Apr
01
2003

SoundBites

Extra! Update April 2003

The Disarmament Nightmare Subheads over a March 4 New York Times article: "More Missiles Destroyed; Washington Is Concerned Over Possible Complications for Effort to Disarm Iraq." Nothing like disarming to complicate disarmament. NBC Nightly News (2/27/03) was even more alarmed about the missile destruction, with Andrea Mitchell reporting: "For the U.S., it's a nightmare scenario. If Iraq destroys the missiles, it will be much harder to get support for military action." Spinning Jesus "Both sides of the debate are saying God is on their side. Those who favor peace point to the Pope calling the war immoral, and those who […]

May
01
2002

The 'Oh Really?' Factor

Bill O'Reilly spins facts and statistics

If it's "spin" to back up your arguments with bogus facts and statistics, and to dismiss numbers that don't fit in with your preconceptions, then Bill O'Reilly's Fox News Channel show isn't, as he repeatedly claims, a "no-spin zone"-- it's Spin City. During an interview with National Organization for Women president Kim Gandy (O'Reilly Factor, 2/5/02), O'Reilly claimed that "58 percent of single-mom homes are on welfare." When Gandy questioned that figure, O'Reilly held firm: "You can't say no, Miss Gandy. That's the stat. You can't just dismiss it. . . . It’s 58 percent. That's what it is from […]

Jul
01
2001

Bill O'Reilly's Sheer O'Reillyness

Don't call him conservative-- but he is

Fox News Channel's star performer is undoubtedly Bill O'Reilly. Host of the nightly talk-show The O'Reilly Factor and author of the best-selling book of the same name, O'Reilly epitomizes Fox's in-your-face style. A former anchor for the tabloid Inside Edition whose upcoming contract is reportedly worth $20 million (Boston Globe, 3/14/01), O'Reilly poses nightly as an outraged common man speaking out against the corruption of the liberal elites who run the country from Hollywood and Washington. "We're the only show from a working-class point of view," he once told the Washington Post (12/13/00). "I understand working-class Americans. I'm as lower-middle-class […]