My boss, Leesa, called me late last night, in tears, with a half-put-together idea. This is why:

My boss’ cousin is Jaime Wild. She is the young mother of 3 and last year was diagnosed with MND (ALS). Jaimee is using what time she has left to help other people by raising awareness of and campaigning for the much-needed research necessary to find a cure. She knows it won’t come in time to save her – but she’s out there like a trooper wanting to save others.

Here is the favour I need from you:

There is a fundraising birthday party scheduled for this coming Saturday night – a celebration ball if you will – with proceeds going towards MND research and to give Jaime a most memorable birthday. Last night my Leesa got the call to speak at this ball – so unsure of being able to speak without falling apart, Leesa came up with the idea of collecting 10-30 second videos of people from all around the world coming together with smiling faces to wish Jaimee a happy birthday – that she can make into a collage and present at the ball.

When I awoke this morning the idea hit me – we could collect selfies, and photoshop the person’s birthday wish on top – including their first name and the name of their country. It would look something like “Happy Birthday Jaime! – Lynn from Australia” just under the face in the selfie and we could get dozens of them interspersed with the vime collection.

If Any of you reading this would help us out I would be most grateful – just post your selfie and what you want me to say on it to:

Subject: Selfie
asciident@yahoo.com.au

 

Attach the selfie and write yur wish in the body and I will combine the two before sending them off to Leesa. I will link the finished product to you here on Sunday as I am certain Leesa will post it on youtube.

Thank you all in advance – OzMud

Here’s Jaimee on our local news: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2015/02/26/brave-mum-fights-against-mnd/

This from Raw Story:

I have been working on a follow-up piece on Bill O’Reilly and his surrounding controversy but had to take time out to post this. I’m taking a lot of heat from some friends back in the states who insist the president should have dropped everything and shown his support for our Israeli allies this week – a stance to which  I am 100% opposed. It’s difficult to convince some people this was never about support for our Jewish communities – but about how very much the Israeli leader wants to push the US into his war with Iran.

Here are a couple of memes I found helpful…

Netanyahu 1999

 


Netanyahu 2015


Netanyahu - Anonymous

 

From a USA TODAY editorial:

By journalism ethics, Fox should distance itself from its truth-challenged employee. But that’s not likely to happen because for Fox and its fans, credibility is established by different means. Having common enemies matters more than factual detail. That’s why Fox has left a canyon-wide gap between its standards and those of NBC.

NBC took its tarnished anchor off the air; Fox let O’Reilly use his show to go on the attack. NBC executives began an investigation of Williams; Fox News CEO Roger Ailespublicly backed his marquee talent. Williams apologized; O’Reilly threatened journalistswriting about him.

NBC tried to make itself better. Fox went to war.

That shouldn’t be a surprise. Fox News was not created to be neutral but rather to feed a hunger among conservatives for a network they could relate to. For decades, the so-called mainstream news media left them with the impression that the press, liberals and the Democratic Party shared the same enemies: them.

And we can count his reported experiences during the 1992 L.A. riots among his growing list of tall-tales. Not that it seems to matter much. Roger Aisles is only riled when a Democrat tells a whopper while his cash cow boy is granted immunity against the same criticism.

O’Reilly’s role on Fox is quite like the parent who lords over his child with a cigarette in one hand, a beer in the other while shrieking DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO! And Fox followers are all too willing to play the obedient child.

Here is Media Matters take on this USA TODAY editorial.

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RAW STORY has a detailed account of O’Reilly’s coverage of the L.A. riots in 1992 as witnessed by his colleagues and crew. It’s a good read and I hope you take the time to go to Raw Story and give it your full attention. I’m only posting a snippet of it here because there’s a particular quote I think you will find… shall we say… interesting :)

“There were people putting out fires nearby,” said McKeown. “And Bill showed up in his fancy car.” McKeown said at one point, the driver of O’Reilly’s personal car risked causing further offence by exiting the vehicle with a bottle of Windex and polishing the roof.

“The guy was watching us and getting more and more angry,” said McKeown. “Bill was being Bill — complaining ‘people are in my eye line’ – and kind of being very insensitive to the situation.” Kirkham said: “It was just so out of line. He starts barking commands about ‘this isn’t good enough for me’, ‘this isn’t gonna work’, ‘who’s in charge here?’”

