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4.0 out of 5 stars More wind than a tornado, October 12, 2003
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This review is from: The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Paperback)
I first heard of O'Reilly's show from my father-in-law who's one of the world's greater prudes. He showed me a few of O'Reilly's moralisms in one of the books the alleged unspinner markets. I read them then ignored them as I do most of what my father in law recommends.
But to hear O'Reilly on the tube! What is it about loudmouth windbags that appeals to people? Because that's all O'Reilly is.
To be honest, when I first saw this book advertised before it became available, I thought it would be thicker, a more "scholarly" documentary of what's wrong with O'Reilly. When I got it, I saw it wasn't that thick. It reminded me of some of those comedy manuals that made jokes of the inept rhetoric of Dan Quayle and George W. for example. So I opened it expecting to be disappointed. I wasn't.
The author does a pretty good job of refuting just about everything O'Reilly says. Billy boy claims he's not a conservative. But he says nothing positive about anyone remotely connected with the Democratic party, and nothing negative about right wing Republicans, not matter how outrageous the statement or act.
Yet O'Reilly still has the audacity to call his stands "unspin," where that's all he does but spin, spin, and spin some more for anything he chooses to believe in, any stand he chooses to make.
There's a lengthy section in which scores of O'Reilly's statements are listed, followed by an "Oh, Really?" in which the statement is always challenged, usually refuted.
There's an entire chapter dedicated to the many times O'Reilly has contradicted himself. And the section on the person on O'Reilly's show who had a relative die on 9/11, yet was opposed to the war is a gem! What O'Reilly said after the microphone was off is something that clearly contradicts any of the little moral platitudes Billy is forever shooting off.
By the way, what might be the antonym to "pinhead?" Because that's what the scholarly O'Reilly refers to anyone who might be audacious enough to disagree with him. And he, like a well-known and equally windy--and insubstantial--daytime radio "conservative", who, in fact, may be O'Reilly's political mentor, has mastered the art of simply tuning out those who disagree with him. When someone disputes him with simple things like FACTS, O'Reilly dismisses them all with, "Well, that's your opinion," and moves on.
Al Franken does a more amusing job of refuting O'Reilly but if you know anyone, father in law or other, who pays attention to this loudmouth, you might want to give them this book to put the guy in perspective.
Frankly, it's beyond me what appeals to anyone about the guy. I hope the people O'Reilly has on his show and whom he thinks he's defeating (because he has control over the show!) just refuse to appear with him any more. Then we'll be rid of O'Reilly's self praise (e.g., of awards he never received) and opinions based on nothing more than the fact that O'Reilly still has a breath.
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