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.

============ UPDATE ============

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


Sarah Palin’s sole contribution to U.S. politics has been to help a small percentage of disgruntled, old white men attempt to redefine our public elections as acts of war. The free elections coveted by Americans all these years are no longer a contest between political ideologies – no, elections are war and we must prepare for them, guns a-blazing!

How did we allow this one voice to so skew our perspective that we now believe the opposing party to be the enemy? That the office of president – if not occupied by your personal candidate – need not be respected? And since when did a person holding office be required to use the lion’s share of his time in office campaigning for the next election?

First of all, if we are always in campaign mode when does any work get done? And second, when – in America – did it become acceptable to refer to an election as a war?

Sit down Sarah, the grown-ups are talking.

News of the Palin family brawl at a private birthday bash just over a week ago is all over the internet. You can read several posts about it at The Immoral Minority, which also links back to the stories most aggressive source, Amanda Coyne.  Or just open any CNN or MSNBC search engine and type in PALIN FAMILY BRAWL. It’s quite literally all over the net.

But the best version I’ve read comes from a British Online Newspaper called The Guardian. Oh not because they have any better information than anyone else – but because of this – the final paragraph in their piece:

Palin is unpopular in the state she formerly led. A Public Policy Polling survey last month found that only 36% of voters in the state have a favourable opinion of Palin, versus 55% who view her negatively.

And that, my friends, is sweet music to my ears. Oh looky – I feel a song coming on now!


H/T to the anonymous commenter at TMI who referred to Palin as a soccer socker mom. Nicely done!

Remember Palin’s rambling attempt to critique Elizabeth Warren’s speech about supporting min wage hikes? Well in case you missed it – Hardball calls her out on her incoherent diatribe on this segment, just after Ethel Kennedy dumps ice on her head. It’s a 2-fer!

At least twice a day I climb onto Google to see if Hillary has responded to Sarah Palin’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I found Palin’s challenge to be monumentally pathetic. Most people challenge family members, friends, you know – people with whom they actually enjoy a relationship. Sarah dropped Hill’s name like they were bosom buddies and we all know that’s not true. (Hill’s are real!)

So while I don’t expect the former First Lady to actually respond to Palin, I thought it might be fun if we provided some possible replies. There’s a blank .jpg at the end – play with it in photoshop yourself or drop a suggestion in comments and I’ll print it up for you!

Here’s mine:



Here’s yours to play with:

Hillary tweeting

WHEN it comes to dissecting and understanding serious world events and an issue as complicated as Gaza, Sarah Palin’s got it covered. Apparently.

And to help the rest of us get a grip on the situation Ms Palin has kindly released a nine-minute ramble on the truth about the war in Israel. takes aim at Sarah Palin’s new news channel [hereafter referred to on my blog as the Sarah Palin Newsy Channel], harshly criticizing her for claiming to be an expert on foreign affairs and citing Howard Stern and Joan Rivers as her sources for credibility.

Sure because nothing says educated opinion more than an old-time vaudevillian, over-the-hill, unemployable DJ and a dried up political has-been. [facepalm]

It’s a lovely read though – she’s referred to as a failed Republican VP candidate who’s jumped from the failed death panel charge against Obama to a new charge calling the Hamas a death cult. (Why is this woman so obsessed with death anyway?)

There’s a short clip at the end where we can watch Palin’s version of the Gaza Truth without being subjected to the whole show. But brief or not, her voice is still stunningly Banshee-like and her words beyond venomous.

It occurs to me that Palin’s offensive remarks about President Obama have been so shielded by America’s first amendment that she’s quite possibly experiencing a false sense of security about wielding similar remarks towards groups of people who don’t give a crap about honouring American rights at all.

Hey Sarah – the first amendment only protects you inside the US borders. But the internet is global. Good luck with that.


…only thing – these increased donations aren’t going to SarahPAC – this was in my email box this morning:

Sarah-Impeach Obama

Guess what happened after Sarah Palin called for President Obama’s impeachment…

We’ve had an absolute EXPLOSION of grassroots Democratic donations.

9560 donations have poured in to have the President’s back in just 24 hours. That’s JAW-DROPPING.

Now we’re just $28,890 short of hitting our huge $3 MILLION goal. That’s a massive show of support for President Obama — and super embarrassing for Palin and her ridiculous call for impeachment.

This email is from  the Democratic Headquarters .org website which I receive because I belong to Democrats Abroad.

Good job Sarah and keep up the good work!



Yes, THAT Phil Robertson. the millionaire who shed his suit to pretend to be a survivalist so he could bilk as many rednecks out of their cookie jar money as possible. The phony bible-thumper who preaches to old white men about how they are all entitled to shag underage teenage girls whenever they want and maintains without apology the hate-filled belief that all homosexuals belong in Hell. That Phil Robertson.

Palin introduced him at some Republican cultist get-together, refering to him as the Commander In Duck Chief. Erm the Duck Chief Commander. Umm maybe it was DUCK! CHIEF! THE COMMANDER’S HERE! I forget.

Click on The Daily KoS for all the facts.

Can’t you just imagine Sarah running his campaign?




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