The man shouted abuse at O’Reilly and the team, crew members said, and O’Reilly ordered him to shut up. He asked “don’t you know who I am?’,” according to two members of the team

“The guy lost it,” said McKeown. Enraged, he is said to have leapt on to the team’s flatbed trailer and kicked over a light, before throwing the piece of rubble, which smashed the camera and an autocue screen. Antin said he restrained the man. But O’Reilly then continued taunting him while a producer stood between them. “Come on, you wanna take me? I’ll take you on,” O’Reilly is said to have shouted at him.

McCall said the producer, who is about a foot shorter than O’Reilly, “didn’t have much trouble holding Bill back.” McCall said: “It was a lot more show than anything else on Bill’s part”.

“don’t you know who I am?” seems to be the battlecry of the fake-at-heart. Now, where have we heard this before?

Two peas in a pod :)
Palin'Occhio PiniocchiO Reilly

PiniocchiO Reilly

A Top surgeon and head of a Woman’s Health Clinic was murdered – coincidently – after a 28-episode smear campaign spread over 3 years by the FNC television show (The O’Reilly Factor) in which he was repeatedly and relentlessly referred to by Bill O’Reilly as “Tiller the baby killer”.

Mr. O’Reilly did not coin the name, that was done by a right-wing senator, but he was responsible for putting it in the ear of millions of pro-life Fox viewers, many of whom violently opposed the concept of abortion on any level.

At some point – a man with an audience needs to be a responsible speaker. We may indeed enjoy free speech under the first amendment, but hate speech is still hate speech and repeatedly, publicly labeling a licensed doctor a baby killer is not speech we shjould ever sanction under our constitution.

From Wikipedia:

 

Tiller was discussed in 28 episodes of the Fox News talk show The O’Reilly Factor before his death in May 2009, focusing national attention on his practice. Although he later denied it, show host Bill O’Reilly sometimes described him as “Tiller the Baby Killer,” a nickname that Congressman Robert K. Dornan had used on the floor of the US House of Representatives. O’Reilly said he would not want to be Tiller, Kathleen Sebelius, and other pro-choice Kansas politicians “if there is a judgment day.”[14] On November 3, 2006, O’Reilly featured an exclusive segment on The O’Reilly Factor, saying that he had an “inside source” with official clinic documentation indicating that Tiller performed late-term abortions to alleviate “temporary depression” in pregnant woman.[15] He characterized the doctor as “a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly,” and accused him of “operating a death mill,” and of protecting the rapists of children. He suggested that Tiller performed abortions for women who had “a bit of a headache or anxiety” or who felt “a bit blue.”[16]

After Dr. Tiller was murdered, O’Reilly denied responsibility and defended his campaign against Dr. Tiller, saying: “When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime, and that’s exactly what has happened. […] Every single thing we said about Tiller was true, and my analysis was based on those facts. […] Now, it’s clear that the far left is exploiting — exploiting — the death of the doctor. Those vicious individuals want to stifle any criticism of people like Tiller. That — and hating Fox News — is the real agenda here.”[17]

 

PiniocchiO ReillyThe more time it takes for Bill O’Reilly to come clean and apologize for his past exaggerations about his street credentials in journalism and bad behaviour, the more time there is for more people to dig up more examples of past exaggerations and bad behaviour.

Bill O’Reilly flat-out lied about his participation in the reporting of a rather infamous suicide. Back in 1977 O’Reilly claimed to have been standing outside the home of George de Mohrenschild, a Russian man who had befriended Lee Harvey Oswald some 15 years earlier and who had only hours before been contacted by the House Select Committee investigating the JFK assassination. O’Reilly claims to have heard the shotgun fire that killed the Russian – a claim that contradicts the facts on many levels.

First, according to travel documentation, his bosses and fellow reporters, O’Reilly was in Dallas Texas at the time making phone calls trying to track down the Russian man (who was in Florida) so he could set up an interview.

Second, neither of the two maids living in the Florida house heard any gunfire at all. Both were home at the time and unaware of the suicide until the body had been discovered.

Third – and probably the most telling – O’Reilly never said a word about being at Mr. de Mohrenschild’s front door until after he began writing a book about the Kennedy Assassination some 36 years later.

