Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What a guy.

Think Progress 5/02/2007

A new study by Indiana University media researchers finds that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly calls “a person or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds, on average, or nearly nine times every minute during the editorials that open his program each night.”

The study documented six months worth, or 115 episodes, of O’Reilly’s “Talking Points Memo” editorials “using propaganda analysis techniques made popular after World War I.” Researchers found that O’Reilly “was prone to inject fear into his commentaries and quick to resort to name-calling. He also frequently assigned roles or attributes — such as ‘villains’ or downright ‘evil’ — to people and groups.

Media Matters 2/27/06

FARRELL: I try to suggest that there are better ways to do it. But you know, people have the right to speak their minds, and some people are very exercised about the some of the things that the leadership in this country --

O'REILLY: But you lose credibility when you use personal attacks.

FARRELL: Some do. Some gain credibility, as you've discovered yourself.

O'REILLY: No, I don't do personal attacks here, mister. And that was a little, sneaky remark there.

FARRELL: Well, but --

O'REILLY: We don't do personal attacks.


O'Reilly Calls High Schooler A "Pinhead"

Last week, Bill O'Reilly called high school junior Jesse Lange a "pinhead" -- and Fox News removed O'Reilly's remark from subsequent airings of the segment, Radar reports.

Chris Matthews said to John Edwards, (paraphrase) "She always bite/bust* your balls like that?" (referring to Elizabeth) and MSNBC didn't even censor that.

Touchy there Bill?

*People differ in interpretations. I go with bite.


At 2:19 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

What. A. Guy.

At 3:16 PM, Blogger WestEnder said...

If you've seen the documentary "Outfoxed" about FOX News (which I recommend), you might remember the part where O'Reilly says he only told guests to "shutup" a few times.

Then they roll footage of him saying it over and over, often pointing his finger.

The guy is a doofus with an anger management problem. I'm surprised they even considered him worth analyzing.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

I assume it's because of his ratings, westender. Although he's losing market share, he still dwarfs his rivals on the other cable channels, unfortunately.


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