Bill O'Reilly: Hiding under his desk
O'Reilly, by his own definition is a coward. Here's a sampling of O'Reilly's statments to that effect.
Finally, the mail...There are more examples, but I believe the point is made.
John Wright, "The Herald Journal," Logan, Utah, "I graduated from one of the best journalism schools in the country, the University of Florida. You, Bill, are not a journalist. You spew propaganda.
"For example, you said the journalism professors from Rutgers and Lehigh were cowards because they would not come on THE FACTOR. That's not true. Maybe they simply didn't want to appear."
Well, I'm sorry, Mr. Wright. If you attack someone publicly, as these men did to me, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward. Wise up, sir.
-January 5, 2004
George Clooney's new movie, "Good Night and Good Luck," which is very good, by the way, chronicles the struggle between journalists Edward R. Murrow and communist hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy in the '50s.
Writing in the New York Daily News, critic Jack Matthews opined, "Bill O'Reilly might have made a perfect McCarthy. He looks like him and could play him with conviction."
…So will the real Joe McCarthy please stand up? Sorry, I know it's hard for Matthews to do that, hiding under his desk. We asked him to be on the program.
-September 26, 2005
Well, this is rich, pardon the pun, because Frank-baby has dodged any and all interviews that would challenge his hateful point-of- view. Remember, Rich is the guy who assassinated Mel Gibson's character, and Gibson isn't the only one.
So, here's a personal note from me to you, Frank: At least your far-left colleague, Paul Krugman, had the guts to face me. You are a cowardly smear merchant who uses a newspaper column to promote defamation under the guise of opinion. You are intelligently dishonest and absurdly vicious. And here's an example of the dishonesty:
In the same girlie man column, Rich writes, quote: "Fox has given priceless nonstop hype to (Swift Boat) commercials that otherwise would not have been seen only in seven small to medium markets."
…John Kerry and George W. Bush are both patriots, they don't deserve to be smeared or called despicable names by anyone. Let them slug it out over the issues and let the real cowards, like Frank Rich, be shunned. And that's a memo.
-September 7, 2004
All right, again, that's an hour interview on CNBC, and you might want to watch that. In addition to The New York Times, the Daytona Beach News Journal calls the Fox News Channel "closer to propaganda or parody than news." We called them up. These people are hiding.
A columnist in the Courier Journal of Louisville, Kentucky accuses me of being unfair to France of all places. A writer in the Dallas Morning News, Chris Wagner, outright lies about my interview with the son of a 9/11 victim. And the Miami Herald printed a column by Edward Wasserman, a professor of journalism, that is blatantly dishonest.
None of the above people would defend their work on this program. We have called, and called, and called. However, joining us now from Los Angeles is Alex Ben Block, the editor of Television Week, who has written a column saying that Fox ignores some of the writers who are critical of it.
All right, now, look, you can understand that this network, under fire almost on a daily basis from the liberal media, primarily, which, for whatever reason, doesn't like us -- and it's more than ideological, I think, but it could be just that -- you can understand why our publicists here and our people here really don't want to give them very much, can't you?
…But we want to persuade people, all people, that we are a fair operation here, that we -- you know, you just heard the guy Krugman saying, "Oh, they get memos," you know. What he's doing is he's taking this from a smear movie that, cut and paste, all this kind of propaganda. Sure, Fox News issues a morning briefing -- every network does, all right.
This isn't unusual, but he takes it in the way the smear merchants want him to take it because he's a puppet. Now, if Krugman wants to come on THE FACTOR and debate, I'll take him all day long. If Krugman wants to roam around the building, I'm not letting him in, because we're not going to get a fair shake from him. And that's, I think, the point here.
…I mean, my point of view is decidedly different than Greta Van Susteren, coming up an hour after I get off, and it's decidedly different than Brit Hume. And so, what is presented by some journalists is that this is a propaganda parody, and that Daytona paper is -- disgraceful editorial. And when you ask them to come on and defend it, they won't. They're cowards.
So when the Daytona paper calls me and wants to follow me around for two days, I'm going to say no. I'm not going to let them in the building, and you objected to that, and I didn't understand why you did.