Full story (plus video) at Media Matters:

In his 2012 best-selling non-fiction book Killing Kennedy, O’Reilly writes on page 300 that as a “reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide of the Russian … that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly.”

Bill O'Reilly's Killing Kennedy

O’Reilly repeated the tale for the Killing Kennedy audiobook.

He also wrote in Kennedy’s Last Days, the 2013 adaption of Killing Kennedy for younger readers: “As I knocked on the door, I heard a shotgun blast. He had killed himself.”

The Fox News host repeated the tale while promoting his book and movie special on Fox News. During an October 2, 2012, appearance on Fox & Friends, O’Reilly claimed he “was about to knock on the door where [de Mohrenschildt] was, his daughter’s house, and he blew his brains out with a shotgun.” O’Reilly replayed the clip of his 2012 appearance during a November 30, 2014, O’Reilly Factorspecial before Fox News’ airing of the Killing Kennedy film.

Rachel Maddow addresses the threats made by O’Reilly to reporters attempting to do their job – here.

Mother Jones posts interview of David Corn by Rachel Maddow about his reaction to O’Reilly’s threats – here.

I’m curious to see how Fox & Friends are going to spin their interviews with O’Reilly in which they seemed to have obediently bought into every one of Pinocchio’s lies.

Also curious to see how many more surface in the coming weeks.

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Well that didn’t take long –

Media Matters has a new reveal on a tall-tale O’Reilly spun about having witnessed the killing of Nuns in el Salvador back in 1980. Full story and video here:

O’Reilly has spoken on several occasions about his time covering the Salvadoran civil war as a CBS correspondent in 1981, suggesting at least twice that he witnessed the murder of the churchwomen. On the September 27, 2005, edition of his talk-radio programThe Radio Factor, O’Reilly said, “I’ve seen guys gun down nuns in El Salvador.” And on the December 14, 2012, edition of his Fox News show, O’Reilly spoke of telling his mother that “I was in El Salvador and I saw nuns get shot in the back of the head.”

However, O’Reilly could not possibly have witnessed the murder of the churchwomen if his own timeline is to be believed. The former CBS correspondent only arrived in El Salvador in 1981, as he mentioned on the February 22, 2002, edition of The O’Reilly Factor, saying (according to Nexis transcript), “Before I went to El Salvador in 1981, I talked with some experienced Latin American experts, people who had seen the brutal wars down there for themselves. I had never been in a war zone before, so I wanted some prep.”

Point of fact: the rape and murder of the four Americans occurred on December 2, 1980 and according to historical records no other nuns or Americans were killed past that incident.

The problem with bloviating lying as often as Mr. O’Reilly seems to is that it gets harder and harder to bend the truth and keep the lies straight at the same time. It should come as no surprise then that O’Reilly has verbally on the air and through his own writings, altered the details of his stories on several occasions to such an extent as to now find himself swimming in a sea of self-contradiction.

I’m guessing he’s starting to seriously regret having gone after Brian Williams, which was the impetus for creating this Pandora’s Box in the first place.

PiniocchiO Reilly

 

Fox News Channel throws the stations full support behind their biggest star. Houston we may have a problem…

 

…the problem with chucking a tanty during the filming of your nightly news broadcast is that the camera probably won’t stop rolling just because you began behaving badly – and the intern you just told to fuck off is highly motivated to keeping a copy for himself – and then one day you really piss someone off and the clip of your tantrum ends up on youtube.

Full story at Liberals Unite:

Fox journalism… when you just gotta tell someone to fuck off.

PiniocchiO Reilly

Oh looky! An actual, bonafide, card-carrying journalist calls out O’Reilly on national televsion for lying about his *cough* combat zone credentials. And he’s apparently not the only one!

When O’Reilly made the claim that he had been the only journalist to get footage of the anti-war rally in Buenos Aires, (which he then falsely describes as a combat zone in the Falklands war) the other five – still living – journalists and their camera crews also assigned to the story AND their on-site director take umbrage. Putting six other reputations on the line may just be his downfall.

And so the game is afoot!

Be sure to watch both video clips in the link below and stock up on popcorn because it looks like this is just the beginning…

Mother Jones vindicated in first CNN interview.  with promise of more to come.

UPDATE:

CBS releases original footage – O’Reilly tries to use it to vindicate himself but falls flat on his two-face. Mother Jones has full story.

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