Bill O’Reilly Can’t Stop Bashing Homeless Veterans

On tonight’s edition of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly resumed his repulsive assault on homeless veterans. This would be a despicable act under almost any circumstances, but O’Reilly engages in his slander in an attempt to defend his own tattered ego.

The trigger for his onslaught was the delivery of a petition signed by 17,000 people who believe that O’Reilly should apologize for his misstatements and disrespect for homeless veterans. The signatures were gathered by producer Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films. In the plaza in front of the News Corp. headquarters, the group was met by O’Reilly’s producer, Stuttering Jesse Watters. They were not allowed into the building to deliver the petitions.

On his program tonight, O’Reilly led off by mocking Greenwald for a film he made 30 years ago. Admittedly Xanadu was not a box office bonanza at the time of its release, but it has since become something of a cult classic and it didn’t lose money either, earning $22 million and ranking #28 amongst all films released in 1980. That put it between Raging Bull and American Gigolo. Its soundtrack, however, was a bona fide hit reaching #4 on the album charts and spawning 5 top 20 singles. A stage adaptation is presently in its 7th hit month on Broadway where it broke opening day records for the Helen Hayes Theater. Consequently, O’Reilly’s snide sarcasm about Greenwald not being able to find a job is really just another example of his own mean-spirited and dishonest boorishness. And that’s aside from the fact that it is entirely irrelevant to the sad and serious matter at hand.

O’Reilly goes off on another tangent to criticize Steve Capus, President of NBC News, because his office couldn’t (or wouldn’t) respond to a query as to why NBC sent a crew to cover the event. O’Reilly then advised Capus to “pay attention to his job.” However, the job of the president of a news network is not to trace the steps of hundreds of news personnel in the field. Maybe O’Reilly should ask Roger Ailes if he knows where all of his crews are at any given moment. Then O’Reilly asserts that the reason that Capus is “going after” Fox News is because “we’re kicking their butt around the block.” That is, of course, an unmitigated lie. NBC News is currently the #1 news network with the #1 nightly news program and the #1 morning news broadcast. O’Reilly may have meant to limit his hyperbole to cable news networks, but he specifically referenced only NBC, which he has maligned in the past as a failure even though the opposite is true. He never mentioned MSNBC, which is trailing Fox News in the ratings, but is growing much faster. But again, how does this help homeless veterans?

Eventually O’Reilly got around to expressing his true feelings by seeking to ridicule the participating vets because they did not watch his program and didn’t hear his offensive remarks themselves. It must not have occurred to him that homeless vets may not have televisions or cable TV subscriptions. To the contrary, he believes that they all have color TVs and DVD players and air conditioners and cars and more. He said as much on his program last month in a diatribe riddled with falsehoods and faulty analysis. So because these troubled vets were told about O’Reilly’s insensitive and false comments, rather than seeing it for themselves on their nonexistent sofas in their nonexistent homes, O’Reilly now claims to feel sorry for them. Not because they are living on the streets of a country that seems to have forgotten them, but because he thinks that they are being exploited by the people who are, in fact, trying to help them.

O’Reilly has stated several times now that he would provide help for any homeless vet if only he knew where one was. He has since had numerous responses, including one from Keith Olbermann that included a precise location in New Orleans where more than 200 suffering souls could be found. I wouldn’t put much faith in O’Reilly’s empty promises, though. I hope they’re not waiting for him to show up with blankets and sandwiches and vouchers for shelter. I would rather rely on the incompetence of FEMA than the sanctimony of Bill O’Reilly.


10 thoughts on “Bill O’Reilly Can’t Stop Bashing Homeless Veterans

  1. OReilly is the perfect example of why the right wing conservatives are bad for this country.

    • OReilly is also the perfect example of why narcissistic megalomaniacs are bad for this country. 😉

  2. Bill Oreilly is the mindset of every second american who still thinks that some god somewhere gave you all this land.
    Manifested Destiny MY ASS. This is why you are at the mercy of israel and funding the monsters who never found any healing and took what they learned from the germans and turned it at the rest of the world.

    • Associating Israel with Nazi Germany is ignorant and offensive, and further comments of that nature will not be tolerated on this blog.

      • I appreciate the moral conviction that is so consistently evident in this blog. Thanks for the entertainment and the enlightenment.

  3. Come on, Mark!

    Why do you care if a poster compares Israel to Nazi Germany? Of course they are not on the save level, but both countries believe themselves to be chosen above all others and I find that somewhat offensive (but more so ridiculous) as a non-german and a non-jew.

    The Ashkenazi Jew has a few reasons to be proud; among them are a historical IQ of about 106(tied with Southeast Asians for highest analytic intelligence on the globe), and their religious traditions are full of profound wisdom long forgotten. But if they read their own traditions they’d realize that remaking themselves into the aggressor after being horrificly persecuted brings them right back into the fire. The whole Old Testament is a litany of God’s blesses and curses on the Jewish people – a written history of their tumultuous karma.

    I do agree with the above poster that the Jews never went through an authentic and necessary healing process, and because of that they are becoming quite spoiled.

    By the way,I’m anything but anti-semitic. Jews and Israelis are typically brilliant people and have an abundance of physical and soulful beauty. However, if you travel the world as I do, you’ll realize they make a bad name for themselves wherever they go because they talk and behave to others in less fortunate countries as if they are vastly inferior people. In most part of Asia, the Jews are quite disliked for their arrogance – many of those who dislike them are poor and uneducated and have no idea of their ebbing history or of the holocaust.

    This anecdotal evidence has come as quite a surprise to me, as I never wanted to believe the typical Israeli Jew to be arrogant or ego-maniacal – but MANY are. I think a lot of it has to do with the forced service of all young men and women. It creates a quite combative and, sometimes, unbearable personality amongst *some* of the people of Israel.

    It’s very hard to know where to place the blame. But it’s certainly not advised to censure a poster who is simply stating a belief. It’s his belief from his collective experience. I fully support his ability to come to his own opinion regardless of what is deemed appropriate by cultural dogma.

    Just my 2 cents.


    • I have no problem with someone who expresses a complaint or disagreement with Israel or its policies. But there are lines that ought not to be crossed. Saying that Israel is doing to the world what Hitler did is one of those lines.

      I am a media reform activist and an advocate of free press. But this is a blog, not a newspaper. While I’ll allow broad latitude for diverse opinions, the only opinion that gets unfettered access to this site is mine. Obscene and repulsive comments, as determined by me, will not be tolerated.

      • I fully understand that you want to hold a high standard for this blog, but when it comes to censuring legitimate opinions, I think that is crossing the line. However, in cyberland, where a good man chronicles a dying Fourth Estate, you are the king and I am not. So you make the rules as you wish…

        [Admin: That’s right! And this comment was edited for both objectionable content and because it was so thoroughly off-topic]

  4. Good grief. I can’t believe someone would actually waste their time keeping a website that is all about their deep and somewhat disturbingly obsessive hatred of anything that isn’t far left. P.S. I LOVE YOU JESSE!!!

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