by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
I don't know about anyone else, but Bill O'Reilly (O'Reilly Factor--FNC) seems to be bending over backwards to make friends with the left. For some reason, O'Reilly took another cheap shot at conservative blogs the other day, specifically targeting the Free Republic [www.freerepublic.com].
However, it is obvious what the popular television host is trying to do. By attacking blogs like the Free Republic, O'Reilly is trying to position himself as a man of reason, beyond the trappings of political partisanship.
Quite honestly, it is clear O'Reilly needs to do more homework before making himself look foolish. Comparing the Free Republic with Internet sites like the Huffington Post and MoveOn.org is ridiculous. The hate spewed forth from the left cannot be found on the Free Republic and most other conservative blogs and web sites.
There is reason behind O'Reilly's madness. The man obviously has a big ego. O'Reilly enjoys those appearances on the David Letterman Show and The View. Like former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, O'Reilly wants to be liked and throwing some digs at conservative groups scores points with the far left.
O'Reilly's motives can also be seen in his refusal to criticize Barack Obama's presidency. Anyone with a modicum of sense understands the current President's fiscal policies are disastrous for America. But we must remember during the run up to the presidential election, Obama appeared on the Factor and O'Reilly's stating of the obvious would make another appearance by Obama on his show unlikely. Plus, it's nice to be invited to those parties on the swank upper east side of Manhattan and that won't happen either, if O'Reilly tells it like it is.
Subsequently, the Free Republic has become a boogey-man for O'Reilly. By criticizing the blog and its contributors, he thinks this is endearing to the people he envies. Yet, at heart, O'Reilly does envy individuals, like Rush Limbaugh, because the popular radio host doesn't care if he's invited to chat with Whoppi Goldberg or Diane Sawyer.
What's most important to Bill O'Reilly is Bill O'Reilly. If I hear him "bloviate" about his book being on the New York Times best seller list one more time, I'll scream. O'Reilly needs to get back to his original mandate, but, unfortunately, of late, the "No Spin Zone" has us all spinning.
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