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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The August Ego Of O'Reilly

With each passing day, we begin to understand that Fox"News" is slowly beginning to marginalize Bill O'Reilly. It's a slowly evolving process, but the effects are beginning to take their toll. As Glenn Beck and Hannity duel for "craziest-wingnut-on-television", Greta still stalking Palin, the "straight-news" programs echoing more opinion than fact, Bill O'Reilly has to feel like the girl at the dance without a partner.

So what does a man do when in that position? Why just make something up to make yourself feel better.

For those that don't know, there's been a longstanding fued between Moyers - one of the last great journalists in this country - and the burgeoning ego that is Bill O'Reilly. And, as if on cue, the drooling pavlovian response of O'Reilly kicked in as he took credit for Moyers' leaving PBS, when in reality the 75 year old was simply retiring.

Ever eager to justify his fear of actually confronting someone outside the confines of his studio and the editing suite, O'Reilly is infamous for sending his lapdogs to do his bidding.

As Think Progress points out, O'Reilly is obviously taking credit where none is due

In 2007, Watters ambushed Moyers on the street outside his home. O’Reilly had Watters harass Moyers after the PBS journalist ran a program about impeaching President Bush. O’Reilly claimed that Moyers symbolized “Americans who want their country to lose in Iraq, based upon hatred of all things Bush,” which he determined was a good reason to send his henchman to Moyers’ house. According to O’Reilly, this one interview was what drove Moyers out of his job two years later.

While fellow Fox"News" employee Beck continues to claim that it was he alone caused Van Jones and Anita Dunn, one gets the sense that O'Reilly feels a little left out. After all, he has a regular segment on his program where he can chit-chat with Beck. After a few episodes, the basic premise seemed to turn on it's head. Rather than Beck basking the the glow of O'Reilly, which was likely what Bill intended for this to be, it has become O'Reilly riding the wave of Beck's "success" on Fox"News" in order to bolster his ratings.

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