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."
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.
September 30, 2000
So Howard Rosenberg doesn't like Bill O'Reilly, of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" ("O'Reilly's Ridiculous Factor," Sept. 25). He thinks that O'Reilly is opinionated, picky and just plain not a good writer. Well, I have spent several years reading Rosenberg's adoring ruminations on television's wasteland, and I have three words for him: Pot. Kettle. Black. MARK MARTIN Eagle Rock Rosenberg's critique of O'Reilly was too flattering. He failed to mention his venomously poisonous, hatred-spewing diatribes that he unleashes on the Clintons on his daily TV program.
April 7, 2007 |
Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera said Friday that there were no hard feelings after they engaged in a shouting match unusual even for a cable opinion program. No chairs flew and no noses were broken, but the finger-pointing verbal duel over illegal immigration on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" on Thursday night became a water-cooler topic the next day.
January 5, 2009
Re "Dream big," editorial, Jan. 1 I enjoyed your somewhat tongue-in-cheek editorial about your editors' 2009 wishes until I got to your penultimate wish about silencing Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. I am no fan of any of those you seek to muzzle, and am glad to be free to choose not to listen to them. But to have the editorial board of what purports to be a bastion of 1st Amendment integrity, and the country's second-largest city's newspaper of record, make public a wish to silence a group of commentators whose views differ from its own is not humorous.