- Politics of Bill O'Reilly
American commentator Bill O'Reilly regularly expresses his point of view on a wide variety of political, social, and moral issues. He has personally labeled his
political philosophy"traditionalism". [ [http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=2465303&page=1 " Bill O'Reilly Calls Himself T-Warrior] ] " The O'Reilly Factor," since its inception on the Fox News Channelin 1996, has been the primary outlet of his opinions. He would start his own radio program, " The Radio Factor", a few years later. O'Reilly has also written several non-fiction books detailing some of his beliefs.
In his books and on his radio and TV shows, O'Reilly claimed to be an Independent. In his book "The O'Reilly Factor", he wrote, "You might be wondering if whether I'm
conservative, liberal, libertarian, or exactly what... See, I don't want to fit any of those labels, because I believe that the truth doesn't have labels. When I see corruption, I try to expose it. When I see exploitation, I try to fight it. That's my political position." [cite book|last=O'Reilly|first=Bill|title=The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life|origdate= 2000-09-12|url=http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780767905299&view=excerpt|accessdate=2007-03-21|date= 2002-03-12|publisher=Broadway Books|isbn=0767905296] In his book " Culture Warrior", he identifies himself as a "traditionalist" and a populist. He argues that "traditionalists" are in a culture warwith what he has termed "secular-progressives."
In 2000, the "
New York Daily News" reported that despite O'Reilly's assertions that he was a registered independent, he had actually been registered as a Republican in Nassau County, New Yorksince 1994. O'Reilly, who had checked the box marked "Republican" on his voter registration form, stated that there was "no box to fill in" to register as an independent at the time he filled it out. However, in fact, there was a box to register without enrolling in a party. [http://mediamatters.org/items/200510030001 Media Matters - O'Reilly falsely claimed he did not have option to register as an independent ] ] He then changed his registration to become unaffiliated with a party. [cite news
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O'Reilly has opined on many domestic issues. O'Reilly said of the
Bill Clintonimpeachment that it "was not about sex. This is about honesty and cruelty. For Mr. Clinton, it was about undermining the justice system." In the same article he writes that Gary Condit, a Democratic congressman who had an affair with Chandra Levyprior to her disappearance and death, should be held to the same standard. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,29294,00.html | title=talking Points: Condit Should Resign]
According to the
Newsmaxpublication, O'Reilly has repeatedly claimed that Clinton had the Internal Revenue Serviceaudit him. [ [http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/4/22/200136.shtml "IRS Official to Judicial Watch: Clinton Enemies Were Audited"] , Carl Limbacher, "NewsMax.com", April 23, 2002] O'Reilly says that he was audited three times since his program debuted in 1996.
O'Reilly has been critical of former Attorney General
Janet Reno, calling her "perhaps the worst attorney general in history", and that the Federal Bureau of Investigationbecame a "disorganized mess" during her tenure. He later praised former Attorney General John Ashcroftfor going after the Arthur Andersenaccounting firm, as well as Enron, WorldCom, Sam Waksalof Imcloneand Martha Stewart.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,113782,00.html|publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill|title=Right Man for the Job?]
In 2002, O'Reilly had criticized Democratic Senator
Hillary Clinton, stating that she would run for president in 2008. In an interview with Jay Leno, he said, "I just feel that Hillary is a socialist, and I'm paying enough tax. Hillary wants to take my money [and] your money... and give it to strangers. There's something about that that offends me." He said that she had voted for every single spending bill that year. In the same interview, he accused her of running as a political carpetbagger, and said that she intends to abolish the Electoral Collegein favor of the popular vote, claiming that it would be done only to give her an advantage in the presidential race. [cite web | url=http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=27695|title=O'Reilly scorches Hillary on 'Tonight Show'|publisher=World Net Daily| author=Kovacs, Joe]
2004 Presidential Election
October 2004interview on " The Daily Show", O'Reilly told host Jon Stewartthat he had yet to make up his mind on who he was going to vote for in the presidential election. He called the Swift Vets and POWs for Truthcampaign "terrible" for criticizing Democratic nominee John Kerry's military record.Fact|date=July 2008 He has also said that people who voted for Kerry did so as a vote "against" Bush. He said that the Democratic Party has been taken over by the "far-left" in a conversation with former Democratic Congressman Brad Carson. [cite web|url=http://www.billoreilly.com/show?JSESSIONID=B48mn9DkkwFSIq1rZ0SEaXZ0Fso2ue02JonZthH0qEyGFzb14rcu!1153361422&action=viewTVShow&showID=44|title= Redefining the Democratic Party|publisher=billoreilly.com|accessdate=2007-05-24] Immediately following the election, O'Reilly ridiculed Kerry, calling him a "sissy." [cite web
url=http://mediamatters.org/items/200412010004|title=O'Reilly to Kerry: "You're a sissy"|accessdate=2007-03-21|date=
2004-12-01|publisher= Media Matters for America] Kerry himself stated publicly in a 2006 interview that he always felt he'd have a "fair shot" at conveying his views on "The O'Reilly Factor" and regrets not doing an interview prior to the election. [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,201705,00.html FOXNews.com - Exclusive! Sen. John Kerry Enters the 'No Spin Zone' - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor ] ]
Although O'Reilly has never officially endorsed any candidate, he did advise his audience not to support Democratic candidate Tom Daschle in his Senate re-election bid. [cite web| year=2004| publisher=Media Matters| author=G.W.| url=http://mediamatters.org/items/200407230007| title=Self-proclaimed non-partisan Bill O'Reilly urged listeners to vote against Daschle in South Dakota; O'Reilly's Dem Convention preview: Daschle's "no good"; Pelosi's a "nut";
Max Cleland's "strange"]
2008 Presidential Election
In the 2008 Democratic primary, O'Reilly, once again, urged his viewers not to vote for a candidate, this time
John Edwards, and called Edwards a "phony" regarding his public statements on poverty. [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,276378,00.html|publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill|title=John Edwards and Rosie O'Donnell| date= May 30, 2007] O'Reilly has, on many occasions, admitted to "having no respect for him", and called him "arrogant" for keeping his campaign staffer Amanda Marcotteon after making remarks O'Reilly called offensive to Christians. [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,251906,00.html|publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill|title=John Edwards and His Anti-Christian Employees| date= February 14, 2007]
O'Reilly has also, on a few separate occasions, criticized Republicans. When speaking to
Ed Schulzin 2007, O'Reilly said that then-presidential candidate Rudy Giulianihad "terrible character judgement" with Bernard Kerikand felt that "disqualified him from being president." [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,323305,00.html|publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill|title=Ed Schultz on Talk Radio's Handling of Presidential Candidates| date= January 16, 2008]
"Culture War" and Domestic Politics
O'Reilly has taken to using the abbreviation "S-P", for "Secular Progressive", as a shorthand way of referring to a political category of people who want "drastic change" in the country. O'Reilly classifies the group as "far left," and always refers to the group in a negative manner. However, he says that he is not equating the negative qualities he sees in "SPs" with a "liberal" political ideology, saying the SP camp is far more "
libertine" with social values:
"Liberal thought, however, can be a good thing.
