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Rupert Murdoch a pinhead? O’Reilly’s sleazy boss doesn’t like his star

Posted by James McPherson on November 28, 2008

Bill O’Reilly, the self-appointed culture warrior and would-be savior of Christmas (as if either the holiday or Christians face any real threat in America)  obviously has his fans, the conservative versions of those who admire Keith Olbermann on the other side. But O’Reilly’s boss, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, apparently isn’t among those fans.

Politico’s Michael Calderone offers a sneak peak of a Michael Wolff biography of Murdoch (longtime producer of sleazy tabloid newspapers and new owner of the Wall Street Journal). The book apparently states that Murdoch, Fox News chief Roger Ailes (whom O’Reilly recently termed “a patriot“), and “everybody else at News Corps’ highest levels … absolutely despises” O’Reilly.

Here’s a battle in which we can hope both sides lose. After all, O’Reilly is well known as a bully and a liar, while Fox News is both the network at which people are most likely to complain about trash on television and the news network most likely to provide that trash. For example, today’s lead stories on the Fox Web site include a piece (with slideshow) about “Playboy’s sexiest celebrity covers” and one about Ashley Dupre’s supposed desire to go “from hooker to singer” (also linked to a slideshow including pics of the prostitute who helped bring down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer).

I don’t think I’d rank either O’Reilly or Murdoch as a patriot. And to use another O’Reilly phrase: “Pinheads? You decide.”

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3 Responses to “Rupert Murdoch a pinhead? O’Reilly’s sleazy boss doesn’t like his star”

  1. Peter said

    Agreed. Neither O’Reilly or Murdoch is a patriot. It’s so unfortunate that Reilly has so much sway over his viewers because he hardly ever offers guests who give a balanced perspective of the current discussion or situation. He’s just one big ego with a television show and his “news” is basically one big opinion – his own.

  2. You don’t have to like Mr. Murdoch’s politics (in fact, you can hate them). But you have to recognize what a great job he’s done growing News Corporation into the media industry leader. Fixated on the future, obsessive about competitors, willing to Disrupt and full of White Space projects to try new things has made News Corporation a powerhouse – at a time when most media companies (look at Tribune Corporation) fear failure. Read more at http://www.thephoenixprinciple.com

  3. The Glenn Beck Review said

    You may enjoy my current post about Rupert Murdoch. When I found the information, it was eye opening. Pin head? No. Scoundrels? Yes.

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