Bill O’Reilly, darling of the Rupert Murdoch tribute to propaganda channel (or Fox News, take your pick) has always been recognized as a bastion of sensitivity. This is the guy who routinely belittles his guests on air (like Jeremy Glick, whose father died as a result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11), regularly mocks other countries (hello French and Canadian readers), and engages in shouting matches on C-SPAN (and you know they love a good fight over there).
If you’ve watched his show even a few times, you’ll quickly recognize one trait about Mr. O’Reilly: he’s an asshole. Sometimes he may actually have a point buried underneath all that hot air, but he’s an asshole all the same. I’m sure the people of San Francisco would agree.
“Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead.”
I guess I should be careful of how I vote in the next election. I wouldn’t want to see Texas take another stab at independence.
“And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it,” he said. “We’re going to say, look every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower, go ahead.”
So not only is O’Reilly kicking San Francisco out of the Union, he’s also giving terrorist network, al Qaeda, tips on what city landmarks are worth attacking. Why is this man the host of cable news’ number one news program again? Please don’t answer that. It will only depress me to know the real reason why so many Americans enjoy his show.
What prompted O’Reilly’s incendiary remarks? Well 60% of San Franciscans voted for a measure that urges local high schools and colleges to bar military recruiters from their campus. Many refer to it as predatory recruiting.
Why would O’Reilly be so upset about this? Did he serve in the military? Short answer: hell nawl. Though he’s claimed on many occasions to have “seen combat,” he admitted to never actually serving in the military to a caller on his own show. I’ve seen “Saving Private Ryan,” so perhaps I should start walking around telling people I’m a Navy SEAL. I’m sure that will go over well with people.
I should head to the mall first thing in the morning and beg Santa to shut this guy up.