The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 September 2007

Bill O'Reilly Racial Controversy, CBS, ABC


O'Reilly Foes Determined To Keep Story Alive

Are you surprised to see the controversy over Bill O'Reilly's best- known restaurant review still generating headlines?

Days after the O'Reilly Factor host's words were taken out of context to make him sound like a bigot, there's no sign of this manufactured story going away in the near future.

If that seems like a long shelf life, consider this: a full five years later, Rush Limbaugh is still taking heat over his comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. In fact, from the Onion, here's a fresh example.

Moreover, O'Reilly's enemies have already succeeded in bringing down Don Imus. They have the benefit of an established playbook and are following it step- by- step. With so much coverage favorable to their cause, why should the Media Matters gang give up now? There's still a chance he could be destroyed.

In fact, networks have been all- too- pleased to do the Soros- funded group's bidding, repeating its distortions as though they were factual. As a result, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has called on two of them to apologize to O'Reilly:

"Bill O'Reilly's accusers -- the dishonest leftists at Media Matters, CBS and CNN -- have gone beyond the pale. There was absolutely nothing that Bill O'Reilly said that was in any way offensive," stated L. Brent Bozell III, President of the Media Research Center. "People are sick and tired of these far-left character assass- ination campaigns, whether they come from Media Matters or

"CBS and CNN must distance themselves from dishonest, far-left, hatemongering organizations such as Media Matters," Bozell continued. "Media Matters and have two things in common. Both are funded by ultra-leftist billionaire George Soros and both have rich histories of sleazy character assassination campaigns. Those who continue to associate with disreputable organizations such as these are only embarrassing themselves.

"Mr. O'Reilly's words were taken out of context -- deliberately. Yet, neither CBS nor CNN checked the facts before giving credibility to the smear against him. Failing to apologize now makes them willing participants in this smear."

Meanwhile, Media Matters hasn't stopped cranking out blog entries designed to keep their manufactured flap front and center:

On the September 25 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly told National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams: "I've been attacked 109 times in one year by Media Matters."

On the September 26 edition of The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly repeated the charge, twice claiming that "Media Matters has personally attacked me 109 times" and later adding that Media Matters for America "slimed me 109 times in a year." On-screen text indicated that the 109 "attack[s]" were during the period "Sept 2006-2007."

But O'Reilly did not offer a single example of Media Matters' alleged personal attacks. In fact, Media Matters has posted more than 125 items documenting statements by O'Reilly during the period in question, including full transcripts of his comments with corresponding audio or video.

Does he need to? A quick trip to the website on any given day brings a number of examples of exactly what O'Reilly has alleged.

While some might wonder why O'Reilly chooses to engage his enemies rather than ignoring the flap, the truth is that his name is topping the left's hit list, along with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and others.

At the moment, they are so close to taking down a key target, they can taste it. That's why this isn't going away anytime soon.

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  • The difference between the Fox News Network and MSNBC and CBS Radio is; they back their people up. MSNBC and CBS did not back "IMUS" up even after he made a sincere apology.

    And you know Bill O'Reilly will not apologize unless he has misquoted something.

    MediaMatters may smell blood, but it could be their own. They think that their rinky dink outfit is going to take down Billy O. HA!

    They are the slime of the earth and should be put in a hole in the ground. After Hillary loses the election they will go back in hiding so don't worry.

    By Blogger Bruce, at 28 September, 2007 00:58  

  • Why in the world do you think O'Reilly is close to being 'gotten' by Media Mutters? Unlike Imus, O'Reilly didn't actually say anything offensive, and O'Reilly gets top-shelf ratings for Fox. Fox and Westwood One will back him up. Media Mutters can whine all it wants, while O'Reilly rides this one to the bank. Imus went crawling to Al Sharpton thanks to the spineless twits at CBS. O'Reilly brings Jesse Jackson on The Factor. The audience eats it up.

    With CNN not even in the running right now at 8PM ET (and, really, how well will Campbell Brown do against O'Reilly?), and MSNBC concentrating on the contrarian nutroots with Olbermann, O'Reilly has nothing to lose and everything to gain by milking the idiocy of the situation.
    Imus was the aberration, not the trend, and you can thank the losers at CBS for that. This isn't Canada, yet.

    By Blogger Sign Of The Times, at 28 September, 2007 09:16  

  • KEEP crying about media matters, you sick freaks. If you did not lie, distort and spout hate, medias matters would not exist.

    I love watching the fall of the counterfit conservative movement. The Maloney/Limbaugh Repukes have destroyed thie party. It is not an out of place to predict, a possible destruction of the GOP, like the Federalsits. Their defeats are going to get worse and worse, the balance will eventually switch so badly in the , senate OVER THE NEXT 12 YEARS, you can see the end of the Republican party, thanks to the counterfit conservatives on the AM radio, you destroyed the Republican party.

    Listening to right wing radio, turned me into a liberal a long time ago. This is happening every time Limbaugh and Oriley opens their mouths. Limbaugh's "phony troops" line turned off another 10,000 Americans, instantly. More AMERICANS want out of Iraq more than ever. Calling all troops who speak out "phony troops" (and he was not refering just to Mcbeth WE CAN READ MALONEY) furthur hurt your counterfit cause.

    your not Republicans any longer, your cultists, and you are half of the party!!
    Do you understand how far far right and out of the mainstream you and Limbaugh are at this point Maloney? You laughede at me in 2006, when I posted the same points. Keep laughing, 2008 is going to hurt DITTO-HEADS, and I don't even support Hillary Clinton.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 29 September, 2007 13:10  

  • "lie, distort and spout hate"

    MOP you described your self to the “T”

    By Blogger pf1, at 30 September, 2007 07:21  

  • Unreal, anyone who would attempt to defend a neo con like Adolph O " reilly, must agree with his radical views anyhow, your in his ONE percent, and quite frankly the american people are tired of it, and this will all be shown in 2008 elections.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 04 October, 2007 08:43  

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