Thursday, October 28, 2004

O’Really O’Reilly

“I should have been more alert, of course, but I never could mix vigilance and sex.”
William S. Burroughs (1914 - 1997), U.S. writer.

The eponymous right-wing republican (who says he is not voting for George Bush) host of the O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News channel, settled his extortion lawsuit against his female producer, who asked for $60 million in her sexual harassment suit against Bill O’Reilly.

In language that Karl Rove of the Bush White House could have written, O’Reilly told viewers that there was, “no wrongdoing in the case whatsoever by anyone" -- and went on to violate the agreement to keep the details confidential -- by disputing some of the details of what Andrea Mackris alleged were phone-sex conversations between them. “Please do not believe everything you hear and read," he said on "The O'Reilly Factor." The Misanthrope would go slightly further and ask viewers to remember that as it relates specifically to O’Reilly’s show and Fox News as well.

Since when does someone give another person a pile of money, estimates range from $2 million to $10, when there was no wrongdoing? The Misanthrope would like to be the next in line to collect some “no wrongdoing dough.”

This is just another example in a long line of pious republicans and evangelists caught being hypocrites about the morals of society, only to get caught themselves doing exactly what they revel in others getting lambasted for. Right off the top, The Misanthrope recalls two separate examples, a drug addicted Rush Limbaugh and Trinity Broadcasting televangelist Paul Crouch, who paid $450,000 to keep a homosexual tryst quiet.

Maybe republicans and the pious will eventually stop trying to dictate virtues and focus listeners and viewers on issues that matter, war, budgets, medicine and health care.

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men—the other 999 follow women.”
Attributed to Groucho Marx (1895 - 1977)

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