Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News career now swims with the fishes. The conventional wisdom is that after the NY Times exposed a history of sexual harassment settlements, and two new accusers came forward, advertisers “fled” the show, forcing the hand of News Corp and the Murdochs. That conventional wisdom is only partially correct — advertisers didn’t flee, they were chased away by the same organized effort as was used against Glenn Beck once upon a time, and Rush Limbaugh in 2012. Longtime readers will recall my extensive and groundbreaking research into the StopRush operation just after Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke in 2012, for
Comments: I´m no fan of either of these men, but this is an interesting analysis.
In the 90´s when I first started listening to Rush he was advertising Snapple. He made it sound like the greatest drink in the world, so I bought some. It was ok, but not great. Then he stopped advertising them and nary a word about the greatest drink on earth after that. They stopped paying him to like it, so he no longer did. I learned my lesson. I don´t believe celebrity spokesmen about anything, even if I like them. That goes for O´Reilly too. Or Levin or anyone else. Just because an ad is on their show does not mean I am going to buy their junk or trust them.
BOR never ´got´ the Libertarian notion of conservatism. He was and is a judgmental, fussbudget, nanny who cannot abide those who think and live differently than he. True conservatives grant others the right to live any way they choose. True conservatives are the real ´Liberals´. Liberty is perilous and for adults only. Children need parenting and the ´State´ is more than happy to oblige. All it costs is everything.
#5 hits on a point the author overlooks. Conservatives may like some of Bill O´Reilly´s show, but they do not particularly like Bill O´Reilly. Conservatives generally like Rush Limbaugh, even if they do not listen to his show.
Being the know-it-all mastermind that he is, O´Reilly´s personality fits perfectly with someone that may be a sexual predator. He says to his desired paramour, "give me what I want because I know what´s best" - typical O´Reilly discourse. Now this big gas bag can go whistle dixie. I never liked him or his quasi-conservative ideas or his so called journalistic style. And as much as I am NOT a fan of Pope Francis (though I still like and respect the him), I´m glad that he did not grant O"Reilly a personal audience.
It´s very fashionable for squishy centrists to tell everyone how much they dislike Rush Limbaugh. But it always turns out that those who arrogantly dismiss him never listened to him in the first place. You go ahead, but I´ll tell you you don´t know what you are talking about because I have been a listener since the 80´s and Rush is right -always has been.
Looks like Reply #4 will not be buying any gold or silver, which is heavily touted on most programs. Most of these hosts are total sell- outs to whatever will line their coffers. Some of the advertisements are simply unfathomable, especially when the hosts themselves tout the products. Is there ANYTHING they don´t use or purchase ? Not if they are paid to say so.
O´Reilly is a centrist. Rush is a Conservative. Real Conservatives stick by their Conservative allies. Centrists simply do what they think is best for themselves and the heck with everyone else. O´Reilly often said he is against the death penalty and all for hard labor in prison. Typical centrist since he knew there was no such thing as hard labor in prison but it sounded so compassionate. O´Reilly is nothing more than a younger Larry King.
