Bill O'Reilly is no fan of National Public Radio.
Last October, after NPR fired Juan Williams, O'Reilly went on Fox News and said NPR “is not a news organization” and “is basically a left-wing outfit” that “throw[s] out propaganda in violation of the First Amendment.” He called for “the immediate suspension of every taxpayer dollar going into the National Public Radio outfit” and likened the network to terrorists: “Terrorists want to create terror. Well what does NPR want to create? They're intimidating, too.” To cap it all off, he called NPR “boring,” “dishonest,” and a “snake pit.”
This past March, still incensed over the incident, O'Reilly invented a new term, “TL” -- short for “totalitarian liberal” -- and christened NPR the “TL Vatican.” Said O'Reilly: “That is totalitarian. You cannot say certain things at NPR, and Juan did, and that's what happened there.” And he once again called for NPR to be stripped of all public funding.
So it was curious, then, to tune into NPR's Morning Edition earlier today and hear Bill O'Reilly chat with Steve Inskeep about the Fox News host's new book, Killing Lincoln. They even had a quick discussion about his role as a media figure, which was noteworthy for its lack of self-awareness:
O'REILLY: I'm in the media, I've been doing it for 35 years. I know the media as well as anybody in the world knows it. And there are always going to be people who try to make money by slamming other people and by, you know, creating all kinds of stuff that doesn't really get us anywhere.
INSKEEP: Do you think you add to that sometimes?
O'REILLY: You know, I try not to do it personally. I think that we bring a robust debate to the nation every night. I think we try to stay away from the personal stuff. We try to back up our opinions with facts. So yeah, I mean, you can accuse me of anything you want, but, you know, I'm trying to do the right thing.
So O'Reilly thinks NPR is a totalitarian snake-pit of pseudo-terrorism that shouldn't get taxpayer money to promote its dishonest left-wing ideological agenda. Using taxpayer money to help sell his books, though, is perfectly fine.