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The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly Paperback – September 2, 2003
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Bill O'Reilly depresses me, partly because who he is-a loutish, aggressive, rude, combative, uninformed bully-but partly about what he says about contemporary American politics. Several former high level Republican leaders-a former speaker of the house and a former senate majority leader(Bob Michel and Bob Dole)-have stated and lamented that a new aggressive, take-no-prisoners style began to emerge with the 1984 Congressional class, led by raucous, unpleasant individuals typified by Newt Gingrich. With Lee Atwater's leading the GOP, the Republicans took on a new hyper-aggressive, win-at-all-costs approach to politics. And with the emergence of pundits like Rush Limbaugh and billionaires like Richard Mellon Scaife funding hordes of ultra Right Wing organizations and projects, any semblance of gentility disappeared, with Right Wingers accusing Democrats of every conceivable crime, knowingly manufacturing untruths (such as multiple accusations against Dukakis in 1988), and then-during the Clinton years-unleashing an unrelenting deluge of absurd charges and innuendos.Read more ›
Reading some of his columns, and checking out his website, though, made me feel different. The articles I read supported a heavy conservative point of view, and his whole site seemed to have but one purpose: "Make me rich!". Member-secluded areas (access can be gained by whipping out the credit card), merchandise with his 'logo' on it, banners, etc. His
very articles seemed like nothing more than bantering from someone who is plainly biased, and afraid to admit it.
While I am NOT someone to dismiss another point of view upfront, the turning point for me came after watching O'Reilly rip into a kid whose dad got killed at 9/11. When the kid tried (VERY Reasonably) arguing with O'Reilly, the latter responded by "SHUT UP!" eventually followed by "CUT HIS MIKE!". (Which apparantly is a favourite tactic of him).
After reading the summary to this book, I decided to buy it, just to see what the big scoop was really all about.
I was expecting the author to clearly show the times O'Reilly contradicted himself, did a 180 on certain points of view, etc. Unfortunatly, that's not exactly the case. Rather, the author starts off by what is (in my opinion) a nitpicking sort of way to address shortcomings in O'Reilly's articles.
While this makes an interesting read, that was not exactly what I was hoping for. I was hoping for the "Bias, contradiction" stuff that was promised.
Thankfully, the chapter labeled "O'Reilly Vs. O'Reilly" does just that.Read more ›
You won't come away from this book believing you are supposed to now hate Bill O'Reilly (which, by comparison, seems to be a theme in Franken's) but you'll likely become a more discerning viewer, taking broad statements and statistics with a greater degree of skepticism. The facts are there. To quote Fox, "YOU decide." You can't get any more 'fair and balanced' than that!
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!Read more ›
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I am a writer, but you don't need to be a writer to know that most of the one-star reviews were written in the same voice I. E. The same writer.Published 21 months ago by klestekoff
Peter Hart is the activism director for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
This 2003 book begins with an overview of Bill O'Reilly's style (e.g. Read more
I've seen numerous excerpts from this book and was actually surprised at the spin throughout. Can even see that spin in the above product description for this book. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Fred Anonymous Smith
-Good expose about one of the most appalling and insidious creatures in the mass-moron media today and the twisted, right-wing masquerading as centrist network he lies for. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by Dianne McCarthy
Since The Factor (and Fox News) has dominated the cable news ratings (even if you combine CNN, MSN, etc. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Mike G
This is a terrific book. O'Reilly is a prominent "journalist" whose views are taken seriously by millions of people. Hart shows--repetitively--that O'Reilly is extremely dishonest. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by J. Davis
One thing that Bill O'Reilly always tells his viewer is to read the left, right and in between stuff...so I try to that, but books like this give me a stomach ache. Read morePublished on October 2, 2007 by Jeanine Gibbs