Politico media reporter Dylan Byers explores the supposedly mysterious question of why Fox News executives let their most lucrative on-air personality get away with blatantly misrepresenting his journalistic history.
This week on CounterSpin: The 50th anniversary of the launch of LBJ’s War on Poverty is generating a lot of press coverage of an issue corporate media tend to mostly ignore. But what’s missing from these conservations? We’ll ask author and professor Stephen Pimpare.
Also on CounterSpin today, In the wake of successful marijuana decriminalization efforts in Colorado and Washington state, pundit opponents of pot are forcefully objecting. New York Times columnist David Brooks says he smoked when he was young, and it wasn’t so bad, but let’s continue to criminalize it; and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly says marijuana, texting, and video games are sending our youth down an escapist road to ruin. We’ll be joined by Columbia University neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, for a very different view.
Extra! October 2012 Volume 25, Number 10
Deep Throat Not What He Used to Be The Washington Post’s Dan Balz (8/14/12) somehow convinced a “senior Romney advisor” to reveal a stunning secret that could only be disclosed “on the condition of anonymity”—that Mitt Romney felt good about his vice presidential pick: “He was very confident in himself, in Paul Ryan, in the campaign and in the direction of the campaign he wanted to take.” Believe it or not, the Post’s Felicia Sonmez (8/17/12) topped this scoop by talking to “a senior Republican adviser”—no doubt in a deserted parking garage—who admitted anonymously that Ryan likes Romney too: “He […]
Lies on Letterman about Christmas and Al-Qaeda
Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly and CBS talkshow host David Letterman had a well-publicized showdown on Letterman’s program in January 2006, so it came as no surprise that their next face-to-face on October 27 would be similarly heated. After the interview aired, O’Reilly accused Letterman of dishonesty for saying O’Reilly had lied on his show, and challenged Letterman to produce the evidence. O’Reilly took exception to Letterman’s crack about him (Late Night, 10/26/06): “The last time he was on the show, I caught him lying.” As O’Reilly retorted on his October 30 broadcast: Letterman caught me lying? What lie was […]
What O'Reilly means is anyone's guess
Cable news networks have devoted significant time to the case of Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who disappeared in Aruba. But cable news’ most popular host has urged the media to exercise caution. On June 9, Fox News Channel‘s Bill O’Reilly explained, “As you may know, we do not speculate here on The Factor. We have no idea what happened to Natalee or why she left the bar with some Aruban men. I’ve heard some irresponsible media speculate about that, and it makes me angry.” For those who had followed O’Reilly’s coverage of the case, this must have been puzzling. […]
Bill O'Reilly on sexual harassment
There is a strong movement in America to remove any kind of value-based argument…. Public officials have the right to lie about sex because it is no one’s business what they do in private, even if sexual harassment suits are lodged against them, i.e., President Clinton…. Many Americans simply cannot or will not make judgments about behavior. And this is a tremendous change in our society. The danger here is that the absence of value-based judgments breaks down justice and discipline.” —O’Reilly Factor, 7/16/01 I have to explain to the audience that there is no sex allowed at Fox on […]
In an October 4 interview with CNBC‘s Tim Russert, Fox News star Bill O’Reilly made a puzzling boast about his network’s Iraq coverage. He said, “Well, I think Fox News Channel was lucky because we were less skeptical of the war, and the war went very well. So we won.” O’Reilly treated his network’s lack of skepticism as a point of pride, something to brag about. Is that really what people are looking for in a news source–credulity? If you believe that a journalistic enterprise “wins” not by cheerleading for the more powerful side, but instead by informing its audience, […]