I’m fascinated with the cult of Bill O’Reilly, as for one I can’t understand how anyone can see him as a journalist or reporter (notwithstanding his stint on the paragon of objective journalism, Inside Edition*), as at best he’s reduced himself to a often hilariously ill-informed commentator and self-proclaimed ‘culture warrior’. Personally, I tend to think of him as that obnoxious drunk guy at the party who starts off telling off-color jokes, and ends up leaning in too close as he goes off on a barely concealed racist & sexist tirade about how bad the White Man has it nowadays. Except that in this case, some morons gave him a nationwide live mic.
To whit: Let’s take a look at a recent example of Bill’s fine journalistic prowess with this report on the underground movement of militant gays and lesbians** who are roaming our urban centers to recruit for their nefarious homosexual agenda through muggings, murder, and rape, armed with their nefarious wits and (get this) pink pistols. Really.
As you probably can guess, the whole report is complete and utter bullshit. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog details just how far into fantasyland this particular segment devolved, as “Fox News crime analyst” Rod Wheeler proved unable to produce a single police report backing up his insane claims. Of course, that’s not his fault, but rather the fault of (in his words) “the so-called experts [who are] are missing it.”
And people wonder why I don’t watch television anymore….
*Yes, yes, I’m aware he has a longer career in journalism than Inside Edition. But frankly, that’s like letting Eric Clapton off the hook for his post-1977 audio crimes by only recognizing Cream.
**Can anyone explain why ‘gay’ is exclusive to homosexual men? I don’t get it.