-August 5, 2004
The propaganda is now a high stakes show. John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Clinton, has actually formed a corporation that shapes and distributes propaganda. Incredible. Speaking to go a group of liberal activists, Podesta was asked what can be done about news outlets that tell lies. Podesta answered, it's time to sue Bill O'Reilly.
Well, that's just cheap. Have I told any lies, sir? Why don't you come right on this program and produce some proof of that? And if you don't, you're a coward and a sleazy propagandist who deserves to be scorned.
-June 4, 2004
Now "The New York Times" is attacking Fox News by legitimizing rank propaganda. Today film reviewer A.O. Scott, who loved the Moore movie, gleefully attacked FNC using the distorted work of an ultra liberal filmmaker. By the way, that guy's so-called movie was called anything but fair and balanced by "The Chicago Trib."
...Of course A.O. Scott is hiding under his desk. We called him tonight. Come on the program. Oh, no. Can't do that. He's a coward as well as a propagandist.
So enough's enough. And I am issuing this challenge directly to "The New York Times." I will debate any "Times" editor or columnist on the Charlie Rose PBS program. I talked with Mr. Rose this morning. He's happy to moderate such an event. So I'm calling these sleazy guys out. We'll let you know what happens. Do you think they'll show up? Yes, sure. And that's the memo.
-July 20, 2004
Elites don't debate, they attack and marginalize. We invited Frank Rich on this program tonight because he declines. He's hiding under his desk. Rich typifies how the elites operate. I'd be pleased to debate this man on the merits of his arguments, but that would be beneath him.
In reality, he's a coward. In his mind, he's enlightened.
-March 8, 2004
O'REILLY: But, Professor Navasky, what you're missing is -- you're missing that (Jack Lule, chairman of the journalism department at Lehigh University) and (Rutgers University journalism professor Steven) Miller and all of these other cowards who make these erroneous statements and won't back them up by coming in here and talking about them are basically telling their students in big schools -- Rutgers is a big school, all right -- that the Fox News Channel is not worthy, it's not journalism, it's garbage and ignore it. And that, sir, is dishonest and doesn't serve the student well.
VICTOR NAVASKY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM PROFESSOR: OK. First of all, I don't know that you know that they're cowards, and secondly...
O'REILLY: Yes, we know. We gave them...
NAVASKY: And secondly...
O'REILLY: We gave them any time they could appear.
-December 19, 2003
Well what makes -- say you're right and the NASA chiefs, I mean this Dan Golden was a coward. We tried to get him on. He hid under his desk. And you know, everybody's laying it on him.
-August 26, 2003
In the "Personal Story" Segment tonight, the district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, is a man named Charles Hynes. He has held that position since 1989.
Recently, he charged 27-year-old Ronald Dixon with possessing an illegal weapon after Dixon shot a career burglar who broke into his home, was menacing his children. We thought that was outrageous.
But not as outrageous as what Mr. Hynes did next. He allowed his prosecutors to cut a deal with 28-year-old Tarajee Davis who scalded her 4- year-old daughter to death last year.
…And he's a coward. He's a coward because we gave him months. This story was on the board before the war, Niger. All right. We bumped it because of the war. We gave Hynes months to come up with his side of the story, explain it to us, tell us what happened, why he did it, and, you know, he gave us the finger. That's what he did.
-April 24, 2003
O'REILLY: Yesterday, the largest newspaper in Connecticut, The Hartford Courant editorialized this way. "Along with punishment, predators need treatment.One-size-fits-all legislation unfairly stigmatizes offenders without protecting children."
The guy who wrote it, Bill Williams, declined to appear with us this evening, but joining us from Hartford is Rich Hanley, who teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University. And from Boston, attorney and child advocate Wendy Murphy.
…There's no other paper that competes with it in circulation. And Connecticut is a small state. So it basically sends a message to the legislators don't do this, don't put in Jessica's Law, we don't like it and on and on.
But I don't know if that's going to fly in Connecticut, I really don't. I think the paper is making a big mistake. And obviously, they're running. They won't put anybody up to defend this editorial. Were you surprised about that, professor?
HANLEY: The Courant is a fine newspaper with some great reporters. I was really, really stunned to hear that no one from their editorial page would come and defend the editorial that they wrote.
O'REILLY: No, they won't. And the publisher, Jack Davis, he's running. He's hiding under his desk, too. You know, look...
