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Archive for June 11th, 2008

Bill O’Reilly: liar, bully and buffoon

Posted by James McPherson on June 11, 2008

Father Charles Coughlin often serves as the historical prototype for on-air fanaticism and bullying. As it turns out, statistically the good father was a slacker compared to Bill O’Reilly.

Below are some of Bill’s “best”–helped in the first case by the laughably inane Ann Coulter-wannabe Michelle Malkin. Malkin, you’ll remember, managed to turn right-wing Dunkin’ Donuts (which she previously had promoted over Starbucks) into an Islamic terrorist front, forcing the company to pull some of its advertising. She is noted for lying and distortion. (By the way, Michelle, Dunkin is now promoting “going green.”)

And you gotta love when O’Reilly says (late in the first video),  “We stayed in the parameters… of what was true.” Oh, and just for fun if you want to get a real sense of what it must be like to work for Bill, play all three videos at once.

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