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This review is from: Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama (Paperback)I am neither a follower nor a fan of Bill O'Reilly, have read none of his prior books, and rarely watch Fox News (or CNN, MSNBC, ABC or any television for that matter). On top of that, I am politically a (struggling) Centrist, and refuse to identify directly and / or solely with any one party or ideology. However I was very optimistic in the first thirty to forty pages as I sensed I would be reading a non-biased work; one that gives credit where it's due, and points out areas of failure when they occur. Per the title, people are either Patriots for their commendable actions, or Pinheads for their foolish ones. This actually appealed to me - keep it black and white, simple and fair.
After thirty or forty pages I reached what I'll call a gate, and when I opened it I felt I was headed down an old path - just another version of hammering from the Right. I could see the writing as obviously intended to criticize the actions and policies of President Barack Obama and other Liberals, simultaneously bestowing kudos on them for small, insignificant, non-political actions. I considered his method as beating someone with a hose rather than a chain. In an effort to show non bias, he gives Pinhead status to several actions of G.W. Bush and other Conservatives, and even ever so gently knocks Rush Limbaugh.
I will say I feel the book is likely based more on emotion and ideology than substance. Many of O'Reilly's comments and statistics are "off the cuff" and simply a matter of personal opinion, rather than documented fact. For example, when he enters into a diatribe on what he calls The Tech Offensive, or how electronic media technology is virtually ruining the children of this country, he cites a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation stating that kids spend 7.5 hours a day on average consuming electronic stimulation. He then follows this assertion with a chart from Kaiser listing six categories of electronic stimulation totaling 11.8 hours a day, not the 7.5 just cited from them. Oh well..... That's small stuff.
As I progressed further I took another hard look, and began to understand exactly where the author was coming from. When I reached the section where numerous politicians and public figures are classified as either Patriots or Pinheads, I honestly couldn't disagree with his impartial and non-partisan assessments. I feel Bill O'Reilly is speaking from his heart, and while at times he communicates things differently than I would, we're often on the same page. It would not be difficult to imagine a meaningful and productive conversation with him. I honestly don't believe he's being malicious towards anyone in particular, but rather has a very clear and concise personal definition of what defines a Pinhead or a Patriot.
If you are far left or right of center politically, this book will likely not appeal to you, as you'll feel O'Reilly is either too harsh or too soft on his Obama assessment. The overall ratings I've read support this observation, as those at the extreme ends cannot, and are not willing to try, listening for a change. However, if you read the book with an open mind I believe you will find, as I have, it offers a different constructive criticism approach which I truly appreciate.
Author - Our Turn to Serve - An Army Veteran's Memoir of the Vietnam War (Xlibris 2011)
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Initial post: Feb 7, 2013 1:10:08 PM PST
another reader says:
This is an appropriate book for those who accept O'R's simplistic view of the world. He believes that conservatives are good and anyone who thinks government should not be run to favor the rich few who finance conservative pols is bad.
Posted on Sep 22, 2013 12:08:20 AM PDT
Anon Y. Mous says:
You have faulty logic, which is called black and white thinking when you say "keep it black and white, simple and fair". Well, black and white thinking is saying that you only believe that there is two extremes and no gray area. Lots of folks have this logic, no matter if it is 'Us vs them' or they believe this false 'liberals vs conservatives' or even the famous 'Android vs Apple'. The reason why I bring this up is that you say you are a centrist (to come off as a non-biased individual) but you admit to black and white thinking where there is no middle, gray area or center (but you claim to be a centrist). "I feel the book is likely based more on emotion and ideology than substance"-likely based on emotion? Have you watched his program? I have a lot. In fact anyone that has to get overtly emotional by calling people names like O'Reilly (pinheads for example) IS emotional. It's not "likely" or kinda/sorta, it is really emotional. Good on you that you realized he inflated 7.5 hrs to 11.8hr, like no one would notice. Of course when you are like him and you have viewers that also ascribe to this emotional garbage, they won't notice or care. 7.5 hours is bad enough, why does he have to make it worse? Could it be to make his point more outrageous and to the extreme? I think so. Good also on you (or anyone else that realizes this) that he gives small/faint/insignificant praise on people he disagrees with and also criticizes people on (supposedly) his side to make him seem non-biased. There is really no his side, he is a money loving machine. I was open and I still do listen to O'Reilly, but eventually people have to see him for what he actually is, a bully that takes advantage of people that have black and white thinking. I will end on he "has a different constructive criticism approach", which is his (and others on Fox and MSNBC) way of seeming that they are unbiased. That is bull. Thanks for reading.
Posted on Nov 30, 2013 6:56:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2013 7:00:29 PM PST
O'Reilly works for a pro-corporate mouthpiece pushing far-right ideology. There is no way he is objective or unbiased: recall his "Tiller the Killer" rants? Recall the results of that irresponsibility?
Nor is there any way you came here to write this review as someone who doesn't actually watch the FOX cesspool: anyone who doesn't see through O'Reilly, and that that cesspool is nothing more or less than far-right propaganda is blind -- and you fool no one on that point.
Here's some history for you:
Before Hitler went after the Jews, he targeted and exterminated --
3. Trade unionists (he was anti-union).
The Founders were Liberals.
So what does it tell you that the constant target of the constant hate spewed from the FOX cesspool is Liberals?
At very best -- and as other comments note -- you are confused: you cannot be both a "centrist" and also boast of oversimplifying "black and white" "thinking". Grow up. Get an education outside the FOX sewer. Stop the stupid.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2013 1:47:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2013 4:23:36 AM PST
David B. Simmons says:
I never watch Fox news, and I've voted Democratic for all elections in the past 10 years. I loathe the Tea Party; Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Eric Cantor et al. Think what you want. End of story.
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