Progressiveprograms to help the poor, fight injustice and give working people a fair shake are all positive. But libertine actions damage a just society because actions have consequences. Kids who drink and take drugs are likely to hurt themselves and others. But obviously, the SPs do not make judgments like that." [ cite web| url= http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336334,00.html | title = What Will Happen if Far-Left Secular Progressives Achieve Power in America? | date= March 10, 2008| publisher = Fox News Channel | author = Bill O'Reilly ]
In his book "Culture Warrior" O'Reilly called President
John F. Kennedyand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.examples of liberals who were also traditionalists. Fact|date=May 2008
Immigration and border control
O'Reilly has supported stricter
border controls, including placement of the National Guard troops on the US-Mexican borderand has criticized President George W. Bushfor not allocating enough resources to make border security effective. He also criticized Ronald Reagan's act of amnesty, claiming that it made the illegal immigrationproblem worse. [cite web | url=http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/oreilly052206.asp | title=Guarding the border|author=Bill O'Reilly|publisher="Jewish World Review"|date=2005-06-22|accessdate=2006-10-10] In an interview with former Mexican President Vicente Fox, O'Reilly blamed Mexicofor not providing a good economy for Mexicans to work in and how they would rather stay in Mexico than come to the United States. He also blamed the U.S. government for not enforcing immigration law. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,300817,00.html| title=Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Debates Immigration Issue With Bill |author=Bill O'Reilly|publisher=Fox News|date=2007-10-10|accessdate=2008-01-08] O'Reilly separates the distinction between criminal illegal immigrants and non-criminals by saying that criminal illegal immigrants should be deported immediately. O'Reilly criticizes the lack of cooperation between local sanctuary citiesand the INS. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293375,00.html| title=Geraldo Rivera on Criminal Alien Charged With Murder in Newark |author=Bill O'Reilly|publisher=Fox News|date=2007-08-15|accessdate=2008-01-08]
The Iraq War
O'Reilly initially supported the invasion of Iraq. On
March 18, 2003, O'Reilly appeared on ABC's " Good Morning America" and said, "If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Husseinand it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again." [http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views04/0225-10.htm "Bill O'Reilly's 'Apology': Still Spinning in the 'No Spin Zone'"] by Peter Hart, Common Dreams NewsCenter, February 25, 2004.] [ [http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewPrint&articleId=7251 "Devil in the Details: He Is the Eggman"] by Heidi Pauken, " The American Prospect", March 1, 2004.] [ [http://www.flakmag.com/books/mybad.html "My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them"] by Paul Slansky and Arleen Sorkin, " Flak Magazine".] On February 10, 2004, he appeared once more on "Good Morning America", stating:
"My analysis was wrong and I'm sorry. I was wrong. I'm not pleased about it at all.... What do you want me to do, go over and kiss the camera?... I am much more skeptical of the Bush administration now than I was at that time."
O'Reilly has questioned the
U.S. invasion of Iraqin hindsight, in particular the performance of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. However, he maintains that the United States "did a good thing by trying to liberate a country". Fact|date=June 2007 O'Reilly says the war effort should continue as long as progress is being made. He has also said that some anti-waractivists are actively rooting for the United States to lose:
"General McCaffrey says strong progress is being made. He believes the
Sunnis have turned against Al Qaedaand that the Maliki government is neutralizing the Shi'ia death squads.
Again, I don't know. With all America has sacrificed in Iraq, though, it seems reasonable to let the end game play out. If things are getting better, don't derail the train.
But the anti-war crew is now fully invested in defeat. So the struggle at home is becoming even more vicious. Iraq is a shooting war. America's a political war. Both are driven by hatred. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,272079,00.html|title=The Truth About Iraq|date=2006-05-14|accessdate=2007-06-27|publisher=Fox News Channel] "
O'Reilly has criticized
Iraqi peoplefor not "standing up to the terrorists" and said they are "not willing to fight for their freedom."Fact|date=June 2007 He went on to state that the United States should withdraw to the borders to prevent infiltration of foreign fighters entering from Iranand Syria. He also claims that the violence between the Sunni and Shia sects is not because of the sects themselves, citing the relative cooperation of Sunnis and Shia in Kuwaitand Afghanistanafter the United States invaded those countries in 1991 and 2002, respectively.Fact|date=May 2007
O'Reilly called the Iraqi people a "
prehistoricgroup", citing a poll showing that only two percent of them viewed the U.S. Forces as liberators and 55 percent preferred that they leave. "We cannot intervene in the Muslimworld ever again", he said. "What we can do is bomb the living daylights out of them (...) no more ground troops, no more hearts and minds, ain't going to work." [cite web | url=http://mediamatters.org/items/200406180005|title=O'Reilly: Iraqi people are "primitive", "prehistoric group"|date=2006-06-18|accessdate=2006-10-10|publisher=Media Matters for America]
In an interview with
White House Press Secretary(and former Fox Newscolleague) Tony Snow, O'Reilly said that the United States cannot win given the circumstances of Iraqis not supporting the effort:
You can't win. No one could. No nation could unless the Iraqi people turn on all the terrorists. And they're not. They're not, Tony.O'Reilly went on to say that the country was corrupt and compared the situation to the American support of
South Vietnamduring the Vietnam War:
"It's like South Vietnam. It's the same thing. There were a lot of South Vietnamese helping us. A lot fought and died on our side but there wasn't enough of them to prevent the
communists which were more united. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289245,00.html|title=Iraq's Future|date=2007-07-12|accessdate=2007-07-19|publisher=Fox News Channel]
O'Reilly would go on to praise General
David Petraeusfor reducing American casualties and advancing American objectives with the 2007 troop surge:
"The cost has been great. We all know that. In suffering and cash. And the Iraqi government is still a mess. But General Petraeus, backed by a brave and professional U.S. military, has restored much order, largely defeated the Iraqi Al Qaeda thugs, and at least given the good people of that country a chance to prosper. General David Petraeus is "The Factor" person of the year by a wide margin." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317268,00.html|title='The Factor's' Person of the Year|date=2007-12-18|accessdate=2007-12-24|publisher=Fox News Channel]
O'Reilly has endorsed an aggressive
War on Terrorpolicy. [cite web |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215164,00.html|title=A Deal on Tough Interrogation...|publisher= Fox News Channel|author=Bill O'Reilly|date= September 22, 2006] He supports coercive measures to extract information from detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which he visited on two occasions. He has said that, in comparison to procedures used under the regimes of dictators such as Adolf Hitlerand Pol Pot, the U.S.'s tactics are not tortureand are beneficial even when involving physical techniques,cite web |url=http://www.newshounds.us/2005/06/17/will_wonders_never_cease_nprs_juan_williams_finds_his_voice_argues_with_oreilly.php|title=Will Wonders Never Cease? NPR's Juan Williams Finds His Voice, Argues with O'Reilly|publisher=News Hounds|author=Therese, Marie|date= June 17, 2005] claiming that "Torture is taking my fingers off, disfiguring me, taking my eye out — not keeping me in a cold room and uncomfortable with blaring rock music. [cite web |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,213629,00.html|title=Does The U.S. Support Torturing Terror Suspects?|publisher= Fox News Channel|author=Bill O'Reilly|date= September 13, 2006] " O'Reilly cites water boardingas a successful coercive measure that should not be classified as torture, citing that Abu Zubaydahand Khaled Sheikh Mohammedhave both given up valuable information after being subjected to the technique:
"In my opinion, it is immoral to allow terrorists to kill people when you can stop them. If you capture someone who knows the inner workings of a terror outfit, you make life very uncomfortable for that person within boundaries set by Congress.
