Sunday, December 18, 2005

Bill O'Reilly Is an Idiot

Nice to see some folks finally taking that dolt to task for his overwrought and idiotic "war on Christmas".

First, God bless Cal Thomas. Though I disagree with him on so many things, he got this one right: "The effort by some cable TV hosts and ministers to force commercial establishments into wishing everyone a 'Merry Christmas' might be more objectionable to the One who is the reason for the season than the 'Happy Holidays' mantra required by some store managers."

But Nicholas Kristoff hits him with both barrels today.

Money quote: "So I have a challenge for Mr. O'Reilly: If you really want to defend traditional values, then come with me on a trip to Darfur. I'll introduce you to mothers who have had their babies clubbed to death in front of them, to teenage girls who have been gang-raped and then mutilated - and to the government-armed thugs who do these things. You'll have to leave your studio, Bill. You'll encounter pure evil. If you're like me, you'll be scared. If you try to bully some of the goons in Darfur, they'll just hack your head off. But you'll also meet some genuine conservative Christians - aid workers who live the Gospel instead of sputtering about it - and you'll finally be using your talents for an important cause. So, Bill, what'll it be? Will you dare travel to a real war against Christmas values, in which the victims aren't offended shoppers but terrified children thrown on bonfires? I'm waiting to hear."

That, my friends, is the difference between real journalists and blowhard, hack entertainers like O'Reilly, Rush, and their ilk.

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