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Bill O’Reilly Selling Notes on ‘Historic’ Interview

Bill O’Reilly is allowing you to be part of journalistic history. According to Politico, O’Reilly is selling the notes he used during his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama. The current high bid for the signed letter is $11,200.

O’Reilly, as you might recall, was so impressed with himself during that interview that he said it was sure to go down in “journalistic history.

Our favorite notation is #10 on the list: “Fox News!” Truly, this is a masterpiece worth owning.

It could be worse though. All the proceeds gained from the auction are going to the Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families.

Bill O’Reilly Interview Part of ‘Journalistic History,’ Says Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly thinks Bill O’Reilly is pretty great. Speaking with another certainly iconic — though unfortunately at times half-naked — journalist, Geraldo Rivera, O’Reilly said that his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama was quite amazing.

“I’m going to predict that that interview that I did is going to go down in journalistic history as what should be done,” O’Reilly told Rivera. “It takes a certain skill to pose questions in a factual way and be persistent without being disrespectful.”

We’d write more about O’Reilly’s claim, but we simply must give the man a standing ovation.

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Award-Winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan (WSJ)
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose late Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment, authorities said. Law-enforcement officials said a hypodermic needle and two glassine envelopes containing what is believed to be heroin were found in the apartment on Bethune Street in the West Village. The 46-year-old actor was found unconscious in the bathroom of his fourth-floor apartment in the Pickwick House around 11:15 a.m. by screenwriter David Bar Katz, who called 911, a law-enforcement official said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. NY Post In a statement released by his manager, Hoffman’s family called his death “a tragic and sudden loss.” FishbowlNY Hoffman, a native of Fairport, N.Y., was last seen notably on screen as Lancaster Dodd in The Master. He had a number of film projects in the pipeline, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and Part 2, for which he reprised the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. GalleyCat The actor’s work had many literary connections. He won an Oscar for his appearance as Truman Capote in Bennett Miller’s biopic Capote. Hoffman starred in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games. In addition, he starred as Willy Loman in Mike Nichols’ revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on stage in New York. CNN He was a beefy 5-foot-10 but won an Oscar for playing the slight, 5-foot-3 Capote. He had the booming voice of a deity but often played schlubs and conflicted characters.

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Roger Ailes Blasted in Biography

On January 21, Gabriel Sherman’s biography of Roger Ailes, The Loudest Voice in The Room, will be released. The New York Times got a peek at it, and let’s just say that Ailes probably isn’t going to want a signed copy. In fact, he might try to buy every copy he can, and then burn them.

What do we learn about Ailes from Sherman’s book? As far as we can tell, mostly bad things. Here’s just a few:

  • Ailes used Fox News to try to influence the 2012 election and make Mitt Romney the president. He uh, wasn’t so good at that.
  • Ailes is not a nice boss, as former employees cited his “volatile temper and domineering behavior.”
  • Ailes described Fox News stars Bill O’Reilly as “a book salesman with a TV show,” and Brian Kilmeade as “a soccer coach from Long Island.” Is that a bad thing? We’re not quite sure. Soccer is lame, so maybe?
  • Randi Harrison, a TV producer, said that when she tried to negotiate her salary with Ailes when they both worked at NBC, he offered her more money if she would just have sex with him whenever he wanted. Ah, the ol’ “money for sex” tactic! A classic corporate maneuverer.

Unsurprisingly, a spokesperson for Fox News told the Times “These charges are false. While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”

Bill O’Reilly Takes Over John R. Gambling’s Final WOR Show

JohnGamblingPicThe close of an epic radio run deserves an epic send-off. And so it is with Friday’s final episode of John R. Gambling‘s WOR-AM morning show.

The December 20 program brought to a close the continuous 88-year family radio dynasty of John G., father John A. and grandfather John B. Among those who phoned in Friday was Bill O’Reilly. The Factor host turned the tables on Gambling, noting that radio has changed over the years to become more like “pitched warfare” and asking his interviewer whether that is a good or bad thing:

“I think that it’s, ultimately, a bad thing,” Gambling answered. “In thinking about that question, and having been told that one of the reasons that people have listed to me and listened to all of the Gamblings is the civility…”

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Website Connects Darwin Bestseller to Intelligently Designed Media Campaign

The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based organization that bills itself as “the intellectual home of the modern intelligent design movement,” is celebrating this morning. All because the book Darwin’s Doubt is set to debut at #7 on this Sunday’s New York Times non-fiction bestsellers list.

After applauding the NYT for a “remarkably accurate” plot synopsis of Stephen Meyer‘s new book, David Klinghoffer, a senior fellow with the Center for Science and Culture (CSC), explains that there are no missing media links. Good old-fashioned promo-ing was an important part, he writes, of the bestseller momentum:

Dr. Meyer has been on The Michael Medved Show several times, on the The Dennis Prager Show, The Dennis Miller Show and many other national and local talk-radio programs. Not trivial either is the decision by Barnes & Noble to feature the book with in-store displays in 300 of its bookstores across the country, likely due in part to the strong sales record of Meyer’s first book, Signature in the Cell.

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Study: Media Supports Gay Marriage

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that news organizations were more likely to show a supportive view of gay marriage, rather than an oppositional view. Pew analyzed 500 stories on the subject over a two-month span, and found that almost half (47 percent) of the coverage was pro gay marriage, while only nine percent was anti gay marriage.

The skew was due to much of the coverage focusing on society’s shift toward acceptance or a politician’s voicing of support. And it wasn’t just one type of media offering more pro gay marriage coverage, it was every single kind. Pew crunched data from 11 papers, cable and network TV, radio, and websites, such as Politico and Gawker.

Even Fox News had more supportive coverage of gay marriage (29 percent) than oppositional (eight percent). That supportive percentage was the lowest among all media surveyed, but hey, they’re trying. You wave that rainbow flag, Bill O’Reilly. You wave it with pride.

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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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