But let's stop the nonsense here. America's not a bad country because it waterboarded Zubaydah. The Bush administration has done its job. We haven't been attacked since
The liberal press, politicians, the
ACLUcan't stop any wrongdoing. They're all lost in a fog of misguided indignation, crazy with hatred for Bush, but we the people must take a stand here. This isn't a game. This is life and death. And if you don't believe it, I know scores of people right here in New York City that will tell you about their dead loved ones.
Waterboarding should be a last resort, but it must be an option. [cite web |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,316544,00.html|title=Would You Waterboard Someone to Save American Lives?|publisher=
Fox News Channel|author=Bill O'Reilly|date= December 12, 2007]
He has been critical of politicians such as Democratic Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosiand private citizens such as financier George Sorosfor wanting to try terror suspects in civilian courts. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,216557,00.html|title=The Terror War Meets the Culture War|date=2006-09-29|accessdate=2007-06-27]
O'Reilly has supported the Bush administration's
wiretappingof foreign calls in and out of the United States. However, he has criticized the Bush administration for not going to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act(FISA) courts to get warrants for the wiretapping and has said he would not support tapping calls made by domestic parties. Fact|date=May 2007
O'Reilly has said that both political parties in the United States are "playing games" with regards to the war on terrorism:
"...both the right and the left are playing games to some extent. Certainly, Al Qaeda remains dangerous, but the only way to hit them is to invade
Pakistan. Do the Democrats want to do that?
On the other hand, it would be a tragedy if after all the blood and treasure Americans have sacrificed, Al Qaeda has not been badly damaged.
America should be united in fighting these savages, but we're not. Ideology has poisoned a reasoned, disciplined approach to defeating the
jihadists. America's great strength, diversity of thought, can also be a weakness. And Al Qaeda knows it.
The old saying goes, "United we stand, divided we fall." Well, we're divided." [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289746,00.html|title=Al Qaeda and the 2008 Presidential Race|date=2007-07-18|accessdate=2007-08-08]
O'Reilly has accused billionaire
George Sorosof trying to influence the 2008 election by donating to causes and organizations that O'Reilly calls the "radical left", such as moveon.org, which regularly criticizes politicians. O'Reilly said of Soros "If Mike Myers didn't invent Dr. Evil, some would give Soros that moniker." [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,270631,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Far Left Influence: 'Hurricane Soros' Is Getting Stronger"|date= May 8 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-06-27] O'Reilly also accused Media Matters for Americaof receiving funds from Soros; although Media Matters has denied having any funding directly or indirectly from Soros, [ [http://mediamatters.org/items/200704240003 Media Matters - O'Reilly purported to chart an intricate web leading to "vile propaganda outfit" Media Matters ] ] he and the group's founder, David Brock, have raised money together to fund political advertisements challenging John McCainin the 2008 election for what politico.comcalled "attack ads". [ cite web
url = http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0408/9514.html
title = David Brock, Dems plan $40M hit on McCain
author = Ben Smith
publisher = politico.com
April 10, 2008] O'Reilly responded to the politico report by labeling Soros, Brock and Paul Begalaan "American axis of evil" and saying
"This, ladies and gentlemen, is ultra dangerous. Most Americans have no idea who Soros or Brock are. They will only know what they see on TV, smear stuff against McCain. And the pipeline extends directly toO'Reilly alleged that
NBC News, which will publicize every piece of slime Brock can create. Only one word describes this: despicable." [ cite web
url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,350291,00.html
title = American Axis of Evil
author = Bill O'Reilly
publisher = Fox News Channel
April 10, 2008] PBSpersonality Bill Moyersoversaw $500,000 worth of money transferred from the Shoeman Center Foundation (a group Soros donated to) to Media Matters.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,268043,00.html|title=Buying Political Power|publisher=Fox News Channel| author=Bill O'Reilly]
"you know, you’ve got to admire Soros for coming up with this organization. I mean, you know, he's made billions by doing this in business, by being in
Curaçaoand Bermudaand France, where he was convicted of a felony. And he knows how to do this. He knows how to move the money around and use it to gain influence. And now he's set his sights on changing the basic fabric of this country." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,268045,00.html|title="Factor Investigation":George Soros|publisher=Fox News Channel| author=Bill O'Reilly]
O'Reilly has been critical of the
American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), calling it "the most dangerous organization in the United States of America" especially in their challenging of the Justice Department and the Department of Defense regarding the War on terror. He has called them a "fascist" organization in response to their threatened lawsuit against Los Angeles Countyfor failing to remove a cross from its official seal. [cite web | url=http://mediamatters.org/items/200406080005|title=O'Reilly: ACLU is America's "most dangerous organization... second to Al Qaeda"|date=2004-06-08|accessdate=2006-10-10|publisher=Media Matters for America] .
O'Reilly alleged hypocrisy on the part of the ACLU for stating that
New York City's random searches of bags in the public transportation as a breach of personal rights, but requiring people entering their New York headquarters to consent to a bag search.Fact|date=April 2007
O'Reilly asserted that the ACLU is now a political organization rather than an advocacy group, taking positions and cases based on politics rather than
He has come down hard on the organization for its actions on behalf of the North American Man Boy Love Association (
NAMBLA) which is currently under suspicion of involvement with the rapeand murderof a young boy:
"Now many of these people subscribe to a philosophy ofThe ACLU defends NAMBLA's
relativism. That is a theory which says there's no absolute right or wrong. All moral values are relative. What's wrong for you is not wrong for your neighbor if he or she doesn't think his or her actions are wrong.
