May 30, 2005
Re "Perhaps O'Reilly Is Wrong," editorial, May 24: It is demeaning for you to respond to Bill O'Reilly. And a waste of time. Do you think he will broadcast a retraction? He gets his ratings from keeping the arguments rolling -- or roiling. His program, like other "conflict-based" shout-matches, is a sorry imitation of the prototype, "The Jerry Springer Show." If those who disagree with O'Reilly would not show up to debate him, his show would wither. O'Reilly needs an antagonist to make it work.
December 6, 2008 |
Popular cable TV host Bill O'Reilly will step down as the host of his syndicated talk radio show early next year, saying he can "no longer give both TV and radio the time they deserve." "The Radio Factor" -- which began in 2002 and runs on more than 400 radio stations, as well as satellite operator Sirius XM Radio Inc. -- will end in the first quarter of 2009, Fox News Channel said. Locally, the show airs weekdays 9-11 a.m. on KABC-AM (790). O'Reilly will continue hosting "The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox News Channel and writing his weekly newspaper column.
October 19, 2004
With all the bad news in the newspaper -- more people killed in Iraq, record deficits, rising healthcare costs -- I finally read something that cheered me up. Bill O'Reilly is being sued for sexual harassment (Oct. 14). What sweet irony! One of the attack dogs in the Lewinsky-Clinton affair caught with his pants down. I suppose that I could wait to pass judgment until I heard all the facts, but why not just follow O'Reilly's own example and pass judgment based on what side of the political spectrum the accused is on?
October 14, 2004 |
An associate producer for Fox News on Wednesday sued her employer and her boss, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly, for sexual harassment, alleging that O'Reilly initiated phone sex and regularly used lewd language with her at work and in dinner conversations. In a countersuit, O'Reilly and Fox News sued the woman, Andrea Mackris, and her lawyer, alleging they were engaged in an "extortion scheme" seeking "$60 million in hush money" to keep them from filing the sexual harassment suit.
April 16, 2005
Your piece on Nancy Grace was right on the mark ["She Rants, They Rave," by Ned Martel, April 11]. News is not arguing with guests and viewers, and if she wants to use these legal skills, why doesn't she work for Bill O'Reilly on Fox? Anita C. Singer Laguna Woods Nancy Grace-less, a vigilante? Hardly. She appears to me a self-promoter whose outrageous comments are low-minded, reveal her disdain for the law and undermine the credibility of the networks on which she appears.
January 10, 2007 |
Call it life imitating art -- imitating life. Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, who patterned much of his on-air alter ego on outspoken cable pundits such as Bill O'Reilly, is going to come face to face with his muse next week when he and O'Reilly visit each other's shows. On Jan. 18, Colbert is set to appear on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." Later that night, O'Reilly will be a guest on "The Colbert Report."
May 7, 2008
Re "Focus remains on Rev. Wright," May 1 Until the day of California's primary election in February, my support went to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I changed my vote to Sen. Barack Obama, mainly because I didn't like the direction Clinton's campaign was headed or how she was presenting herself. Knowing that she appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" and what she said in that interview, two thoughts come to mind. First, why would she ever validate Bill O'Reilly by appearing on his show?
April 1, 2006
TIM RUTTEN'S review of Tom Wicker's new biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy ["McCarthy's Very American Career," March 29] was excellent until the overly optimistic last sentence: "We're less likely to share [the paranoid political style] today, as we've all learned a great deal more about the paranoids' continuing capacity to make all of us suffer for their delusions." McCarthy's paranoid style lives on today in Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and the other heroes of talk radio, especially in their ceaseless invention of horrible threats to their listeners' values (like O'Reilly's trumped-up "war on Christmas")
October 30, 2004
While I agree with Tim Rutten that both Bill O'Reilly and William Bennett are "a melancholy -- even pitiable -- pair," I must disagree that it's "hard to gloat over [their] problems" ["Preaching Virtues From Glass Houses," Oct. 23]. The problem with O'Reilly, Bennett, et al., is not just that they set themselves up as the moral police, but their insistence that anyone who disagrees with them is not different, but wrong. Even worse is their insulting and, frankly, stupid suggestion that personal morality and virtue go hand-in-hand with right-wing political beliefs.