Eric C. Conn, the convicted ringleader of the biggest Social Security disability fraud in history, was supposed to be sentenced Friday. Instead, he’s on the run, and the two whistleblowers who helped expose his scam say they fear for their safety. Conn cut his ankle bracelet in early June and has evaded the FBI ever since, including seemingly taunting agents in repeated missives to newspapers and TV stations in Kentucky and West Virginia, as well as The Washington Times. A man purporting to be Conn said in the messages that he’s escaped the country, leaving behind a legal mess, hundreds of people
265 + 742 + 765 + 953 + 7,474 = 0. This fuzzy math sums up Democrats’ orthodoxy on vote fraud: As the bulletproof evidence of fraud adds up, they still claim, “There’s nothing to see here.” Not even these hard numbers, based on verified vote-fraud cases, move their acceptance of this reality into the realm of positive integers. This pathological denial is even more intense, now that President Trump has taken vote fraud seriously enough to appoint a bipartisan panel to get to the bottom of it. While the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is chaired by Republicans Vice President
There’s no way this isn’t a shot at Hillary, right? A communicator as savvy as Bill can’t be oblivious to the fact that he’s stating the single most widely shared criticism of his wife’s candidacy here, that it had no message beyond “Trump is unfit” and “It’s her turn.” In fact, early on Team Hillary reportedly considered “It’s her turn” as a rallying cry for the campaign because “The candidate herself could not articulate vision for why she wanted to be president in calls and internal meetings with her staff.” Imagine that. At a moment when the country was retching
Republicans are not in the position to lose votes if they hope to repeal ObamaCare, so pressure is being placed on senators like Sen. Dean Heller, R- Nev., to declare allegiance on the newly crafted bill. If Heller supports the bill, he would likely be parting ways with Nevada´s popular GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval in a state that did not support President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But if he opposes the bill, conservative groups will likely come after them like they did earlier this year after he opposed the GOP´s initial health care bill. And Democrats plan to target
It’s been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly — yet again — Reince Priebus might get fired. Surely, no high-level government official in American history has been on the verge of ouster so early and so often. Being the subject of shake-up rumors is practically Reince Priebus job description. If he’d been fired every time the possibility had been raised in the press, he’d be the Billy Martin — the legendary oft-fired and re-hired Yankees manager — of the Trump administration. Priebus isn’t the only one. You don’t truly qualify as part of the Trump team unless the president
Former Vice President Al Gore compared the fight to end man-made global warming to the abolishment of slavery and the push for gay marriage. “The abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage … and more recently the gay rights movement,” Gore said Thursday about the importance of staying ahead of the curve on environmental issues. The mission to reduce the Earth’s temperature is on par with other “great moral causes” that have improved humanity, he told an audience at the EcoCity World Summit in Australia. Gore has made similar comments in the past. He told reporters in 2013 that so-called climate change “deniers” are like
I have a confession to make: I’m a hater lurking at a convention of haters. Our thoughtcrimes are clear and inexcusable. I’m at a meeting of Christians who believe the Bible is true, who believe that mankind is fallen and in need of a Savior, and who believe that we should live according to certain moral rules — including rules that govern sexual conduct. We believe that we should have the basic liberty to live according to that faith, and we also believe that other human beings should be able to live according to the different dictates of their consciences,
Sometimes when you’re working late defending the president of the United States in a federal investigation into whether he colluded with the Kremlin, you need to take a break to threaten a total stranger who wrote you a snotty but polite email. With any other public servant, this would be cause for immediate firing. With Trump, it probably puts Kasowitz next in line to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. The man, a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified, read ProPublica’s story this week on Kasowitz and sent the lawyer an
Three Palestinians opened fire on Israelis Friday near an important Jerusalem holy site-- known to Jews as Temple Mount-- wounding two seriously before the attackers were killed in a gunfight, Israeli police said. The attack occurred near a gate of Jerusalem´s Old City and the shooters then fled toward a mosque at the nearby holy site, Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman said. Police gave chase and they were shot dead at the compound. The attackers were armed with 2 Carl Gustav machine guns and a pistol. The city is on lockdown. Cellphone video showed several police officers giving chase to
Every 90 days, the State Department must certify whether Iran is complying with the nuclear deal that former President Barack Obama struck with the Tehran tyranny in 2015. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is approaching one of these 90-day deadlines. Instead of rubber-stamping re-certification, as his predecessor John Kerry did regardless of Iran´s behavior, Tillerson should finally do something the U.S. government hasn´t been doing for years. He should tell the truth about Iran´s flagrant noncompliance with the deal, thus opening the way for Congress to impose sanctions against the rogue regime. This is what four Republican senators — Tom Cotton, R-Ark.,