That's what the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is all about. Those loons believe it's OK to rape kids because they want to. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,188084,00.html| date =
2006-03-16| title = Failure to Punish| accessdate = 2007-07-15 | publisher = Fox News] " freedom of speechsurrounding their publications and has said that the legal blame in the murder should go to who committed it. [cite web | url = http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/protest/11289prs20000831.html | date = 2000-08-31| title = ACLU Statement on Defending Free Speech of Unpopular Organizations | accessdate = 2007-03-04 | publisher = American Civil Liberties Union]
The ACLU has said that they sometimes have to defend "unpopular" speech or speech that they don't agree with, including the
Ku Klux Klan's, saying their only "client" is the Bill of Rights. [cite web | url = http://www.aclufl.org/take_action/students/case_of_the_month/1999/faqs1099.cfm | publisher = American Civil Liberties Union of Florida | title = Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on why the ACLU defends free speech for racists and totalitarians | accessdate = 2007-03-04 ] O'Reilly alleges the ACLU "cherry picks" its cases to promote a left wing agenda while not supporting causes of free speech that conservatives support in his criticism of the ACLU defending live sex shows in Oregon. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171995,00.html| publisher = Fox news Channel | title = The ACLU Exposed| accessdate = 2007-07-06 ]
O'Reilly decried the group's criticism of The Minutemen, claiming the latter were only engaging in a form of protest, a right the ACLU defends. O'Reilly alleges that the organization is protesting the Minutemen because they are going against the ACLU's agenda. [cite web | url = http://www.oprah.com/tows/slide/200610/20061027/slide_20061027_350_107.jhtml | publisher = The Oprah Winfrey Show | title = What does Bill think about the ACLU? | accessdate = 2007-05-24 ] [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171995,00.html FOXNews.com - The ACLU Exposed - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor ] ]
O'Reilly accused the organization of having an
anti-Christianbias when it protested the portrayal of the nativity scenein New York City Public Schools, but did not protest displayal of the Jewish menorah or the Islamic star and crescent. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,104596,00.html| publisher = Fox news Channel | title = More Controversy Over Anti-Christian Bias in NYC Schools| accessdate = 2007-07-16 ]
O'Reilly criticized the ACLU for suing
San Diego Countyfor renting property to the Boy Scouts of Americain Balboa Park. The ACLU brought up a law claiming that the Boy Scouts discriminated against gays and atheists. O'Reilly criticized the San Diego City Council for voting 6-2 to vote the Scouts out before a ruling on the lawsuit was made.
"It would be impossible for the Boy Scouts (search) or any children's organization to admit avowed homosexuals because of the potential liability. Say the Scouts put openly gay and straight kids together and some sexual activity occurred. Well, parents could sue for millions, same way parents could sue if the Scouts put boys and girls together and underaged sex occurred.
As far as the atheist issue is concerned, the Scouts say no specific belief in
Godis necessary, only an acknowledgement of a higher power. And that power could be nature. Come on. The whole discrimination thing is bogus."
Part of the Boy Scout Oath begins, "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country" and the final point of the Scout Law reads, "A Scout is reverent," with the Boy Scouts' of America official explanation being that "a Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others." [ [http://www.scouting.org/Media/FactSheets/02-503a.aspx Fact Sheet: Boy Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan] , [http://www.scouting.org The Boy Scouts of America] , Retrieved 2007-10-23] However, the bylaws of the organization specifically state that Scouts must "respect the religious beliefs of others" and “in no case where a unit is connected with a church or other distinctively religious organization shall members of other denominations or faith be required, because of their membership in the unit, to take part in or observe a religious ceremony distinctly unique to that organization or church.” [ cite web | url = http://www.bsalegal.org/duty-to-god-cases-224.asp| publisher = Boy Scouts of America National Council | title = Boy Scout By Laws| accessdate = 2007-10-26 ]
O'Reilly argues this is a liberal definition of what God may be, allowing diversity for anyone believing in a higher power to join.
He went on to compare the ACLU to
"Now the ACLU is free to come to your town and sue the heck out of it. And believe me, that organization will. The ACLU doesn't care about the law or the Constitution or what the people want. It's a fascist organization that uses lawyers instead of
Panzers. It'll find a way to inflict financial damage on any concern that opposes its secular agenda and its growing in power."
He later went on to criticize the Boy Scout leadership for not standing up to the ACLU. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,108106,00.html| publisher = Fox news Channel | title = Another Big Win for the ACLU| accessdate = 2007-07-19 ]
October 16, 2006at Mount Pleasant High School in Michigan, a student stood up publicly in the cafeteria and called the principal of the school "a skank and a tramp." In addition to this, he called the school administrators Nazis and questioned the sexuality of the vice-principal. The school suspended the boy for 10 days, an action that brought a lawsuit by the ACLU. O'Reilly criticized the ACLU for defending the remarks as satirewhen he saw it as hate speech. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,102361,00.html| publisher = Fox news Channel | title = More Evidence That Our Freedoms are in Jeopardy| accessdate = 2007-07-16 ]
O'Reilly supported California Proposition 73 because it would have required parental notification of underage girls seeking an
abortion. " [T] he left-wing media has been able to convince millions of Americans that the government knows what's best for families, not the parents." [cite web| year=2005| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,175031,00.html| title=Election Day, 2005]
O'Reilly ardently condemns the practice of
partial birth abortion. He has criticized the practice being done without explanations being made and has criticized human rightsgroups such as Amnesty Internationaland Human Rights Watchfor not condemning the practice:
"Once again, this isn't about a women's right to choose or the "
New York Times" plea for reproductive rights. This is about late term abortions for just about any reason." [cite web| year=2007| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,283973,00.html| title=Kansas and Abortion]
civil unionsfor gay and lesbiancouples, but has said that nobody has the "right" to marriage; he says that marriage, like driving a car, is a privilege, not a right. He has said that if the government felt marriage was a right, then it would not stop polygamists and incestuous couples from getting married, and says he does not compare homosexuality to incest or polygamy. [cite web | url=http://www.billoreilly.com/pg/jsp/general/genericpage.jsp?pageID=62|title=Bill's Talking Points Memo (Friday, February 20, 2004)|accessdate=2006-10-10]
He supports the discussion (but not the advocation) of
intelligent designin schools and considers the opinion of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's opposition to such theories "fascist" [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164581,00.html|title= God versus science: that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo".|date=2005-08-03|accessdate=2006-10-10|publisher=FOX News] He said he supports teachers saying that some people, especially in religious groups, believe that Charles Darwin's theory of evolutionis wrong.
