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.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis visited Capitol Hill last week and gave Congress an important message. He told lawmakers that President Trump had authorized him to decide how many American military personnel should be deployed in Afghanistan. This is good news if there is to be anything like a sustainable peace there. For too long, the military has been unable to send more personnel than the amounts decided arbitrarily by President Obama, who was obsessed with building a legacy as a peacemaker rather than with doing what would have been effective. This forced the Pentagon to keep a low troop presence in
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If you ask a social justice jihadi, everyone besides straight white males is oppressed, period. But Leftist groups that don´t fit one of those descriptors are lately engaged in a battle for oppression supremacy, which PhD sociologists with no other marketable skills refer to as "intersectionality." For those of us who prefer fact- and evidence-based reasoning, it´s hysterical to watch these Oppression Olympics take place -- such as when Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto gay pride parade to air their grievances: On Sunday, Black Lives Matter activists pulled off the sort of victory that right-wing hooligans could only hope to achieve:
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