Saturday, March 11, 2006

Is Bill O'Reilly a Terrorist?

One of the provisions of the new PATRIOT Act signed in to law by George W. Bush makes it illegal to make threats to try and coerce someone to change their opinions. It is defined as an act of terrorism.Anybody who would continue to do so can be reported to the FBI.
Lately, Bill O'Reilly has been getting phone calls to is daily radio show who disagree with him. It is not against the law to disagree with O'Reilly, and given that his show claims to be "fair and balanced, one would think that he would welcome opinions from both sides an issue. But lately, O'Reilly has threatened to turn those who disagree with him over to Fox security. And at least two callers have received threatening phone calls from Fox security.
One caller made the mistake of mentioning Keith Olberman's name. Olberman and O'Reilly are in a pissing match with each other, watching neither, I'm not sure what the gripes are, and as far as I know, Olberman is using people's dislike for O'Reilly to build ratings for his own show.
Meanwhile O'Reilly's ratings have slipped 21%, although it would be unfair to give credit to Olberman for the ratings slip. O'Reilly has a daily radio show for two hours, plus the O'Reilly Factor nightly on Fox as well as a newspaper column . Overexposure will hurt any celebrity's career, and there's only so much Bill O'Reilly that even his biggest fans can take in a day.
This blog, like any other is just a matter of opinion. You can take it or leave it. And there's an option for you to dissent, and perhaps, through reason, you can get me to see things in a different light.
In the meantime, you could send O'reilly some falafel. Or a loofa on a pita.

12 comments:

thepoetryman said...

Is Bill O'Really a terrorist? short answer- Yes! Long answer- Hell! Yes! ... sorry. I had to get that out. Like your cat in motion. Nifty. Peace... http://apoeticjustice.blogspot.com/

Randy Anderson said...

Thanks for pointing out what many of us know but have not officially said. In my opinion, O'Reilly comes across as a xenophobe. In addition, his hatred of people who think differently from him bleeds from his lips on every show.

I do not understand why O'Reilly's hatred toward others is allowed to be spouted (even admired in some circles) but the president of Iran's hatred toward others is not.

www.thefallofhumanity.com

Kvatch said...

One of the provisions of the new PATRIOT Act signed in to law by George W. Bush makes it illegal to make threats to try and coerce someone to change their opinions.

Would that this were true--a one-way ticket to Gitmo for 'ol Clown Shoes. LOL.

But unfortunately I think you're referring to Patriot Act, Section 802 which expands the definition of "domestic terrorism" to include acts "dangerous to human life" that are primarily intended to coerce the civilian population.

So no rendition for O'Reilly. :-(

Kvatch said...

Well...let me qualify what I just said. No trip to Gitmo for O'Reilly unless what he intended with those loofahs was more destructive than we've been led to believe. I know I lost my cookies...

LILY BRANFORD said...

I am done with talking about O Reilly because I think he should be viewed as the entertainment he is and he knows he is, he laughs all the way to the bank.

Granny said...

To us he's a buffoon but there are people who hang on his every word and that makes him, and others like him, dangerous.

Neil Shakespeare said...

I'm sorry, but it IS against the law to criticize Bill O'Reilly. It's the little known 'O'Reilly Act' that went through on the shirtails of the 'Patriot Act'.

Left of Center said...

I'll send O'Reilly an Oberman vibrator, he should find that stimulating.

Kathleen Callon said...

Lew,

I keep typing and deleting, (because I keep rambling), but I think Granny can summarize everything I want to say. He is "a buffoon", and the more legislation I read about the more I get upset. Everyone wants to sway opinion, because that is what dialog is all about. It's one of our freedoms. O'Reilly should be able to spew his diatribe, but any rational person should be able to recognize it for what it is... verbal diarrhea.

Russ rocked today. I'm not a Dem. I'm Independent. The only person I like right now is Russ, but he's better than all the Dems combined. I wish America would coalesce and vote consciously every next election. I', a wife, have three kids, go to school, and have what seem like infinite responsibilities, but I make sure to keep informed. I know what I've voting when I walk into my polling place. I don't vote all one way or another. No one who votes has an excuse... if we're uninformed, we need to stay home on election days.

Great post.

(Sorry, I ended up rambling anyway. You rock, Lew.)

Kathleen Callon said...

Sorry for the typos. Peace.

Kat

LILY BRANFORD said...

I think most of us have families, responsibilities, etc. but I don't think anyone should stay home on election day.

An Oberman vibrator? Nooooooooooooo!

Anonymous said...

That terrorist seriously has poor judgement and continuously blocks out other people's opinions. He brings out his thoughts and ideas and claims that they are right and no one has a say in it to tell him otherwise, it drives me insane.

Yesterday, I believe, he was suggesting selling Shep's job away to Diane Sawyer. As much as I like her casuality and smoothness, it would be best if it was Bill who sold his place on the news channel and make room for someone that is found more respectable.