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.