O'Reilly has said that there is a lack of leadership among the traditionalists and this has emboldened the secular-progressive cause. He consistently says that using religion to justify public policy is wrong:
"Right now, religious people are the ones speaking out for traditional values. But America does not forge public policy based on religion. Thus as soon as God enters the debate, the secularists win." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,113379,00.html|title=Reluctant Culture Warrior (Friday,
March 5, 2004)|accessdate=2007-08-06]
O'Reilly opposed the nationalized
health careplan that filmmaker Michael Mooreargues for in his film "Sicko", saying it would create huge backlogs. He also said, however, that he thinks the government should perform more oversight functions on health care:
"...government-run health care would be a disaster, featuring long waits for treatment and an enormous rise in taxation. But there should be government oversight on private insurance companies and strict guidelines about abusing customers.
There can be compromise and effective government control of medical care abuse in the USA. It is possible. But if Michael Moore's plan ever gets traction, pray hard you never get sick." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288936,00.html|title= Michael Moore and Your Health|date=2007-07-11|accessdate=2007-07-12|publisher=FOX News]
US legal system
He regularly criticizes jurists in controversial cases as "
activist judges." He uses the issue of gay marriageas an example. "The folks decide that by voting and, in the case of gay marriage, the folks have decided. And that decision should be respected." [cite web | title=Gay Marriage and the Culture War|publisher=FOX News|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,198343,00.html]
O'Reilly supports a balance between
gun controlFact|date=July 2008 and private gun ownership. [ [http://www.billoreilly.com/show?action=viewTVShow&showID=530 BillO'Reilly.com: The O'Reilly Factor Flash] , November 7, 2005: "Once I saw what happened in Hurricane Katrina, I said every American household should have a firearm. If there's a tremendous earthquakein San Franciscoand looting, you don't want your family protected? You don't want a firearm in your house? You're living in the world of Oz. And the military is a noble enterprise. Why should the rest of the country protect your butt if San Francisco is going to thumb your nose at the military by passing this resolution?"]
The prison system
O'Reilly has called the current U.S. prison system too lenient and has said that criminals have too many privileges.
He has suggested prisoners be sent to
labor camps in Alaskawith strict rules and minimal privileges. He has said this would serve as a replacement for the death penalty, to which he is opposed. [cite web | url=http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=23246|title=Work or die|date=2001-06-14|accessdate=2006-10-10]
O'Reilly is a self-professed proponent of stricter penalties for child molesters. He has fervently supported
Jessica's Law, [cite web | url=http://www.billoreilly.com/outragefunnels|title=Jessica's Law Report Card|publisher=BillOReilly.com] and criticized the law's detractors. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,182307,00.html |title=Protecting the Kids - Liberal Versus Conservative|date=2006-01-20|accessdate=2006-10-10|publisher=FOX News] He has given verbal support for Republican Doug Forresterin the 2005 New Jersey gubernatorial election, suggesting that his opponent, Democrat Jon Corzine, would be less likely to support a national version of the law, though stopped short of actually endorsing Forrester. [cite web| year=2005| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174551,00.html| title=Protecting the Kids in New Jersey...]
O'Reilly has been particularly critical of the
Debra LaFavecase, in which she was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old boy, but was only sentenced to house arrestand seven years probation.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,213778,00.html|title=What Is Convicted Child Sex Offender Debra LaFave Doing on TV?]
O'Reilly has been very critical of the U.S. film industry for producing films featuring violence and human suffering, such as the
slasher film"Saw" series. He has comparing this to the brutal displays of death in the colisseums of ancient Rome. [ [http://www.billoreilly.com/show?action=viewTVShowByDate&date=20061031#1 BillOReilly.com: The O'Reilly Factor Flash ] ] O'Reilly has said that films like these are marketed to children and can have consequences on their personal development. He commented on " Kill Bill Vol. 1":
"It's the most violent movie ever made, featuring brutal dismemberments and aO'Reilly severely chastized billionaire
scalpingclose-up. And you should see the raves this movie is getting from the pinhead critics. And who's lining up to see it? Children, that's who." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,101028,00.html|title= Is O'Reilly a Cry Baby?|date=2003-10-23|accessdate=2007-08-06|publisher=Fox News Channel] Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, for his support of Brian DePalma's film "Redacted" that portrayed the rapeof an Iraqi girl by American soldiers. O'Reilly claimed that the film would be used as a recruiting tool by terrorists.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311812,00.html|title=The Far-Left, Mark Cuban and A Movie That Will Put U.S. Troops in More Danger| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly has criticized the
rapand hip hopindustry for promoting a " anti-social" culture. He has said he does not care if adults listen to the music, but argues that children are not able to process the information and determine it to be destructive behavior. He has gone after several rappers such as Eminem, Ludacrisand Snoop Dogg:
"Every educator that I've talked to, and I've talked to hundreds, say that the kind ofIn 2007, O'Reilly had a dispute with
gangsta rapthat Ludacris traffics in has debased the culture, made it more difficult for them to teach children and indeed, led children into anti-social behavior." [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,113061,00.html|title= What on Earth is Anheuser-Busch Thinking?|date= March 2004|accessdate=2007-08-06|publisher=Fox News Channel] Nasafter that rapper was hired to play a concert at Virginia Techone year after the school had experienced the Virginia Tech massacre.
"Having a rapper who trades in violence perform at Virginia Tech insults the victims, the university and the entire commonwealth," declared Bill O'Reilly.[cite web | url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1569047/20070906/nas.jhtml|title= Nas Slams Bill O'Reilly Over Virginia Tech Comments|date= September 2007|accessdate=2008-08-14|publisher=MTV] Nas subsequently called O'Reilly a "racist." He repeated this stance again in July 2008, when a dispute between Nas and O'Reilly led to Nas taking a petition to Fox News and appearing on both his show and "
The Colbert Report".Many rappers and hip hop producers have appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. Cam'ronand Damon Dashappeared on the program to defend their supposed corruption of young people, to which Cam'ronreponded:
"I'm like a reporter. When you look at the news, you don't get mad at the person reporting the news."[cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,103092,00.html|title= IS GANGSTA RAP HURTING AMERICA'S CHILDREN?|date= November 14, 2003|accessdate=2008-08-14|publisher=Fox News Channel]
Bill O'Reilly has also attacked non-hip hop musicians such as
Marilyn Manson, who he accuses of corrupting America's youth. O'Reilly accused Manson of encouraging kids to have sex, encouraging homosexuality, and encouraging the use of profanity. He also asked Manson whether his songs encouraged suicide or not.
