[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>I think Bill O'Reilly is really great. He's the ONLY interviewer I see who goes after the sacred cows and the things "we're not supposed to talk about" (Jesse Jackson, the Red Cross, celebrity activism, mental illness, etc.).
I mean, Larry King has always been a softball tossing idiot, but since O'Reilly has come along, King has never looked so inept, kiss-ass and out-of-his-league.
I respect O'Reilly quite a bit, because he's saying what most won't (or can't) and if some of you would open your ears a bit, you'll see that he's FAR from a "right wing flamethrower" or whatever. If O'Reilly is anything, it's a middle-class, blue collar populist type of ranter.
He seems less agitated at liberals than he does at greedy corporations, irresponsible citizens, weasel-esque lawyers and PR types, liars, cheaters, etc.
I mean, who can't get behind and agree with THAT?
He's savaged Enron and gaffes by the Bush administration (and has grilled McCain, Forbes, etc.) just as hard as he ever has any Democrat or left-leaning guest.
He's like me: he just hates liars, stupidity, spin, bullshit, people who sail through life unaccountable for their words/actions because of their politcal party/race/gender/social status, etc.
Open your ears a bit and give it a fair listen. You might be surprised.
And, he ALWAYS gives his guest the last word. Always.
And with some of the assholes who come on his show, he's kinder and more civil than I - or any of you - would probably be with them.
Cut him some slack. Most of you aren't watching him anyway, and you're only going by what you hear others say.
Ask Rosie O'Donnell what SHE thinks about him. They had a very open and civil interview on his show last week, and she was very candid in how she completely misread him and had a totally wrong perception of how he is and what he believes.
And they don't get any further anti-right wing than Ms. O'Donnell.
</strong><hr></blockquote>EXACTLY!!! You hit the nail RIGHT on the head!!
I loved the way he talked to the Toyota CEO. Talking about how he was basically Jesse Jackson's bitch. Nobody else would dare get into that mess, but O'Reilly did and he made complete sense. People need to give this guy a chance before they bash him.