O’Reilly Joins Beck in Fantasizing About Assaulting Michael Moore

Michael Moore says he won’t appear on Glenn Beck’s or Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show to promote his new film Capitalism: A Love Story because there’s too much hate speech on those shows. Last night, O’Reilly strengthened Moore’s argument in a segment in which he discussed Michael Moore’s body language with regular guest Tonya Reimer:

O’REILLY: Right. Would it be wrong if I slapped him?

REIMAN: We’ll have to let him judge that.

O’REILLY: You just want….

REIMAN: Not a big fan, are we?

O’REILLY: You know, it’s an interesting question. I admire his entrepreneurship. I admire his creativity. But there’s just something about him, you know.

Add to this that Glenn Beck once fantasized about killing Moore with his bare hands (not to mention seeing Dennis Kucinich burned alive), and you have a network whose two leading hosts have expressed a desire to physically attack Moore for expressing beliefs with which they disapprove.

Naturally, O’Reilly whined during the same segment that Moore refused to appear on his show: “I might remind everybody Michael Moore would not come on the program. Even though he’s got a dopey belief to publicize, he’s too afraid.” Maybe with good reason.

About Steve Rendall

Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. He is co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (The New Press, 1995, New York City). Rendall has appeared on dozens of national television and radio shows, including appearances on CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, MTV and Fox Morning News. He was the subject of a profile in the New York Times (5/19/96), and has been quoted on issues of media and politics in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and New York Times. Rendall contributed stories to the International Herald Tribune from France, Spain and North Africa; worked as a freelance writer in San Francisco; and worked as an archivist collecting historical material on the Spanish Civil War and the volunteers who fought in it. Rendall studied philosophy and chemistry at San Francisco State University, the College of Notre Dame and UC Berkeley.