Bill O'Reilly called NBC "the most anti-Bush network" -- even more so, he said, than "ABC, CNN, and CBS." Yet, despite characterizing NBC as "the most anti-Bush network" in television, O'Reilly himself has appeared on NBC's Today show at least eight times since November 2001.
Bill O'Reilly repeatedly accused the "heavily liberal" media of "looking to undermine" the Bush administration "for their own ideological purposes." O'Reilly also declared that "with the rise of the internet" the "far left now dominates the liberal agenda. ... To these Kool-Aid drinkers, no personal attack is out of bounds, no distortion too dishonest to use. They're all about the end justifying the means."
While discussing New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn's decision to boycott Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day parade due to the decision by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to ban the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization (ILGO) from marching, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly attacked Quinn, calling ILGO's potential participation in the parade "inappropriate." O'Reilly stated: "You have your Gay Day Parade. You have your Stonewall celebration. You have your Halloween deal, OK? You don't need this."
While discussing the "dishonesty" of "the far left," Bill O'Reilly called progressive talk radio network Air America Radio "disgusting" and "despicable," stating that "all they do" is "personal attacks." After twice repeating, "I despise them," O'Reilly further claimed that there "isn't any comparison" on the "far-right websites." However, O'Reilly himself has previously attacked Air America Radio, labeling it "the Joseph Goebbels network," during one broadcast.
Bill O'Reilly attacked St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown Jr., falsely claiming that Brown's column "took information from a far-left smear website, which routinely distorts comments from anyone the site doesn't like," adding that Brown "knows that, but prints the dishonest garbage anyway." In fact, as Brown noted in his column, Media Matters for America compiled a montage of O'Reilly clips demonstrating that, despite his claims to the contrary, O'Reilly routinely engages in personal attacks.
On the March 17 broadcast of MSNBC's Countdown, Keith Olbermann awarded Bill O'Reilly both the runner-up and first place awards in his daily "Worst Person in the World" contest for calling liberal media writer Neal Gabler a "bomb-thrower" and a "Kool-Aid drinker" and for telling a caller on his radio program that instead of "denigrat[ing]" guests on his programs, he "just go[es] over to" co-host Lis Wiehl "and whack[s] her around. ... [F]iguratively speaking, of course."
Discussing his interview with author Norman Mailer, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told a caller to his radio show that instead of denigrating Mailer, O'Reilly could "just go over to" co-host Lis Wiehl "and whack her around."
Bill O'Reilly argued that a New York Times article -- which disclosed that Iraqi military leaders had assumed Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction -- vindicated President Bush. He declared that "those people who accused President Bush of lying about WMDs owe him an apology" and proceeded to present a "liar list" that included numerous Democratic and progressive critics of the war. In fact, the Times revelation does nothing to undermine these critics' argument -- that Bush downplayed or outright ignored the intelligence community's doubts about Iraq's weapon capability in presenting the case for war.
Bill O'Reilly called liberal media writer Neal Gabler a "bomb-thrower" and a "left-wing Kool-Aid drinker" for arguing, on Fox News Watch, that the controversy over comments that Colorado high school teacher Jay Bennish made about President Bush resulted from the exploitation of the incident by the conservative media. But O'Reilly had no harsh words for fellow Fox News Watch panelist Cal Thomas, a conservative syndicated columnist, who said on the same program that he agreed that the conservative media had over-hyped the incident.
During a discussion on illegal immigration on his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly cited North Korea as a successful example of border security. Responding to O'Reilly's observation that "[n]obody gets into North Korea," his guest, the Cato Institute's Daniel T. Griswold, retorted: "Nobody wants to."
On his radio program, Bill O'Reilly stated: "You know in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the Earth. That would be the sane thing to do."
Keith Olbermann interviewed "Mike from Orlando," the man who called into Bill O'Reilly's nationally syndicated radio program and was threatened by O'Reilly with "a little visit" from "Fox security," simply for mentioning Olbermann's name on the air.
Once again denying that he engages in "personal attacks," Bill O'Reilly defined his use of the word "villain" as "a designation based upon provable facts" rather than a personal attack; he also defended his use of the term "pinhead" as "a casual expression we use to amuse."
On MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann devoted an entire segment to responding to Bill O'Reilly's threat to turn over to "Fox security" the personal information of a caller to O'Reilly's radio show because the caller mentioned Olbermann's name. Olbermann commented: "Bill thinks he has his own police."