Think Progress, Amanda Terkel, who wrote this recent article) gets credit for attacking a legend like Bill Moyers.
In 2007, Watters ambushed Moyers on the street outside his home. O’Reilly had Watters harass Moyers after the PBS journalist ran a program about impeaching President Bush. O’Reilly claimed that Moyers symbolized “Americans who want their country to lose in Iraq, based upon hatred of all things Bush,” which he determined was a good reason to send his henchman to Moyers’ house. According to O’Reilly, this one interview was what drove Moyers out of his job two years later.
This just shows how arrogant Bill O’Reilly is to think that an ambush “interview” from a couple of years back drove Bill Moyers completely out of the business.
Talk about a delayed reaction, but in the world of Bill O’Reilly it is so.
Terkel, in her article, does highlight one of my favorite video clips of all time: Fox News “reporter” Porter Berry’s pitiful attempt to ambush Moyers.
Berry is at least 0-2 because he also was schooled by Fr. Michael Pfleger in another of my favorite videos.
Just to show you how angry O’Reilly is at Moyers, his attack continued as he hosted another right-wing talker, Bernie Goldberg.
GOLDBERG: Avuncular, right. But you know what? I knew Bill Moyers at CBS. I worked with him. He’s a very serious guy. And in that sense I give him — I give him credit. When a lot of people were going for fluff, Bill Moyers wanted to do serious journalism.
Some place along the line, Bill, he stopped being a journalist, and he started of being an advocate. He stopped being a journalist, and he started being an evangelist. And the religion he was preaching for was liberalism.
O’REILLY: Far left.
GOLDBERG: Far left. And when you’re — when you’re that kind of person, there are no shades of gray.
O’REILLY: Now I think we — Jesse Watters drove him out of PBS. I think Jesse Watters is responsible for Bill Moyers leaving. Now Bill Moyers is hammering Bush and Cheney, wanted them impeached, this and that, and you know, taking shots at The Factor. So we sent Jesse out to talk with him. Roll the tape.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JESSE WATTERS, FACTOR PRODUCER: Mr. Moyers, what do you think about that? I mean, come on, do you think…
BILL MOYERS, PBS: Come on my show. I’ll ask you. Bill won’t do it. He doesn’t have the courage. But I’ll ask you.
WATTERS: Bill would have been here today but he’ interviewing Lindsay Lohan.
MOYERS: Oh, of course. Bill’s got his priorities in line.
WATTERS: That’s right. He would have loved to be here, but he can’t make it tonight.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right.
GOLDBERG: I’m amazed he knew who Lindsay Lohan was.
O’REILLY: Look, and that was a joke, by the way. There was no Lindsay Lohan interview.
Ha, ha … oh that is so funny.
Once again, O’Reilly uses his platform to attack someone with which he has disagreement. This time (but not the first time) it’s Bill Moyers.
Religion, liberalism … these guys are nuts.
Bill O’Reilly never had the journalistic integrity of Bill Moyers.
Unlike Moyers, O’Reilly gets on television almost every night and lies about being fair.