O’Reilly Agrees With Obama: ‘Over-Reliance On The ‘Net…Will Not Help You Succeed’

Bill O’Reilly took on on the perils of the Internet and found common ground with recent comments made by President Obama. Paraphrasing Obama as saying “too much Internet is bad for your mental health,” O’Reilly quickly agreed, then launched into rather lengthy screed explaining the current state of Internet videos, presumably to an audience that has little to no understanding of the digital age.

“Charlie Bit My Finger” and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance music video were exemplified as the yin and yang of this crazy new world we now find ourselves, which was then followed by the conversation with Fox News analyst Juan Williams (a self described “old school” non-Twitterer) and Kate Obenshain of Young America’s Foundation, who praises the fact that, without the Internet, we’d never have learned about grade schools indoctrinating their kids with “Barack Hussein Obama” chants. In other words – the blind leading the blind. Fascinating social anthropology, nonetheless.


George Stephanopoulos Takes On Bill O’Reilly’s Hillary Clinton 2012 Theory

Last night, Bill O’Reilly welcomed a surprising cross-network guest on the show to talk about the Obama administration: ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. The two found common ground discussing the response to the Gulf oil spill, but when O’Reilly presented Stephanopoulos his theory that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is gearing up for a run against President Obama in 2012, his only response was a deadpanned “you’re not serious.”

On the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Stephanopoulos agreed that federal agencies had not been doing the proper environmental oversight over BP and other oil companies and that the disaster happened on President Obama’s watch, though the agencies had been problematic for a while. The more interesting debate came during their second subject: is Hillary Clinton ready to stage a coup?

Fox News contributor Dick Morris had proposed precisely this earlier during the week as a response to an interview where Clinton argued that the problems with the American economy were making her job harder. As aforementioned, Stephanopoulos, mouth slightly agape, could not quite believe the theory, laughed it off, and wondered how Clinton could possibly convince anyone that she was deserving of being president if she suddenly turned around and challenged her boss for the job. “I don’t see any possibility, zero, if you could say less than zero, none at all” of her running, he argued, and contradicted Morris’ claim that she rarely goes off-script by pointing out that she got into trouble recently for saying something off-the-cuff. Asked how Clinton would put together a platform at all, O’Reilly spoke, as Clinton: “I did a heckuva job, Brownie, overseas and my approval rating is 65%, and this guy screwed up everything else and his approval is 30%, so I’m going to challenge him in the primary.”

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O’Reilly ‘Doesn’t Care About Cass Sunstein’ Or Glenn Beck’s ‘Conspiracy Of The Day’

Glenn Beck must have known before going on his weekly O’Reilly Factor segment that Bill O’Reilly was going to pick on him for being praised by the left for supporting Miranda rights for all US citizens. His usual pro-Constitution argument for Miranda, however, took a strange turn when he warned O’Reilly that there was something to the fact that “the usual suspects” against torture are suddenly in favor of increased security, like Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein. “I don’t care about Cass Sunstein,” O’Reilly replied lazily, before asking: “So, what’s the conspiracy of the day?”

Despite the fact that Beck is constantly a target of commentators across the spectrum both for his dramatic style and the complicated detailing of the Obama administration he goes through on his program every day, it’s rare to see someone be so flippant about his life’s work to his face. O’Reilly, who supports restricting Miranda to some extent in cases of radical Islamic terrorism, argued that national security should be the primary concern, and that terrorists shouldn’t be given privileges that, upon committing and act of terror, they no longer deserve.

Beck replied by asking for “no more power,” and pointing out what he sees as a dangerous tendency by the Obama administration to consolidate federal powers. “You’ve got a government right now who is saying that the tea party goers are terrorists and everything else!” As he was about to launch into an explanation of Sunstein’s– a regular on the Beck chalkboard– Marxist tendencies, O’Reilly, in his best grumpy old man voice, responded, “I don’t care about Cass Sunstein.” You should!” Beck responds, and after some crosstalk O’Reilly asks, “What is the conspiracy of the day?” O’Reilly continued by calling Beck a “history guy” who’s “got Ben Franklin running around,” and as such should “deal with reality.”

Beck took it in stride, and got back at O’Reilly by yelling at him for “[wrecking] my movie experience” in Iron Man 2, where, instead of seeing “hot chicks,” Beck had to deal with watching O’Reilly’s cameo appearance. When O’Reilly repeated that he still hasn’t had a chance to see the film, Beck channeled President Obama and noted, “See? People could be too successful.”

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Megyn Kelly And Bill O’Reilly Have A Second ‘Shoot-Out’ Over Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Some people may find this kind of heated discussion “Destructive To America,” but no one can deny that Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly make some great political theater together. Tonight they took on the topic of partial-birth abortions as understood by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which launched the usually convivial colleagues into a deep 5-minute argument that veered dangerously into the territory of defining whether a fetus is a child.

On Tuesday, Kelly and O’Reilly discussed Justice Ginsburg’s ruling on partial-birth abortion, where she took issue with the language of a fetus as an “unborn child,” as well as an Affirmative Action case where Ginsburg wrote that she believed the promotion of minorities should be a more important priority than elevating the most qualified candidates. Kelly challenged O’Reilly to a second round, where both sides came with new evidence and better prepared to debate.

