Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bill O'Reilly takes aim at San Francisco

This is from MSNBC News:

Does Bill O'Reilly have it in for the city by the bay?

San Franciscans have been in an uproar this week over apparent comments by the host of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that it was A-OK for terrorists to wipe the city off the map.

At issue are comments from O'Reilly's Election Day broadcast on his syndicated Westwood One radio show about a San Francisco ballot measure opposing the presence of military recruiters in city schools.

"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," O'Reilly said, according to a transcript and audio posted by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America, and by the San Francisco Chronicle.

"And if al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. 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," O'Reilly continued, referring to the 1933 San Francisco landmark that sits atop Telegraph Hill.

Coit Tower, San Francisco

What can I say, but Bill O'Reilly is a complete fraud. This man uses hate to slander anyone who has a dissenting viewpoint that opposes Republican propaganda and conservative right-wingnut ideologies. He sits on his perch at Fox News and spews his crap to the ideologues for the sake of ratings and fat corporate profits. He is not a journalist. He is not even a commentator--a commentator would at least analyze both sides of a complex issue before making an opinion. He's a charlatan and a whore of the worst kind, playing down to the lowest form of sub-human constituents for that almighty dollar.

And yet, he succeeds wildly in his niche.

ThinkProgress blogsite contained a post saying that O'Reilly was setting up a McCarthy-styled "enemies list" of "internet smear sites" that have criticised his recent comments about San Francisco. This enemies list has spread like wildfire through the progressive blogosphere, where bloggers have been requesting that their names be posted on O'Reilly's enemies list. Shakespeare's Sisters, Earl Bockenfeld's Radio Weblog, and Lance Mannion have provided tips to bloggers on how to get on O'Reilly's enemies list. Instead of an "enemies list," O'Reilly has created something akin to a rite of passage for the progressive and liberal bloggers. Yes, I've created and sent my own little email letter requesting my blogsite to be added to the list. Here is my letter:

Dear Bill O'Reilly:

I received word through Shakespeare's Sisters and the Think Progress blogsites that you plan to compile an "enemies list" on your website. Please add my blogsite to your list.

I could continue by saying you're a money-grubbing, hate-filled, right wing-nut fascist idiot, but I'm not going to say that. I think you are smart enough to portray this image on your radio and television programs as a means to sell your books, clothes, totes, mugs and hats to ignorant, right-wing evangelists and lower-class workers who not only have no ability to think or analyze complex issues for themselves, but are brainwashed by the same old GOP lies and vitriol that you spew every day. You're a charlatan who has sold out whatever journalistic or analytical integrity you may have had, for corporate profit. Your website at gives your true self away--the site has no news, commentary or any informational content. But there's plenty of links to purchase anything with your name and picture on.

I cannot stand to watch your television show on Fox, or even listen to your radio program. Even reading the recent debacle of where you flapped your mouth off, saying San Francisco should be blown up by Al Qaeda terrorists because the city voted to ban military recruitment from schools, makes me want to gag in disgust. So you want to compile and "post the names of all who support the smear merchants on" Put my name and blogsite on your list. I want to know "know who was with the anti-military internet crowd" so we can expose your lies, the hate-filled Republican propaganda you've regurgitated, and the show the country what a complete fraud you are.


Eric A Hopp

What can I say? It was just too fun not to be a part of.

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