How many times does the exact same story about fallen Fox News host Bill O’Reilly need to be written?
I’ve lost count.
The usual suspects have been busy reporting basically the same stuff – CNN, MSNBC, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Fox news – even the late to the party Kansas City Star.
Here’s another take:
I hung out with O’Reilly in the early days of his success at Fox News, when he was still something of a right wing cult hero…relatively speaking.
A group of Kansas City business dudes flew him in for a talk at the Folly Theatre and success did not appear to have completely gone to his head.
What had gone to O’Reilly’s head was a really bad cold – he was miserable – but not about to forgo his at that point microscopically small speaking fee as well as a bit of ink from the local daily.
The left leaning loons in the FYI section of the Star had already written off Big Bill. And since I didn’t crucify him, they figured I must have been some sort of right wing Rush Limbaugh disciple as well.
Little did they know I’d yanked the lever for Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and later not once but twice for Obama. Let alone that I gave money last year – again, not once but twice – the leftist loon of all, Bernie Sanders.
That said, would you believe I voted for Trump?
My take on O’Reilly is pretty simple.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The O’Reilly I met was in no danger of being described as humble, but nor did he appear to be the egomaniac he later grew into.
Secondly, O’Reilly’s journalistic credentials were forged in two of the least credible forms of journalism; local television news and tabloid TV.
Kind of a variation on Rush Limbaugh who honed his chops as a Top 40 deejay on KUDL AM under the name Jeff Christie.
Put plainly, Limbaugh and O’Reilly got their bonafides as political pundits simply by running their mouths.
Given the level of fame and fortune both attained, is it really much of a surprise they spun out of control into becoming arrogant, chauvinistic oafs?
That said, while I didn’t listen to O’Reilly much, he occasionally scored on topics that were merit worthy. Such as his original War on Christmas campaign in which politically correct corporations banned the utterance of “Merry Christmas” by employees.
Unfortunately for the “regular folks,” O’Reilly likes to call the fans of his show, it’s too bad he remains in such deep denial about his actions regarding women.
Because the first step in overcoming a problem is admitting that you have one.