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Bill O’Reilly’s Predictably Bellicose Venom-Spewing Expected By Fox News Watchers

Shall we “let them eat sand?”

In 2001, six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bill O’Reilly called on his fellow bloodthirsty patriots to wage a war against civilian targets if the Afghan government did not immediately extradite Osama bin Laden to the U.S.

According to the media watchdog FAIR:

“This is a very primitive country. And taking out their ability to exist day to day will not be hard. Remember, the people of any country are ultimately responsible for the government they have. The Germans were responsible for Hitler. The Afghans are responsible for the Taliban. We should not target civilians. But if they don’t rise up against this criminal government, they starve, period.”

Of Iraq, another country on which the Fox News host (perhaps clairvoyantly?) fixed his crosshairs, he said “their infrastructure must be destroyed and the population made to endure yet another round of intense pain…. Maybe then the people there will finally overthrow Saddam.”

It also seems that O’Reilly in all his wisdom, was an early supporter of the Arab Spring. Sort of.

If Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi didn’t step down and go into exile the U.S. should “bomb his oil facilities, all of them. And we mine the harbor in Tripoli. Nothing goes in, nothing goes out. We also destroy all the airports in Libya. Let them eat sand.”

We wonder what he’ll have to say about Chechnya, the once-wartorn republic in the Russian Federation, in the coming days.

Image: [Raw Story]

h/t Peter Hart

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Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million a Year to Act Like an Idiot

The Daily Beast has published a list of the highest paid TV anchors, and it’s massively depressing. It’s sad because some of the people featured in the list don’t do much at all. Like Kelly Ripa.

According to a “highest paid TV star” list from TV Guide, Ripa makes $20 million a year just for acting ditzy on a morning show. Of course Bill O’Reilly gets paid $20 million a year to spread hatred and ignorance, so maybe we shouldn’t be so upset about Ripa’s salary.

Below are a few of the other top earners. The Daily Beast’s full list is here; TV Guide’s here.

The Guardian Celebrates Six Months in U.S. with Journalism Debate

Juan Williams and Charlie Rose/Getty Images for The Guardian

The Guardian, the iconic U.K. newspaper, branched out across the pond last year. Last night, it was time for the tabloid to reap the rewards. Rather than a simple party, The Guardian made it a creative thinking process for the several hundred invited guests.

The newspaper provided a debate between commercial pressures and journalistic standards. CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose was the engaging moderator.

The panel featured someone who knows first-hand about the pressures of journalistic standards. Juan Williams was dramatically fired by NPR in 2010. Williams, who remains a contributor to Fox News, has had time to reflect on his ugly end to an 11-year tenure.

“It’s not fun being called a bigot and a bad journalist,” Williams tells FishbowlNY. “The degree to which it was about assailing my personal reputation, struck me as Kafkaesque. I didn’t know what to make of it.”

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Fox Threatens Gawker with Legal Action [Updated]

It appears that Fox News has had enough of Gawker’s meager mole, Joe Muto. The network sent a strongly worded letter threatening criminal and civil charges if Gawker didn’t stop publishing Muto’s dispatches. The letter demands that Gawker “immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto, and return them to Fox News.”

Speaking of Muto’s posts, we’re guessing that the photo of Bill O’Reilly with a topless woman that accompanies the letter from Fox is Muto’s doing. If so, we should congratulate Gawker and Muto on yet another utterly unimpressive update. The picture looks like it’s about 30 years old and is far from anything scandalous. In fact, all it does is prove that a long, long time ago, O’Reilly was a bro who could bro it up with the best of them.

The longer this goes on, the worse Gawker looks. But maybe that was the goal of the mole all along, and he’s really a counteragent, working for Fox? Now that would be a story worth following.

UPDATE:
See below for the letter Fox News sent to Muto, courtesy of TVNewser.

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Gawker’s Fox News Mole Reveals… Nothing [Updated]

Gawker has a current Fox News employee writing “regular dispatches from inside the organization,” which is pretty amazing, considering how little you ever hear Fox employees speaking out against the company. However, the debut column is extremely boring.

The biggest “gotcha” moment from the mole is a behind-the-scenes video of Mitt Romney talking about his love for horses. Scandalous! Yes, it shows how Romney clearly appreciates the finer things in life, but doesn’t everyone already know that? The mole clearly thinks it is a big scoop:

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Bill O’Reilly Sides with George Clooney

Of all the celebrities who stopped on the Oscars red carpet to speak with the man holding the Fox News-flagged microphone, reporter Jesse Watters says George Clooney was the nicest. “He was the biggest celebrity that spoke to me; he didn’t have to stop and talk to me, but he did,” Watters told Bill O’Reilly last night. “And he was good-natured about the whole conversation.”

Excepting Watters’ last question. When the reporter asked Clooney as the actor was walking away, “Is Obama doing a good job?”, The Descendants star reminded, “Yes he is. He’s the President of the United States, not Obama. He’s the President of the United States.” Clooney then glared purposefully at Watters.


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LAT Profiles MSNBC Working-Man Champ Ed Schultz

Going up weekday nights against Anderson Cooper and Bill O′Reilly at 8 p.m. may sound like cable news suicide. But per an LA Times profile piece by Alana Semuels, MSNBC host Ed Schultz is making it work:

This year through early February, Schultz’s nightly The ED Show viewership has averaged 608,000, a 60% increase from his ratings during the same period in 2010, according to Nielsen. He’s surpassed Cooper, though he has more than a million fewer viewers than O’Reilly.

In response to critics who accuse Schultz of deceitfully switching from a Conservative to Liberal POV, he tells Semuels it’s genuine. He says a large spark for the transformation came from a most unusual first date with his now-wife and afternoon radio show producer, Wendy. She took him to a homeless shelter.

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