HANLEY: There is an obligation, I think, to defend a position.
O'REILLY: There is.
-September 13, 2005
So Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and you would assume President Clinton, knew that Usama bin Laden was on the attack, yet the USA allowed him to operate in Afghanistan without sanction.
Now we contacted Warren Christopher and he refused to comment. I believe Congress should compel the man to speak by issuing him a subpoena.
At this point, it looks like Christopher was derelict in his duty. And he is a coward if he does not explain the situation.
-August 17, 2005
In the "Factor Follow-up" segment tonight, add Kentucky to the growing list of states that are trying to pass Jessica's Law, which would impose tough minimum prison terms against adults who sexually abuse children.
…(New Hampshire) Governor John Lynch says he's committed to a tough new law, but the state's largest newspaper, the Union Leader, is now convinced Jessica's Law is the right way to go -- is not the way to go, I should say, editorializing, quote, "What is right for Florida might not be right for New Hampshire, and that goes for laws as well as coral-colored homes and flip-flops in November."
It goes on to point out that it costs a lot to do background checks and the like. The publisher of the "Union Leader, Joseph McQuaid and editorial writer Drew Cline declined to come on "The Factor" this evening…
And now we've got the Manchester paper who says they're not -- again, they gave us a statement but they wouldn't come on. That just drives me nuts. Not because they have to come on my show. It's because if you're going to make an editorial that says Jessica's Law may not be right for this state, then come on and defend your position. Don't be a coward.
-August 22, 2005
O'REILLY: In the "Impact" segment tonight, the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper doesn't like much our reporting on its failure to get behind the Jessica Lunsford Act, which would establish mandatory minimum sentences for child sexual predators.
…OK, my problem with your newspaper is that you're not proactive in trying to rectify a terrible situation. Did you know that your state, the granite state, a state I love, cannot even -- does not even keep statistics on children assaulted by adults? Did you know that?
JOE MCQUAID. PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER OF N.H. UNION LEADER: No, I was unaware of that, Mr. O'reilly.
MCQUAID: I think you're picking on the wrong newspaper and the wrong...
O'REILLY: No, I'm not. You're the largest newspaper in the state. And you're not proactive.....
MCQUAID: So what?
O'REILLY: ...in getting the kids protected. Go ahead.
MCQUAID: That's nonsense. That's nonsense. New Hampshire has what is called a truth in sentencing law specifically precisely because of The Union Leader.
This happened in the 1990's. Before that sentence was given down and people assumed that the sentence was going to be served, but it was like seven months out of a year of the sentence.
O'REILLY: Well, that's good. That's nice.
MCQUAID: Time off for good behavior.
O'REILLY: I'm not saying you're an evil newspaper.
MCQUAID: That's very nice.
…We do not go by your schedule, Mr. O'Reilly. And speaking of personal attacks, you called me and my newspaper a coward the other night.
O'REILLY: Yes, because we didn't - for not coming on.
MCQUAID: ...go by your schedule to go on your show.
O'REILLY: You didn't come on.
O'REILLY: You didn't come on.
MCQUAID: You didn't come on when it pleased you. I'm here now.
O'REILLY: No, no, wait a minute. Hold it. No, no, no, no. Mr. McQuaid, if you're going to attack me in your newspaper, which you have for the last few days...
MCQUAID: Yes, because you attacked us.
O'REILLY: ...then you have an obligation to speak face-to-face as we're doing now.
MCQUAID: We didn't attack you until you called us a coward on your program.
-August 24, 2005
We need high-caliber people in Congress, and Gary Condit fails that litmus test miserably. When approached by a Fox News reporter a few days ago, Condit snapped, "I don't talk to tabloids." Well, Gary, you don't talk to grieving parents and frustrated investigators either. What a disgrace.
Condit, of course, would never appear in a media forum where he would be taken to task. He is a true coward.
-March 5, 2002
O'REILLY: It was a dishonest column.
MICHAEL KINSLEY: Now, wait.
O'REILLY: A hit piece. And you're a coward for writing it. I'll give you...
KINSLEY: Wait a minute.
O'REILLY: ... the last word.
KINSLEY: What you said was, in your commentary, that I had been invited on your show many times, and was a coward for not showing up.