Imagine it is D-Day, June 6, 1944, and you are a young private. You are hitting Utah Beach in the very first wave, into the teeth of the German army, against a rainfall of enemy gunfire, artillery shrapnel and gore. You are filled with fear. And there on the beach in front of you, stands an old man. An American brigadier general—bull frog-voiced, pop-eyed, 5-foot-8 inches tall, and directing traffic with his cane. Calm as a man can be in combat, he is Ted Roosevelt Jr., the son of the famous president and the only general on the beach. At
A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday. The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times. Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said. The area around the courthouse is
The Humiliation Of Jeff Sessions- There is something more than a little jarring in the ongoing humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In an ill-timed, ill-focused interview with the NYT, President Trump revisited his disdain for Sessions, his first, most-ardent and most-loyal supporter in the Senate. When supporting Trump was still considered career suicide, Sessions donned the red cap anyway. Maybe it will prove fatal for Sessions’ career, after all. The president has not made a secret of the fact that he blames Sessions for the scandal that now engulfs the Trump administration, claiming in
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.” In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and
The Minnesota cop who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be opened fire on her after being startled by a “loud sound” near his patrol car, investigators say. Officer Mohamed Noor, 31, began blasting at 40-year-old Justine Damond, of Minneapolis, just moments after he and his partner, Matthew Harrity, heard the noise in the alley behind her house, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The agency provided an update Tuesday on their investigation into the Saturday night shooting. Officers Noor and Harrity had been called to Damond’s home after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening
WASHINGTON— California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, a favorite among liberal progressives, told The Daily Caller Thursday that this weekend’s scheduled appearance in New Hampshire has nothing to do with potentially running for president in 2020. But she said that she would run for president if millenials want her to. “I’m just going up to do a county Democratic thing. That’s all,” she said. When TheDC pressed further, Waters, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, said laughing, “I’m not running for anything but my own seat. I don’t have any presidential aspirations. If the millennials want me to do it,
The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe. The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, making the boundaries fuzzy so Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be taking a wide-angle approach to his two-month-old probe. FBI investigators and others are looking at Russian purchases of apartments
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said Wednesday. The tumor was discovered after the senior Arizona senator underwent a minor procedure last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. "Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot," the hospital said in a statement. “The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation."
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Health Reform: There were lots of celebrations on the left side of the aisle after the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare died. The good times will be short lived, because one way or another ObamaCare is going away, and it´s not at all clear that Democrats will gain additional leverage over what comes next by waiting for its collapse. It was amusing to hear Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say, after the Senate bill failed, that Republicans should "work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our health care
Target Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell is sounding alarm bells over the state of Hispanic shoppers in the U.S. -- a key growth demographic for many retailers and consumer brands. “The Hispanic consumer in the U.S. is shopping much less,” Cornell said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech event Tuesday in Aspen, Colorado. “They are staying home. They are going out less often.” Cornell didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but he talked about a shift in behavior this year and mentioned “border towns” -- where retailers for years have depended on shoppers from northern Mexico for higher revenue.
Arizona Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The 80-year-old veteran politician was given the diagnosis last week after he had a blood clot removed. In a statement late Wednesday, doctors reveal that McCain has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer. The statement says the 80-year-old senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. The senator has been recovering at his Arizona home after doctors at the Mayo Clinic removed a blood clot above his left eye. The former presidential candidate, who has represented Arizona since 1987, went for his annual checkup, complaining of fatigue
Bill Nye “the Science Guy” said Wednesday that significant action on climate change will be possible once the climate skeptics and deniers of older generations die off. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the 61-year-old TV host was asked to comment on a recent Pew survey that revealed 58 percent of Republicans and right-leaning Independents believe higher education has a negative effect on the country, a number that spiked significantly during President Trump’s rise to power. Mr. Nye said people are just scared of the truth. “It just sounds like people are afraid,” he said. “And the people who are
If Sen. John McCain were to leave the Senate before his term ends in 2022, the governor would decide who fills the vacancy. McCain, who revealed Wednesday that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor, made no indication he intends to step away. "Further consultations with Senator McCain´s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate,” his office said in a statement. But were circumstances to require that McCain be replaced, that person would have to be a Republican, as McCain is, and would serve until the next general election, which happens every two years