It seems like everybody at Fox is whining that liberals are just saying No Thanks to their entreaties. Hey, why don't these folks want to subject themselves to routine humiliation at the hands of Fox anchors and producers just so they can be on Teevee? Jeeesh.
Bill O'Reilly -- who likes at other times to dish out lectures on name-calling and civility in our discourse -- named Howard Dean his nightly "Pinhead" on Friday because Dean said this:
Dean: One of the reasons I don't go on Bill O'Reilly's show -- the only reason I don't go on Bill O'Reilly's show -- is because I saw him take apart a 23-year-old who had lost his father in the World Trade Center and tell him he was unpatriotic because he didn't support the war. Those kinds of people I don't hang around. Because they're not good for the country, and they're not good for -- they're not good human beings.
The Loofah Master was outraged at this, of course:
O'Reilly: Well, it's a complete lie. A gross distortion. The guy Dean is referring to blamed the United States for 9/11. It had nothing to do with any war. OK? He blamed the USA for the 9/11 attack, and I did take him apart.
Just for kicks, O'Reilly gets his revenge by sending out Attack Poodle Griff Jenkins to gnaw on Dean's ankle about another quote altogether. This schtick is not aging gracefully.
We've added an excerpt from Robert Greenwald's marvelous documentary, Outfoxed, which features an examination of the Jeremy Glick case.
As you can see, a war was involved: O'Reilly attacked Glick in part for questioning the invasion of Afghanistan.
And Glick didn't "blame the USA for 9/11" -- he signed an ad that accused the United States of committing acts of terrorism itself.
As usual, O'Reilly finds it easier to just lie. Especially because it always makes him look better. And as you can see, he has a long history of doing just that with the Jeremy Glick matter anyway.