O'Reilly feels the American news media is "corrupt" and often criticizes it for not reporting topics that hurt the liberal agenda. He has often stated that he is the only one in the media holding people accountable on both sides. In
June 2007, " Adweek Magazine" sponsored a survey that asked participants who they trusted more as a source of political information between ABC Newsand O'Reilly. According to the poll, 36 percent believe that O'Reilly is a better source than ABC News, while 26 percent believe the opposite. According to the survey, 23 percent of Democrats believed that O'Reilly was a better source while 55 percent of Republicans believed the same. [cite web | url=http://www.adweek.com/aw/magazine/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003596717|title= Where Voters Go for News|date=2007-06-11|accessdate=2007-06-11|publisher=Adweek Magazine]
O'Reilly has criticized the media for not highlighting
Rosie O'Donnell's controversial remarks after the September 11, 2001 attackswhile they highlighted Ann Coulter's remarks about calling Senator John Edwardsa "fag." O'Reilly's made a sarcasticremark responding to the situation:
"Doing the math, Ms. O'Donnell says something 100 times more offensive than Ms. Coulter, in my opinion, yet there's no coverage about it. "But there's no left wing media bias in this country. Oh no!" [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263247,00.html| title=The Week in Review| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly has criticized journalists who donate to political parties after a report stated that nine out of 10 journalists donated to Democrats or liberal causes; he has said this has resulted in news media tilting to the left. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286007,00.html|title=Journalists Giving Money to Political Candidates| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly claims that news coverage about positive improvements for American and Iraqi objectives in Iraq have been largely ignored. He conjectured that the ignoring of the positive news took place to help a Democrat from being elected to President, many of whom have criticized the conflict. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,315861,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly|title=Getting the Truth About Iraq|publisher="
Fox News"|accessdate = 2008-01-10]
O'Reilly has asked his viewers and listeners to not patronize the following media outfits, saying those organizations "have regularly helped distribute defamatory, false or non-newsworthy information supplied by far-left websites" [cite web|url=http://www.billoreilly.com/pg/jsp/general/mediadef.jsp|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title=Media Outlets that Traffic in Defamation|publisher="
billoreilly.com"|accessdate = 2007-07-18]
St. Petersburg Times"
The New Yorker Magazine"
U.S. News & World Report"
St. Louis Post Dispatch"
Kansas City Star"
Chicago Sun Times
In an interview with commentator
Bill Maher, former CBS Newsanchor Dan Ratheraccused Fox News Channel of receiving "talking points" from the Republican controlled White House. O'Reilly criticized Rather heavily, saying he (Rather) did not offer any evidenceto support the claim. O'Reilly cited his defense of Rather during the Memogateincident:
"As you may remember, I defended Rather in the Bush National Guard debacle. I said Rather did not intentionally put on a bogus story. He just didn't check it out, he was too anxious for the story to be true.
Now many of you criticized me for that defense, but I'm a fact-based guy. And there's no evidence Dan Rather fabricated anything. It was sloppy reporting that did him in.
But now the fabrication word is in play again. If Dan Rather has evidence of White House dictums coming to FOX News employees, he needs to display that evidence. We are awaiting his appearance. We'll let you know when it is. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,234144,00.html|title=Dan Rather Owes FOX News an Apology| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ] "
O'Reilly has gone after
PBSpersonality Bill Moyers. O'Reilly criticized Moyers for having no balance in his presentations, citing a criticism by PBS' own ombudsman. He also called Moyers dishonest for making disparaging remarks about O'Reilly to " Rolling Stone" and then later denying he made the remarks when confronted by one of O'Reilly's producers. [cite web | url=http://hotair.com/archives/2007/04/24/video-oreilly-catches-bill-moyers-telling-whoppers-michelle-comments/|title=Video: O’Reilly catches Bill Moyers telling whoppers, Michelle comments| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly was upset by CNN's portrayal of his comment that he "couldn't get over the fact" that the largely
African-Americancrowd at a Harlemrestaurant behaved no differently than patrons of a white restaurant. O'Reilly claimed that CNN was irresponsible and mischaracterized his remark as racist, when, he claimed, he was speaking against racism. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298126,00.html|title=CNN Goes Over to the Dark Side| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly scolded MSNBC and CNN for not providing
primetimecoverage of the ceremony that awarded Lt. Michael Murphy the Medal of Honor. O'Reilly said that they "despise the Bush administration and believe anything positive like American heroes in war zones, detract from their negative assessment of the administration" and that they should not claim to support the troops and ignore their heroism. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,304700,00.html|title=Disrespecting The American Military | publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
NBC News and MSNBC
O'Reilly has criticized
NBC Newsand their affiliated cable service MSNBC several times for their coverage of the war in Iraq, claiming that it is biased toward the war's opponents. [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,242550,00.html] "NBC's Anti-Iraq Bias"] [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16688461/ NBC reacts to Bill O’Reilly’s bias criticism - MSNBC TV - MSNBC.com ] ] He later called NBC News the most "anti-military news operation in the country," when he cited an example of NBC correspondent William Arkinthat called American troops "mercenaries."