O’Reilly repeatedly tried to get Kelly to argue whether a fetus is a child, which she admitted she believed her child was a human being when she was pregnant but refused to fall into that discussion further. She made a distinction between the legal and moral definitions of what it is to be human, and pointed out that Ginsburg’s complaint in the partial-birth abortion case was of language, not of opinion. O’Reilly retorted that her attitude disregarded the Constitution: “It’s impossible for any reasonable person to think that James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and the rest would want partial-birth abortion.”

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Bill O’Reilly Addresses Kagan’s Sexuality Rumors With Indignation And Confusion

Last night Bill O’Reilly addressed the rumors that surround the sexuality of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan with Washington Post columnist (and certified Beltway insider) Sally Quinn. The interview featured some odd miscommunication; Quinn blamed the White House for initially insisting that Kagan is not gay (because they don’t know for sure), to which O’Reilly responded “Americans have a right to know if their Supreme Court Justice has an orientation that may or may not dictate which way she votes on a vital issue.”

Warning – regular readers of Mediaite’s coverage of this story will watch the following clip and may feel as though they’ve entered some weird time travel/twilight zone. From the first CBS News blog post that questioned Kagan’s sexuality a few weeks ago right up until the news of Kagan’s friends claims that she is straight, the O’Reilly segment feels like a recap of much of what we’ve published since this story broke.

To his credit, O’Reilly has very often shown tolerance and acceptance for many gay rights issues (save some biggies like gay marriage.) But despite a history of tolerance, last night’s interview seemed to have one message for O’Reilly’s traditional viewers: Elena Kagan might be a lesbian and Americans need to know this because it’s germane to how a Supreme Court justice nominee might vote on an issue. The back and forth can best be summed up by the following exchange in which, ironically, Quinn cited a classic bon mot from the conservative playbook:

O’Reilly: Don’t Americans have a right to know on something as important as gay marriage if there is a Supreme Court justice nominee who is in that world? Don’t they have a right to know that?

Quinn: My feeling is that her private personal life, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of anybody else is her business.

O’Reilly: How do you know it doesn’t get in the way of her judicial decisions?

Quinn: Well, you know, you could argue that the conservative argument is that basically what you need to do is to follow the law. and that’s all that matters.

O’Reilly: Follow the constitution.

Quinn: Follow the constitution. that’s all that matters. if she does that than anything else does matter.


Dick Morris: Hillary Clinton Is Throwing Obama Under The Bus For A 2012 Run

On 60 Minutes earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the American economy is making it more difficult for her to do her job because other nations are telling her that “we always look to you because you have this great economy, and now you’re in the ditch.” Bill O’Reilly saw “a little jab” at the President in those comments, blaming the White House for her job troubles, but guest Dick Morris took that premise a bit further, suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President building up to 2012.“I think there is a subtle distancing going on, and it began over health care,” Morris noted, pointing out that Clinton was not vocal about supporting health care reform. O’Reilly didn’t quite see the connection, since, after all, the Secretary of State rarely gives opinions on foreign policy, but Morris retorted that “She was doing this when she was First Lady!” and that, given the current potential backlash against Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections, “it’s possible that a grassroots swell comes up” and recruits Clinton to run against Obama in 2012.

O’Reilly, who agreed to some extent with the subtle distancing, added that he believed Clinton still had a very strong desire to be president, and that she may not have the “patience” to wait until 2016.

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The Fonz Gets Off Easy In A Democratic O’Reilly ‘Pinheads And Patriots’

The O’Reilly Factor’s “Pinheads and Patriots” segment is usually a lighthearted cherry on top of an hour of heated, often tiring debate. It serves as a thoughtless cool-down exercise after an hour of serious thought. Tonight was no different, except there was serious a lack of “Patriot”ism, with Bill O’Reilly leaving the pinhead or patriot denomination for actor Henry Winkler, who had criticized Sarah Palin, up to “the folks,” as he would say.

Winkler, who O’Reilly repeated referred to as “The Fonz” from Happy Days but to a younger generation is probably better known as attorney Barry Zuckercorn from Arrested Development, had called Palin “the most articulate person in her family” and expressed fascination with the fact that someone of, has he put it, “such little knowledge” could have such a following. Rather than call him an all-out pinhead, O’Reilly noted that, to liberals, he’s a patriot, but to him, he’s just “boring”– which, compared with the way O’Reilly treats other celebrities like Sean Penn or Bruce Springsteen, it’s a pretty positive review! Giving him even less grief is the fact that his appearance was followed by a full pinhead nomination for a BBC affiliate.

This isn’t the first time O’Reilly leaves a question mark behind “pinhead or patriot,” but it’s one of the few times he actually leads the segment with an open-ended event, and he has been giving out the titles himself less and less in the past few months. There is no poll attached to the segment– it seems like an unsustainable event for a daily minute-long segment– but there is the indication that O’Reilly merely directs you to make a choice, rather than keeping the power of ridicule to himself, perhaps yet another facet to the long-term softening of O’Reilly’s on-air personality.

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