Voodoo's Looking Out for You!  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
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1/5/2006 5:21 am

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Voodoo's Looking Out for You!

I watch The O'Reilly Factor a couple times a week, it's all about knowing your enemy. Knowing what world view the ideologues of the right are convincing Middle America of.

I don't watch him with the prejudice that everything he says is wrong, as opposed to the vast majority of his viewers who watch with the prejudice that everything he says is right. Sometimes I agree with him. Like on border security.

O'Reilly has been making a big deal over his Tuesday appearance on Letterman, an appearance that, to Dave's credit, was pretty confrontational. O'Reilly declared that people in the entertainment industry such as Letterman - and Jon Stewart - should stay out of the political arena because it confuses people, especially young people who don't read, and forces upon them an opinion based on lies.

Now this is an area that O'Reilly knows about - entertainment - because he's nothing more than a tabloid journalist... literally. Anyone remember what he did before joining Fox?

If he would have stopped short of criticizing Jon Stewart and suggesting The Daily Showdidn't have a right to produce political satire in the manner it chooses, this post would not have been written. (Imagine... a Fox "journalist" calling for restrictions on speech!)

O'Reilly brought up that often quoted stat that "young people" get most of their news from The Daily because they're stupid and don't read. All of this may be true, but I say "Good!"

At least they're getting some news, albeit through Jon Stewart's kaleidoscope of imperial new clothes. The Daily's basic formula for the first third of the program is to show video clips of news makers saying absurd things, and then commenting on them in a humorous light, highlighting the absurdity.

The O'Reilly Factor's basic formula is to show video clips of news makers saying absurd things, and then having a highly qualified pundit from the right along with a poorly qualified pundit from the left debate the issue while O'Reilly keeps the debate framed in a way that favors the right.

[Does anyone know for certain if "right" and "left" should be capitalized in the previous usage?]

Jon Stewart frequently tells his audience that what he does is fake news... it really isn't, it's political satire, which is never patently false.

Yet, Mr. O'Reilly calls himself a "serious journalist."

Last night, Jon Stewart, clearly disgusted and angry with the way the media was handling the mining tragedy, sincerely told the media to leave those people alone.

Last night, Bill O'Reilly had Geraldo (another tabloid journalist) on his show and exploited those poor people some more.

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
1/5/2006 6:32 am

LOL! I have no idea what either show is about ...

but, seriously, saying young people don't read is so fucking stupid -- about the same percentage of young people read as always did I am sure, and I'm also sure it is about the same percentage reading different types and quality of reading material -- ALL my friends who have kids have kids who read and South Africa is NOT a literate society! This ploy of denigrating young people is really abhorrent to me, as if I had to say who my mentor is, I would always pick a person younger than me (often my sister) since they are less likely to approach something in a tried and trusted way and more likely to throw up original thoughts. hey, sorry about the blah blah blah -- yeah, i'm ranting!

[blog freelove999]

hourglasses 47F

1/5/2006 7:18 am

I still remember Bill O'Reilly from "A Current Affair" ...

Yeah I love the Fox news 'experts' from the left. Mostly I've watched Hannity and Combs. My favorite was when they had on people to talk about the protests at George Bush's innauguration. They had on this 20 yr old white guy with dredlocks who I'm sure they picked based on appearance. He wiped the floor with the right wing guy. But in general, they find some moron who will say things like "Bush is Hitler" and make it look like we all think that way. Ok, so maybe I do, but I'm usually smart enough not to say it.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
1/5/2006 12:31 pm

If young people don't read, how come Jon Stewart's book, "America" sold so well?

O'Reilly is far from a serious journalist. Am I the only one who remembers the woman who had to be paid off, to not tell all about what a fucking pervert he is? Like it isn't evident everytime he has that cuntscab Ann Coulter on. He turns into a babbling, drooling idiot.

I can't watch the man more than once every few months. Just looking at him makes me feel queasy. So you're a better man than I, Voodoo.

I'm curious... He just picked on Letterman and Jon Stewart? Not Al Franken and his cohorts at Air America? He didn't pick on anyone at CNN or on network news? According to the loonies at Free Republic, only Fox tells the truth, the networks and CNN are full of left wingers with their own personal agendas.

And speaking of CNN, stay tuned. Andrea Mitchell has been hinting around that she has some evidence that the NSA was spying on CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

frogger1995 39F

1/5/2006 4:23 pm

Geraldo exploiting people going through a traumatic experience...NO!

I admit to being very biased when I have the stomach to watch his show (though in the same know-thine-enemy vein).

Oh and only Left should be capitalized

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
1/9/2006 3:00 am

[blog FreeLove999] - watch the Academy Awards this year, Jon Stewart is hosting. I'm very surprised the Acedemy picked him. You'll like him... for an American.

hourglasses - I can always count on you to weigh in on Fox News. Yeah, I so wish they would get rid of Alan Combs... here you got jocky, good-looking, Hitler Youth Sean Hannity vs. The Crypt Keeper without the attitude. But they won't, because they like it that way.

MissAnnThrope - I've never seen Coulter on O'Reilly, but it seems like she's on Hannity everytime I watch it.

Yeah, I love it when Fox calls CNN lefties; CNN isn't far right, but they ARE right of center.

Is this true about Amanpour? It won't surprise me, I saw The Control Room. But if it's true, is it because they genuinely thought she was a threat to America?

frogger1995 - to properly critique something like O'Reilly, you need someone like me - to evaluate the arguments themselves, and someone like you - to watch for rhetorical sleight of hand and lies.

If you and I were both undergrads, we could do a political 'zine.

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