O'Reilly's primary opponent in ratings is MSNBC's
Countdown with Keith Olbermann, with O'Reilly being a frequent 'Worst person in the world.' O'Reilly has taken to referring to NBC News, haven never said Olbermann's name in his television nor radio show and has claimed he will call Fox security should anyone of his call in listeners mention Olberman or Countdown by name. [ [http://mediamatters.org/items/200603030010] "Media Matters - O'Reilly threatened radio show caller with 'a little visit' from 'Fox security' for mentioning Olbermann's name on the air"]
He also criticized the network of trying to downplay the War on Terror in the wake of American casualties in Iraq.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,288785,00.html|title=Blood in the Water Over Iraq| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
Robert Greenwald, who had directed the controversial documentary " Outfoxed" that criticized O'Reilly and the Fox News Channel, put together an event of homeless veterans criticizing O'Reilly for calling John Edwardsdishonest when Edwards asserted that there were about 200,000 homeless veterans. O'Reilly denied Edwards claim, stating "They may be out there, but there are not many of them out there, OK. So if you know where there is a veteran sleeping under a bridge, you call me immediately, and we will make sure that man does not do it." [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,323305,00.html FOXNews.com - Ed Schultz on Talk Radio's Handling of Presidential Candidates - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor ] ] After government statistics supported Edwards, O'Reilly then said that there was no linkage between the economy and homeless veterans and claims that the Veterans Affairs Administrationhas empty beds every night waiting for them. [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325193,00.html|title=David Letterman, John Edwards and Homeless Vets| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill ] O'Reilly felt Greenwald's event was a "contrived" situation after O'Reilly's producers had interviewed some of the homeless veterans whom were protesting and found out that some did not actually hear O'Reilly's comments. O'Reilly blasted NBC's Steve Capusand the " New York Daily News"for covering the event and claimed that Capus did not know about the nature of the event. [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,328067,00.html|title=Far-Left Attack on FOX News Fails| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill ]
O'Reilly called NBC hypocritical for putting supporters of legalizing
prostitutionin the wake of Democratic Governorfrom the State of New York Elliot Spitzerresigning his post after allegedly engaging in the act in an effort and felt they would not be as defensive if a Republican had gotten in trouble. [ cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,337073,00.html|title=Far-Left Attack on FOX News Fails| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill ]
Although he praised the late "
Meet the Press" host Tim Russertin the past, [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,307219,00.html FOXNews.com - A Bad Night for Hillary Clinton - Bill O’Reilly | The O’Reilly Factor ] ] O'Reilly criticized Russert for what he saw as a misinterpretation of what were seen as potentially racially insensitive comments by former President Bill Clinton. In his comments, Russert challenged Senator Hillary Clintonabout her husband's remarks regarding Senator Barack Obama, when Mr. Clinton referred to Obama's position on Iraq as a "fairy tale." O'Reilly said that Russert "should have known better" and realized the former President's comments were regarding Obama's Iraq policy and not his entire candidacy. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,322780,00.html|title=Racial Politics and the Democratic Presidential Contest| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill|date= January 14, 2008]
O'Reilly has accused the print press of purposely misquoting him and using their hard news pages to further their editorial points of view. He has said that print media is too liberal and attacks opposing viewpoints. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286733,00.html|title=Lashing the Print Press| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
In 2003, O'Reilly criticized the "
Los Angeles Times" for endorsing then-governor Gray Davis, who was running against Arnold Schwarzeneggerand a whole field of different candidates, including Republicans, Democrats and Independents, in a recall election. He said that he "has never seen a newspaper try to destroy someone as aggressively as the "Times" is doing." He also criticized " The New York Times" on the same issue for referring to Schwarzenegger solely as a bodybuilder. He made the claim that Californians have canceled their subscriptions due to the "extreme left-wing bias" of the newspaper. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,99326,00.html|title=Would You Vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger?| publisher=FOX News| author=O'Reilly, Bill| ]
O'Reilly has accused the media of being hypocritical with its criticism of President Bush's handling of
North Koreaand Iranpursuing nuclear weaponswhile not being critical of President Bill Clintonfor what was the same course of action. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,219667,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Blaming America First"|date= October 11 2006|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-06-27]
"The New York Times"
O'Reilly frequently criticizes "The New York Times", accusing them of omitting information that would be damaging to left-wing organizations and causes. [cite web | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,254944,00.html | publisher = Fox News Channel | title = Covering the News the Left Wing Way | accessdate = 2007-05-24 ]
March 15, 2007, "The New York Times" ran an editorial titled "Immigration Misery" that had claimed a "screaming baby girl has been forcibly weaned from breast milkand taken dehydrated to an emergency room so that the nation's borders will be secure." Upon further investigation, the only two babies admitted to the hospital in the area of Bedford, Massachusetts(where the raid took place) were due to dehydration because of pneumoniaand not as a result of being "forcibly weaned." O'Reilly alleged that the information in the editorial was falsified and claimed "The Times" wanted to promote illegal immigration in order to make the illegal immigrants into legal US citizens and register them as Democrats. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,260143,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Illegal Immigration and the Left-Wing Media"|date= March 21 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-04-09]
He accused "The Times" of promoting
NBC Newsover ABC News. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,258037,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="News Wars: NBC, CBS and the NY Times"|date= March 9 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-04-16]
June 2, 2007, Homeland Securitystopped a plot by four terror suspects thought to be linked to Al Qaeda. Authorities have alleged that the suspects were trying to blow up an oil pipeline in the Howard Beachsection of New York Citythat carries jet fuel to JFK Airport. O'Reilly went on his program and told his listeners that he expected "The Times" to report it as a featured story on its Sunday edition for June 3, but found that the story was on page 37Fact|date=June 2007. A story that occupied the front page talked about brick laying in India. O'Reilly accused the newspaper of burying the story to not highlight a successful foiled terror plot because it contradicts the paper's editorial point of view. O'Reilly claims that as polls show most Americans feel Republicans would do a better job of handling a terrorist threat than Democrats, "The Times" intentionally gave the news less exposure in hopes of influencing their readers' focus away from issues that Democrats tend to poll weaker than Republicans in. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,278890,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="The New York Times Under Siege"|date= June 7 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-06-27] O'Reilly has also said that the paper would highlight any terrorist attack if one was to occur so they may criticize the Bush Administration:
"So "The Times" wins both ways. The paper diminishes the War on Terror by putting it on page 37, but if something bad ever happened, it can attack President Bush. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,278099,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Relax, the War on Terror is Not That Big of A Deal"|date=
June 5 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-06-27] ."
O'Reilly has accused the paper of being deceptive about television ratings for "The O'Reilly Factor" against that of MSNBC during the same time slot, citing that the paper felt that MSNBC was "competitive" with his program when O'Reilly's ratings were significantly higher. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,308902,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="NBC News Wants to Hire Rosie O'Donnell"|date=
November 7, 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2008-01-14]
O'Reilly has questioned the paper's interpretation of violence statistics among veterans of the military. His contention is that the paper is out to disparage the military as being overly violent after returning home from deployment in the War on Terror. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,323773,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="New York Times Story About Murders by American War Veterans Questionable"|date=
January 18, 2008|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2008-February-07]
O'Reilly has accused a few liberal political websites of "distorting the truth" and "engaging in hatred":
"There are no rules. These people will do and say pretty much anything to harm people with whom they disagree politically.
The trend started back in the Clinton-Lewinsky days, and now thousands of
bloggersare operating, throwing dirt all over the place. Now they're not all bad. Some of these bloggers are good, accurate watchdogs. But there are plenty of awful ones." [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,171328,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Political Smear Sites"|date= October 5 2005|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-08-08]
He has criticized the "
Daily Kos" website, accusing it of calling for increased attacks upon American troops in Iraq, and for Iranto attack Israel. O'Reilly has also alleged that "Daily Kos" bloggers have called the Popea primateand evangelicals"nut cases", that they wish for the success of any subsequent attempts at the assassinationof Vice President Dick Cheneyafter he avoided an attempt on his life in Afghanistanduring a 2007 visit, and have said that the world is "better off" without White House Press Secretary Tony Snowwhen Snow publicly said he had cancer. [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,289573,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="JetBlue and the Radical Left"|date= July 17 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-08-07]
In summer of 2007, O'Reilly said that the entire field of 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidates (aside from Senator
Joseph Biden) went to the Yearly Kosconvention that was sponsored by the Daily Kos. He has said that sites like the Kos are taking control of the Democratic Party through intimidation:
"As we have been reporting, a group of far-left bloggers has succeeded in frightening most of the Democratic presidential candidates and moving the party significantly to the left, at least in the primary season. The lead intimidators are "
MoveOn", " Media Matters" and the vicious "Daily Kos". These people savagely attack those with whom they disagree. And the politicians don't want to become smear targets.
