On Bill O’Reilly’s (Latest) Ignorant Gloating

Taking note of Bill O’Reilly’s “cheerleading the downfall” of newspapers–“he reacted with glee when the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was forced to go Web-only. More recently in his column, O’Reilly similarly wisecracked about the New York Times‘ financial woes”–MediaWeek editor Mike Shields (Editor & Publisher, 5/18/09) challenges “O’Reilly’s theory for why these publications are in such deep trouble”: Because they have suddenly shifted radically left in their coverage, and readers are rejecting it. That’s why he’s happy. That theory doesn’t sync with the thinking of most sensible people in the media who understand the industry is going through massive macro changes, and […]