Wednesday, March 10, 2004

O'Reilly Meet Blair 

I also saw part of Bill O'Reilly's interview with Jason Blair tonight. My immediate response was to quote the otherwise forgettable movie State and Main: "Well... that just happened."

Andrew Sullivan describes it perfectly:

"So what does Blair do now? What would you do if you wanted the purest, darkest revenge against the newspaper that eventually rejected you? You'd go on Bill O'Reilly and you would describe the New York Times as a den of leftist, ideological conformity in which any dissent from left-liberalism is tantamount to career suicide. You'd confirm the most paranoid critic's view that the NYT is as objective as a MoveOn ad. Watching the spectacle last night had my jaw drop close to the floor."

What isn't captured by this is the unbelievable hilarity of O'Reilly - after Blair has described the Times as the liberal den of horrors that O'Reilly has long imagined - asking the tough follow-ups. "Are you telling me truth here?... You're not just saying what I want to hear are you?... Are you telling me the truth here, Blair?" Yes, no man who routinely filed completely false stories with the most important newspaper in the world could possibly keep lying in the face of this awesome interrogation.

(In the interest of full disclosure: I didn't watch the whole interview because it was making me sick and I didn't quote the part of Andrew Sullivan's post where he indicates that Blair might be right about some of the things he said about the Times: go read it for yourself if so inclined)
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