Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, defended Pat Robertson's recent claim that Muslims are "motivated by demonic power," and expanded on Robertson's comments, saying: "Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power."
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.
In describing what would happen if the Democrats took control of the House, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, said "you can expect two years of all-out investigations, attacks, anything they can bring to bear." What Gingrich didn't say is that prior to the 1994 elections, he reportedly vowed, "Washington just can't imagine a world in which Republicans would have subpoena power," and he delivered.
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.
Fox News political analyst Dick Morris claimed that there is no civil war coming to Iraq because "when Iraqi politicians negotiate over the coalition of their cabinet, they bomb each other's mosques."
Focus on the Family's James C. Dobson accused Harper's Magazine of "say[ing] the most crazy things" for reporting that he is "in favor of people who want to execute abortionists." In fact, Dobson has endorsed at least two political candidates, Randall Terry and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who have expressed support for executing "abortionists."
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."
Bill O'Reilly called guest Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, "a paranoid crazy."
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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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.
In a discussion with Fox News Watch host Eric Burns, Bill O'Reilly said he would fire "rabid dog" media commentator Neal Gabler as a Fox News Watch contributor. O'Reilly accused Gabler of promoting "an idiot conspiracy theory" from a "far-left blog," suggesting that it was "not bad PR" if the Bush administration dragged out the story of Cheney's hunting accident to deflect attention from more substantive news. O'Reilly added that "this is the second time this guy did this -- the first time he smeared me about the Christmas controversy."
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Bill O'Reilly claimed that the media "hate Bush and Cheney," and that viewers are "not going to get the fair story from 80 percent of the media" but "will get it from Fox."
Bill O'Reilly attacked The New York Times' Maureen Dowd for criticizing the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney in her latest column because, O'Reilly said, Dowd "claims the White House is blaming the guy who got shot." In fact, as Dowd wrote, "[White House press secretary] Scott McClellan told the White House press corps that Katharine Armstrong, a lobbyist with government ties who owns the Texas ranch ... 'pointed out that the protocol was not followed by Mr. [Harry] Whittington when it came to notifying the others that he was there.' "