Tuesday, January 06, 2004

O'Reilly's Back 

After a well-earned holiday break, Bill O'Reilly is back, and we couldn't be happier here at Goldberg and Guthrie. See his latest talkingpointsmemo here.

Mr. O'Reilly is too often marginalized by the left - a point I sort of agree with here. He is not insignificant, millions and millions of Americans watch his show every night - and they believe him. He is a bestselling author (although he may not have had the #1 non-fiction book last year).

Another thing the casual follower of American politics and debate may not realize - a constant theme of O'Reilly's commentary is that he wants to elevate the debate. He believes (and I have no reason to doubt his sincerity) that the methods he employs on his show are conducive to healthy discussion of the issues, and that the defamers and smear merchants (Al Franken, for example) are poisoning the discourse in this country to the point where democracy itself is threatened.

Which brings me to his current commentary...

Comparing liberal columnists - or any columnist - to jihadists at this point in our history - when the wounds of what real jihadists have done to our country are still so fresh - is despicable rhetoric. Thousands of our citizens were brutally murdered in the name of jihad, to compare this to the actions of a newspaper columnist, even an irresponsible one, is absurd.. Mr. O'Reilly should apologize as soon as possible for this comparison.
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