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."
Bill O'Reilly called guest Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, "a paranoid crazy."
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly threatened to turn over the personal information of a caller to "Fox security" because the caller mentioned MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. As Media Matters has noted, in recent weeks, Olbermann has repeatedly awarded O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" designation during his show, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
Bill O'Reilly called Robert Greenwald's 2004 documentary, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, "a dishonest piece of trash."
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In a conversation with a caller about the disproportionately few jobs and contracts that have gone to locals in the rebuilding of New Orleans, Bill O'Reilly said: "[T]he homies, you know -- I mean, they're just not going to get the job."
Keith Olbermann devoted an entire segment to responding to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's call for the replacement of Olbermann's show with one featuring Phil Donahue. Donahue previously hosted a show on MSNBC in the same 8 p.m. ET time slot as Olbermann's Countdown, which is also in the same time slot as O'Reilly's show, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.
In an apparent break with his February 20 pronouncement that "the only solution" to violence in Iraq "is to hand over everything to the Iraqis as fast as humanly possible" because "we just can't control these crazy people," Bill O'Reilly said on the February 23 broadcast of his radio show: "I haven't given up on Iraq."
Bill O'Reilly claimed that he doesn't "do personal attacks." But as Media Matters for America has noted, O'Reilly has personally attacked individuals on numerous occasions.
Bill O'Reilly called on MSNBC to reinstate Phil Donahue as a network host, asserting: "His successor [Keith Olbermann], after three long years on the air, actually has fewer viewers now than Donahue did when he left." However, O'Reilly has yet to express concern for the lower ratings generated by MSNBC programs hosted by two conservatives: former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) and Tucker Carlson.