KINSLEY: Well, let me tell you, as far as I know, I have never been invited on your show before...
O'REILLY: Then you get...
KINSLEY: ... until this column appeared.
O'REILLY: ... you need a new secretary.
KINSLEY: And, and, and, your, your producer called and was told that I was out of town on vacation, which was true, and you go and call me a coward. Look, I debated Pat Buchanan for many years on "Crossfire." I do not need to be afraid of Bill O'Reilly.
-March 20, 2001
In the "Unresolved Problem" segment tonight, accepting advertisements for abortion providers but rejecting pro-life ads. That's what the New York Transportation Authority apparently is doing.
This pro-life ad was rejected by the MTA, no coherent reason for the rejection has been put forth, and the MTA big shots would not come on THE FACTOR to explain. This is especially troubling because the MTA has posted ads in subways and buses for abortion providers.
… And neither do we. We've called and gotten the runaround, as everybody else has, from the heroes at the MTA who are cowards. I'll say that right up there. They're cowardly.
-June 15, 2000
A follow-up report on the case of Marie Noe. She's the 70-year-old Philadelphia woman who confessed to killing her eight babies. She smothered them. She got parole. The deal was made with the Philadelphia DA's office. Noe would plead guilty. No jail time.
Now we contacted Lynn Abraham (ph), the DA involved, and Charles Gallagher (ph) who prosecuted the case. Both declined to be interviewed. And not in a nice way either. "No, we're not coming on." Both are cowards, in my opinion. Not just because they didn't show up, but because they have a responsibility to tell the people of the United States how this happened.
-July 9, 1999
A couple of weeks ago, after another ridiculous anti-Fox News article, actually, it was a movie review, I called the editors of "The Times" out, saying I would debate them anywhere, any time. They did not answer the call, hiding under their desks.
-August 9, 2004
Finally tonight, the mail…
Darryl Matheson, Elgin, Scotland: "Bill, if you were unhappy with Gavin Esler's interview of Jane Fonda, you can make a complaint. You shouldn't criticize the BBC without giving them a chance to respond."
Mr. Esler was invited on "The Factor," sir, as we said yesterday. He is hiding under his desk. I hope someone is bringing him food.
- July 12, 2005
"The Factor" follow-up segment tonight, as we've been reporting, the criminal justice system regarding crimes against children seems to have broken down in the state of Florida. Last night, we told you the Tampa judge Walter Buzzy Heinrich allowed convicted violent rapist David Onstott to walk out of court posting $100 cash bond after the man did not register as a sex offender.
…We will, of course, stay on this story. And we have put in lots of calls to this Judge Heinrich. He's hiding under his desk.
- April 19, 2005
(Y)ou may remember that liberal "Philadelphia Inquirer" columnist John Grogan chastised me over the Villanova controversy. We then invited Grogan on the program. He sent back this reply: "Thank you for the invite. Unfortunately, I am unable to do this tonight."
OK. We get rejections like that all the time, and our standard reply is the person is hiding under his or her desk. You've heard me say that. Well, Grogan writes today that I was lying, he was not hiding under his desk, he just had something else to do. I'm lying? Another example of a complete distortion by a writer who should know better.
By the way, we've invited Grogan on next week. Hopefully, his desk will not be an issue because that would be ridiculous.
- February 11, 2005
And finally tonight, the mail…
Ed Kraus, Berlinsville, Pennsylvania: "Bill, I was amazed to hear about the radical organizations that George Soros is funding. When are you going to invite him on THE FACTOR?" Well, we have many times, Mr. Kraus. But Soros prefers to hide under his desk and hire character assassins to do his bidding. He is the big gun behind the radical movement in America.
- July 22, 2004
O'REILLY: In the "unresolved problem" segment tonight, one of the problems in Iraq is that everybody it seems has a gun, including American civilians. You may remember four American security men were brutally killed in Fallujah. They were members of the Blackwater U.S.A. Company.
Joining us now from Boise, Idaho is Dick Couch. He knows all about Blackwater and is the author of the book, "The Finishing School." Mr. Couch is a former Navy Seal...
COUCH: Well, I think varying security contractors should be vetting their people to make sure that they have their requisite skills to do this. And it leads to bad situations if they don't have the training or they're not given the training. I mean, that's...
