Thursday, August 28, 2003

O'Reilly admits he filed frivolous lawsuit

Roger Ailes points out that Bill O'Reilly's most recent bout with logorrhea, during which he admitted that he and Fox didn't have a case, leaves him open for all kinds of legal action. Kudos to Rog. I read the article and missed that entirely. Franken probably has too much class to file a countersuit along these lines, but some of these sanctions can be initiated by the judge who caught the case, too. Considering the spanking he gave them in court, Judge Denny Chin might do just that when he wakes up and sees that O'Reilly admits he was wasting the court's time.

And, lest we forget, let's recall a choice moment that O'Reilly should have remembered, because it happened on his show. He was talking with Fox's legal mouth, former judge Andrew Napolitano about Gary Condit's lawsuit against Dominick Dunne for slander when this exchange occurred:

O'REILLY: Now Condit's got to know this. Condit -- he's got to know this. I know this. I'm not a lawyer. You just said it. Doesn't he know that he's going to be dragged through -- and every reporter's going to get a copy of that deposition?

NAPOLITANO: You know, I -- I don't know why his lawyers didn't advise him that you are digging yourself a much deeper hole than Dominick Dunne could ever have done for you. He's...

O'REILLY: People don't even remember that.

NAPOLITANO: Correct, correct. That's another problem in cases like this.

O'REILLY: Yes, they don't even remember Dominick Dunne.

NAPOLITANO: Right. You regenerate the bad publicity against you about which you're complaining. (O'Reilly Factor. December 12, 2002)

Also, when barbers sued Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for criticizing the movie Barbershop, O'Reilly said:

A group representing 50,000 barbers across the country has filed a lawsuit against them for criticizing the movie "Barbershop." This is dopey, ridiculous, and un-American. Jackson and Sharpton have the freedom to criticize anything they want, and foolish lawsuits like that one should not be allowed. (October 31, 2002)

Apparently, even O'Reilly doesn't take what O'Reilly says seriously.


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