The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur had a field day with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who recently complained that too many people were getting their news from Facebook, and trashed online news sources' ability to educate young voters.
Apparently O'Reilly is completely unaware that Facebook users can share articles from his network, and that they can read newspapers on their computers instead of having to have a hard copy of the publication in front of them.
After showing a good portion of O'Reilly and his guest Bernie Goldberg trying to explain how the Internet works to Bill-O, and this exchange between the two:
GOLDBERG: Look, young people aren’t going to be sitting around the kitchen table with a hard copy of the “New York Times.”
O’REILLY: Why not? Why not? Why not, Bernie? Why can’t they read a newspaper?
GOLDBERG: Well, they can.
O’REILLY: Yes, why wouldn’t they?
GOLDBERG: There is no law against it. Because that train has left the station.
O’REILLY: Why did the train leave? Why can’t the train come back? I don’t understand why a younger person because when I was 18 I was reading the newspaper.
GOLDBERG: There was no internet. There was no internet. It’s a different delivery system. (Adding later): The train that has left the station. It is not coming back.
Uygur let O'Reilly have it.
UYGUR: I do believe that when O'Reilly says he doesn't know what friends are, that I take him at his word on. Of course my favorite part is when two older Americans are looking confounded, although Bernie did a pretty decent job of trying to explain it to O'Reilly and the audience, and O'Reilly yells at him. "Why does the train leave?!"
Well, sad day for you Bill O'Reilly. The train has definitely left the station and it took all the millennials with it. Enjoy your 72 year old audience. The media goes in. The media goes out.
One of these days we're going to get this nasty piece of work off the air, but sadly I don't count on that happening any time soon. In the mean time we can at least take some solace in the fact that his audience is older than dirt and may not be around much longer.