From the Office of Things I'd Love To See
From the office of Rep. Alan Grayson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Recently, it was suggested by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that I was unwilling to be on his opinion program. Mr. O'Reilly went so far as to send the network's Teabagger cheerleader, Griff Jenkins to ambush me outside my office, but I was too busy to speak with him at that moment.
Primarily, Mr. Jenkins wanted to speak with me about an off-hand comment I made and for which I apologized. I shouldn't have referred to a lobbyist as a "K Street Whore" for a couple of reasons: A) It's insensitive and B) the lobbyist isn't selling, she's buying. It's the Republican Party that is acting like a party of whores by selling off their honor and even the lives of their constituents by opposing health care in order to please their insurance lobbyist customers.
I would note, however, that it seems unlikely Mr. O'Reilly truly cares about what he calls "irresponsible" language. Just ask Andrea Mackris.
On the other hand, I would be glad to meet with Mr. O'Reilly or one of his reporters, with a few stipulations:
- Knowing Fox News' penchant for deceptively editing statements by Democrats, Mr. O'Reilly will agree to air the entire, unedited interview.
- In order to ensure this promise is kept, a member of Representative Grayson's staff will be allowed to videotape the interview as it is conducted and the Congressman reserves the right to publish that video on YouTube should Mr. O'Reilly edit the video or refuse to air it.
- The interview will take place in Representative Grayson's Congressional office.
I'm looking forward to the interview!