July 12, 2005

florida blues

Thanks to reader Sheryl, a piece from News Hounds, which "watches FOX so you don't have to." They report that on the Factor the other night, Bill O'Reilly used his Talking Points Memo to outline the FOX News-GOP spin of the day: "Liberals, wimpy European governments and a hostile media caused the London attacks; Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia had better watch out; and the rest of the world needs to dance to our tune, because we're the good guys and we say so." O'Reilly's closer:

The anti-American press both here and in Europe is actually helping the terrorists by diminishing their threat. Talking Points urges you to begin holding people accountable for their position on the terror war. Walk away from media that excuses or sanitizes these brutal acts. U. S. A. is not the problem in this world. The terrorists are. And if you don't agree with that, you are helping killers like al-Zarqawi. Enough's enough. London should be the last straw. And that's the Memo.

Normally I dismiss Loofah Bill's bluster, which is always uttered in the same way a bully-who-is-really-a-coward throws an insult over his shoulder as he runs out the door. But I think comments like this are damned dangerous on so many levels, not the least of which is the thought of O'Reilly defining who a traitor is in this country. In light of this and the other hideous comments made by Brit Hume and some of the other "FoxHoles" after the London attacks, I think it's time some powerful groups got together and started pushing Murdoch around.

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