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11 April 2008

New England Liberals Push For O'Reilly Emmy Withdrawal


Media Activist Wants O'Reilly Award Yanked

Nothing makes a
lefty's blood boil more than learning that a conservative media personality is up for an award, especially one non-liberals rarely win.

That's exactly what's going on in New England today, where the regional Emmys are set to honor cable talker Bill O'Reilly. The reason: a good chunk of his early television career was spent at an area station and the presenters would like to recognize his subsequent national achievements.

But according to the Boston Herald's Track Gals, partisan politics could derail that effort:

CN8’s Barry Nolan says Fox News bigfoot Bill O’Reilly is “a mental case,” and Nolan’s crazy mad that the local Emmy Awards will honor Mr. No Spin Zone at their 31st annual back-slapfest next month.

“I am appalled, just appalled,” Nolan told the Track. “He inflates and constantly mangles the truth . . . and his frequent target is the ‘left-leaning’ media - the ones who do report the news fairly. And those are the same people who will be sitting in the room honoring him.”

Nolan, citing an Indiana University study that claims O’Reilly - a former Channel 7 anchor - calls a person or group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds on average, has been busy ringing up local TV types to get their support for his “Rescind O’Reilly” effort. He claims former WBZ anchor Liz Walker is on board.

“I hope people will express their displeasure to the board of governors and they’ll rescind their decision,” he said. “It’s morally unacceptable.”

That’s not happening, said Boston/New England Emmy Awards cheese Tim Egan.

The local awards gurus think O’Reilly’s career is something to be celebrated since he came from the Boston market then made a name for himself nationally with “Inside Edition” and the FOX News Channel.

“You may not agree with him, but you can’t say he hasn’t increased the political conversation in this country with his style of broadcasting,” Egan said.

But Nolan insists that O’Reilly is “a mental case” who shouldn’t be held up as an example of journalistic integrity to budding TV journos from Boston University and Emerson College.

“This is who you should aspire to be like? Is this what we’re telling them?” he fumed.

Despite his reservations about his fellow Boston TV veteran, Nolan claims he will go to the May 10 shindig at the Marriott Copley Place to support his CN8 comrades. But since his wife will be out of town, Barry has invited O’Reilly’s nemesis, MSNBC yakker Keith Olbermann, as his date.

Notice how the only reasons given for denying O'Reilly the award are partisan in nature? The left continues to believe that only their own are worthy of these honors. That kind of mentality has ruined many formerly prestigious awards, from the Grammys to the Pulitzers.

Let's hope New England's Emmy judges will stick to their guns under fire.

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  • Nolan, citing an Indiana University study that claims O’Reilly - a former Channel 7 anchor - calls a person or group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds on average,

    That's not only impossible,it's a moronic statement.Is that a clown college or something?

    By Anonymous stonecutter, at 11 April, 2008 12:23  

  • Nolan, citing an Indiana University study that claims O’Reilly - a former Channel 7 anchor - calls a person or group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds on average,

    That Indiana University study included such things as "buried headline", "conservative", and "progressive" as examples of O'Reilly calling people and groups derogatory names--not terms normally associated with name-calling. Of current broadcasters, only O'Reilly was critiqued, so there are no head to head comparisons to see how others would have fared.

    The O'Reilly foes should try to come up with better ammunition than this "study".

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 11 April, 2008 13:46  

  • And just what does Barry Nolan have as his credits?

    Hard Copy--that sleazy tabloid TV magazine of the 1990's which basically lent its flash/slash/trasdh format to WHDH-TV in Boston and WSVN in Miami, both owned by Sunbeam.

    Evening Magazine/PM Magazine--hardly a hard news show.

    And now he works at Comcast another loser. If ever I move to Boston, it's DirecTV for me.

    And to Nolan, SHUT UP HAMMERHEAD or maybe perhaps you could do the candlepin bowling show on Comcast's CN8 channel!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 11 April, 2008 18:23  

  • Yea I say give it to him sure , you know where the sun don't shine

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 April, 2008 05:27  

  • The article doesn't say what award O'Reilly is receiving but if it's a lifetime achievement award, I would say O'Reilly has certainly achieved alot. The regional Emmys give awards in many different categories not all related to news. As far as I know there is no Emmy for 'Most Unbiased Reporting' so I'm not sure what Nolan is complaining about. Besides, didn't Nolan anchor Hard Copy for several years? That show wasn't exactly a paragon of journalistic integrity.

    Barry Nolan hosted the Emmys last year with his partner from CN8, whose name escapes me, and he was terribly unfunny. We were cheated out of Tom Bergeron because the ceremony conflicted with Dancing with the Stars.

    By Anonymous Flexo, at 12 April, 2008 07:02  

  • I don't watch the Nolan show but I have watched the O'Reilly show and have never seen it as an example of journalistic integrity.

    It's about politics, control and bullying/dissing those guests that don't agree politically. There are things that I agree with O'Reilly (like illegal immigration), but I rarely agree with his tactics. By giving him this award it gives him credibility that he doesn't begin to deserve.

    It would have been more appropriate to give him the "Golden Loofah" award.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04 June, 2008 11:14  

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