July 23, 2010

Rachel got treated to a Keith Olbermann style attack by Bill-O where he went after her for this segment that she ran on Fox and their hackery after the Shirley Sherrod debacle that their network was more than happy to promote with their usual race baiting and with happily promoting Breitbart's crap whether it be ACORN or Van Jones. As she called them out for they had the gall to flip-flop on a day later on the Sherrod attacks and start attacking the White House for reacting to their fear mongering instead. Here’s how Bill O’Reilly responded.

Maddow: It's not new. It's not even actually interesting about this scandal. Fox does what Fox does...

O’Reilly: Which is kick your network’s butt every single night madam. And you have to be kidding with this fake ACORN scandal stuff. Unbelievable... do you live in this country?

Rachel responded about as politely as you would expect from her and pointed out to Mr. My-Ratings-Are-Bigger-Than-Yours-Are O’Reilly that even if her mother, her girlfriend and anyone who forgot to change the channel are the only ones out there watching her, that doesn’t mean that he’s right. She also pointed out that our entertainment media has a whole lot more viewers than any of the shows that call themselves "news".

As Rachel noted though, that's not what really matters about what O'Reilly said.

Maddow: Because when you got all "I'll kick your network's butt" and madam on me, you weren't really trying to tout your network's ratings. You were trying to take the attention off me saying that your network continually crusades on flagrantly bogus stories designed to make white Americans fear black Americans, which Fox News most certainly does for a political purpose, even if it upends the lives of individuals like Shirley Sherrod, even if if frays the fabric of a nation and even if it makes the American dream more of a dream and less of a promise.

You can insult us all you want about television ratings Mr. O'Reilly and you'll be right that yours are bigger for now and maybe forever. You are the undisputed champion.

But even if no one watches us all except for my mom and my girlfriend and the people who forgot to turn off the T.V. after Keith, you are still wrong on what really matters and that would be the facts, your highness.

Somehow I doubt that O'Reilly and his enormous ego will be responding to this segment from Rachel but you never know. If he does I'm sure he'll take as much of it out of context as possible.

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