O'REILLY: Yes. See, I don't know what the bad situations are. And I'll tell you why. We asked the president of Blackwater to come on. He is hiding under his desk someplace. He is not coming on.
- April 19, 2004
NAACP chairman Julian Bond doesn't like Republicans very much. Here's what he said last night. "Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side....They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."
Well, general, bomb throwing like that is entertaining, but pretty much useless. We wanted to ask Mr. Bond what exactly he's talking about, but he is hiding under his desk.
- June 3, 2004
Time now for the "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." I hate to dwell on this Michael Moore business but I keep getting dragged into it. Writing in the "New York Daily News" today, left wing movie critic Jack Matthews actually compares me to the bomb-thrower.
Quote: "Moore, the sparkplug of Flint, and O'Reilly, The Factor flash are both ideological thugs who play loose with the facts while fostering hatred in an increasingly polarized country."
Well, that's a provocative statement. So we called Matthews, inviting him to explain exactly where I played loose with the facts. Somehow I guess old Jack couldn't reach the phone while hiding under his desk. He just couldn't do it. The best place to hide from thugs, of course, is under your desk. Ridiculous? Depends on your definition of a man. Real men do not criticize people behind their backs. They do it, Jack Matthews, face-to-face. OK, pal?
- June 23, 2004
O'REILLY: How many students are there that complained and objected, do you know?
SUSAN WAGLE (R), KANSAS STATE SENATOR: Well, on the Senate floor, I put out four documents from students who complained to officials at the University of Kansas, and then in addition to that, I have a number of e-mails from students who have complained about the class…
O'REILLY: All right, it was a rather -- and I might tell everybody, it was a rather quick investigation of this guy. I mean, it was, what, less than a week?
WAGLE: Yes. And, Bill, I was told they were going to appoint a committee. So, I didn't think that they would come out with...
O'REILLY: Yes, there was one guy, and this guy is -- he's hiding under his desk, David Shulenburger. Do you know this guy Shulenburger? He headed the...
WAGLE: Well, I did try to call him on the phone, and we just crossed wires. We haven't been able to talk.
O'REILLY: OK, so we can say, I think, with honesty, that this wasn't a very aggressive or probing investigation. But the university has one thing on their side, Senator. This professor is extraordinary popular with the students who take his class.
- May 14, 2003
O'REILLY: Now I've been very critical of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue for not taking aggressive action to condemn the all-white prom. Last night, the governor's spokesperson Kim King spun it this way.
Well, joining us now from Atlanta is Neal Boortz, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio program and who was critical of me today.
So, Neal, I'm against the prom, and I'm for Georgia's elected officials speaking out against it -- leadership -- and you're on... You're on my case? What's that all about?
BOORTZ: No, you're not. You're not for Georgia letting -- you want Sonny Perdue to be on your timetable. I want to apologize to you for the people of Georgia because our governor did not make himself available to you whenever you deem that to be necessary.
O'REILLY: Oh, stop it. He had five days to make a comment. He could have talked to the Associated Press.
O'REILLY: He could have talked to you. He talks to nobody. He's hiding under his desk.
BOORTZ: It's a private party.
O'REILLY: He's hiding under his desk.
- May 7, 2003
Tomorrow the Kansas legislature will vote again on whether to withhold funds from the University of Kansas for allowing a tenured professor to go wild in the classroom. Dr. Dennis Dailey is accused of using porn movies, graphic slides of naked children, crude language, and sexually insulting remarks to his students to teach his class in human sexuality.
…The School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas gets $3 million every year of taxpayer money, and the legislature may cut that off. However, Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed the last attempt to rein Dailey in and may do the same thing this time.
The governor has refused THE FACTOR's request for a statement but has said in the past, she believes Dailey's activities are covered by academic freedom.
The chancellor of the university, Robert Hemingway, is hiding under his desk and has been for quite some time.
- April 30, 2003
And finally tonight, the mail…
Matt Costello, Toronto, Ohio: "O'Reilly, you say you don't personally attack people, but I've heard you call some folks cowards." Legitimate point, Mr. Costello. In some cases, I must describe people for whom they are, and sometimes, that's harsh.
-July 28, 2004