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February 06, 2003

Bill O'Reilly yells at man who's father died in 9/11.

Seriously, you have to read that one.

What a supreme asshole.

Posted by Jake at 01:41 AM

This blows my little Indiana mind. I love Bastards!

Posted by: Andy at February 6, 2003 06:18 AM

fucking incredible transcript. o'reilly reveals himself as the tool that he is. i mean this in both senses of the word: not only is o'reilly a completely penis, but also clearly working for the man.

i mean seriously, who is this guy to shut someone up because he isn't allowing him to take advantage of his father's death for the promotion of right-wing ideals? moreover, what makes him think that he has a better understanding of a stranger than that stranger's son.

it is so typical of this guy, too. he's beginning to make rush limbaugh seem warm-hearted. watching his show makes me want to run over people repeatedly.

Posted by: jeremy at February 6, 2003 10:55 AM

Anyone who has ever watched that show for even a few seconds knows what an unmitigated, egotistical little bullhorn of a jackass he is. Someone should squeeze his fat head like a pimple so the puss of his nasty, pathetic demeanor can be released once and for all and cable viewers who want to watch human interaction instead of the blustering natter of this pathetic dogmatist can finally flick channels without fear of seeing his gastrointestinal disorder-inducing face again.

Posted by: Jaap at February 6, 2003 11:40 AM

I saw that segment. I laughed, I cried, I screamed.

He did the same thing to a guest, who as a kid, was supposedly molested by a Catholic priest. O'Reilly didn't believe and basically asked why he would let himself get molested.

Nah, this guy isn't a jerk or anything.

Also, I loved his line of questioning of the conservative (can't think of his name) who got kicked off an AIDS commission because of his views on gays. O'Reilly basically framed his question to make the guy look like a decent, honorable man.

"Well, you say you're against gays, but you're only against AIDS, right?"
"That's right, Bill. Though I think homosexuality is a sin and that all gays will burn in hell, I'm really out to fight AIDS. I don't know why the gay rights people would stand in my way. I guess the gay agenda must be more important than fighting AIDS that these homos started in the first place..."


Posted by: Eric at February 6, 2003 05:03 PM

you people must be kidding me. i would've cut that militant's mic, too. spitting out propaganda, no matter what side it's from was not prudent at the time. i'm not a conservative, so don't misunderstand me, but you guys will someday learn that this militant attitude just makes no one take you seriously.

"working for the man"-->? i don't even want to wonder about that. you guys never cease to make me laugh...

Posted by: john galt at February 9, 2003 10:19 AM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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