So most of the Democratic candidates have agreed to speak at the Kos convention this coming weekend, something that is beyond shameful." [cite web|url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291514,00.html|author=Bill O'Reilly, Headlines|title="Intimidating the Democrats"|date=
July 31 2007|publisher=" Fox News Channel"|accessdate = 2007-08-07]
O'Reilly has compared the
Huffington Postto the Nazis and the KKK. He also called MoveOn.org the "new Klan." In response, Ariana Huffingtonwrote that O'Reilly had confused bloggers with anonymous commentors and suggested he enroll in "How to Use the Internet 101." [ [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/bill-oreilly-needs-to-en_b_92646.html Arianna Huffington: Bill O'Reilly Needs to Enroll in "Understanding the Internet 101" - Media on The Huffington Post ] ] Huffington alleged that offensive comments are taken down from her site when confronted by one of O'Reilly's producers. She also noted that offensive comments are posted by users of O'Reilly's own site, billoreilly.com. [ [http://www.americablog.com/2007/07/billoreillycom-if-hillary-wins-my-guns.html BillOReilly.com: "If [Hillary wins... my guns are loaded" ] ] O'Reilly alleged that Huffington had no standards of conduct and did not remove comments about wishing Nancy Reaganhad died after she fell that were written on her site. "She says it is down, but it is not. She does not tell the truth." [ cite web| title = 'The Factor' Confronts Arianna Huffington | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,340349,00.html | author = Bill O'Reilly | publisher = Fox News Channel | date = March 21, 2008] O'Reilly later alleged that Huffington implied Pope Benedict XVIwas a Nazi. [ cite web| title = Uncivil War Within the Democratic Party | url = http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,341331,00.html | date = March 25, 2008| author = Bill O'Reilly | publisher = Fox News Channel ] O'Reilly referred to a satirical article written by comedian Chris Kelly, which mocked O'Reilly on Huffington's website. [ [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kelly/oreilly-attends-easter-s_b_93005.html Chris Kelly: O'Reilly Attends Easter Services At Church Led by Ex-Nazi - Media on The Huffington Post ] ]
O'Reilly generally supports the notion of a clean environment, although he has said that he is not entirely certain that
fossil fuels are the cause of global warming. Nonetheless, he has expressed support for a long-term strategy to curb fossil fuel use. He has said he would not support the Kyoto Treatyfor economic reasons, but supports the use of fewer polluting agents, more conservation, and "tons more innovation" such as tax credits for alternative fuels. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,54413,00.html|title=Global Warming & the Bush Administration|author=O'Reilly, Bill|publisher=Fox News|date= June 4, 2002]
O'Reilly is a frequent critic of government welfare and
povertyprograms. He is also critical of the estate tax. However, he does not differentiate between the marginal tax rate (46 percent) and the "effective" tax rate (roughly nine percent ). [cite web | url=http://www.billoreilly.com/site/product?printerFriendly=true&pid=20104|title=A Taxing Proposition|author=O'Reilly, Bill|Publisher=BillOReilly.com|date= June 8, 2006]
O'Reilly has said French unemployment and subsequent riots are the "common effects of socialist thinking". He claims the French unemployment rate is high because of entitlements sanctioned by the French government, and that these entitlements make employers hesitant to hire young employees for fear that they will be required to give benefits to underperforming workers. [cite web | url=http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/oreilly040306.asp|title=French whine|author=O'Reilly, Bill|date=
April 3, 2006|Publisher=Jewish World Review]
He says he supports income-based
affirmative actionas opposed to race-related affirmative action. [cite web | url=http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/oreilly063003.asp|title=Affirmative action, negative reaction|author=O'Reilly, Bill|Publisher=Jewish World Review|date= June 30, 2003] He has also said that personally he would hire a minority to work for him over a white person of equal qualification because the minority, in all likelihood, has had to go through more challenges.Fact|date=June 2007
He said that much of the chaos following
Hurricane Katrinaoccurred because roughly 10 percent of the population cannot sustain itself. He has claimed that much of the funds doled out under entitlement programs is spent on alcohol and drugs. [cite web | url=http://mediamatters.org/items/200509150001|title=O'Reilly: "Many, many, many" hurricane victims who failed to evacuate New Orleans are "drug-addicted... thugs"|publisher=Media Matters for America|Date= September 15, 2005|Author=J.S.]
O'Reilly has been critical of companies doing business with countries that are hostile to the United States. O'Reilly criticized
General Electricfor doing business with Iran. O'Reilly cited how NBC News' correspondent John Hockenberry did a report on " Dateline" highlighting GE's business relationship with the Bin Laden family and was criticized by the company, who owns NBC, for the "Dateline" report. [cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,321987,00.html|title=Is NBC's Parent Company Doing Business With Iran?|publisher=Fox News Channel|Date= January 11, 2008|Author=Bill O'Reilly]
O'Reilly has been critical of oil companies, claiming their record profits are evidence that they have price-gouged Americans with artificially high gas prices.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,192158,00.html|title=Bigwigs at Big Oil Making Big Bucks|author=O'Reilly, Bill|publisher=Fox News|date=
April 18, 2006] and has said he is personally boycotting products by Exxon-Mobil.cite web | url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,324803,00.html|title=Economic Woes and Your Money|author=O'Reilly, Bill|publisher=Fox News|date= January 22, 2008] He has often taken an opposing point of view to conservatives such as fellow Fox Newsanalyst and commentator, Neil Cavuto. During one discussion on The O'Reilly Factor, Cavuto accused O'Reilly of "push [ing] populist nonsense." [http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0908/Cavuto_to_OReilly_You_push_populist_nonsense.html]
O'Reilly claims that the United States is not doing enough to make itself independent of foreign oil, stating that "If
Brazilcan develop an ethanolindustry that makes it completely independent of foreign oil, then the USA can". [cite web | url=http://jewishworldreview.com/cols/oreilly050806.asp|title=Oil and immigrants|author=O'Reilly, Bill|Publisher=Jewish World Review|date= May 8, 2006] He said blocking Brazilian ethanol imports was "awful" and has criticized both the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administrationfor not doing enough to stem the cost of oil from "foreign predators".
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