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Bill O’Reilly On Post-Health Care Talk Radio: 'Hysteria,' 'Crazed' And 'Entertaining'
Mediaite ^ | March 23, 2010 | Colby Hall

Posted on 03/23/2010 3:56:21 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim

Bill O’Reilly had on his regular media analyst Bernie Goldberg last night to run down the media’s reaction (on both left and right) to the passing of the Health Care bill on Sunday, and echoed some of the same thoughts voiced by David Frum, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, who made quite a stir yesterday in calling health care reform the GOP’s “Waterloo,” but a big win for the “conservative entertainment” business. Is this the beginning a more measured tone on right-of-center opinion media? Not likely.

First some background: amidst the gnashing of teeth and roaring of terrible roars on the right-of-center opinion media yesterday, came an interesting take from Frum, who basically placed the Health Care bill defeat for the GOP on a much grander scale. Calling it the “GOP’s Waterloo” in a blog post that was summed up thusly:

So today’s defeat for free-market economics and Republican values is a huge win for the conservative entertainment industry. Their listeners and viewers will now be even more enraged, even more frustrated, even more disappointed in everybody except the responsibility-free talkers on television and radio. For them, it’s mission accomplished. For the cause they purport to represent, it’s Waterloo all right: ours.

Last night, O’Reilly echoed that sentiment, though in much more measured way, when he said:

“I was listening and I was hearing almost hysteria. Not to say that it wasn’t entertaining…it was. I mean, they were crazed, they being the callers and the right wing hosts. It was entertaining, and I think they believe what they said. I didn’t see any guys being charlatans.”

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: frum; goldberg; gop; healthcare; obama; obamacare; oreilly; talkradio; thefactor
David Frum is no conservative; he a media slut.
1 posted on 03/23/2010 3:56:21 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim
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To: Sergeant Tim

You could say exactly the same thing about Bill O’Reilly.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 3:57:56 PM PDT by Judith Anne (2012 Sarah Palin/Duncan Hunter 2012)
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To: Judith Anne

Actually, I meant to. Thanks!


3 posted on 03/23/2010 3:59:38 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: Sergeant Tim
Oreiley’s shtick is “moderate at all costs”, even when utterly asinine.

I have not taken the guy seriously for years. I also am rarely exposed to him though.

4 posted on 03/23/2010 3:59:57 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: RobRoy

O’Reilly had a chance to stick it to Obama before the election and he cowered in the corner and sucked his thumb.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 4:01:49 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: Judith Anne

O’Rielly’s moral compass consists of a single moist finger.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 4:02:45 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sergeant Tim

I heard what he said last night and was disgusted. I usually like Bill but, he’s not always right.


7 posted on 03/23/2010 4:03:14 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: RobRoy

Yep, you said it better than I could have.


8 posted on 03/23/2010 4:03:50 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: skeeter
O’Rielly’s moral compass consists of a single moist finger.

I like that one.
9 posted on 03/23/2010 4:03:54 PM PDT by aNYCguy
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To: MsLady

Time for Beck top replace the leprechan at 8 pm edt


10 posted on 03/23/2010 4:03:59 PM PDT by ground_fog
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To: Judith Anne
As arrogant as BOR is....you'd think he's Rush Limbaugh!

I think BOR is jealous of the "big boy"---Rush.

Does BOR have any beliefs? I know he goes after perverts but does "phone sex."

11 posted on 03/23/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT by lonestar (Better Obama picks his nose than our pockets!)
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To: Sergeant Tim

BOR is just the latest Obama suck-up.


12 posted on 03/23/2010 4:06:16 PM PDT by Commander X (TOTUS...destroying the USA one lie at a time.)
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To: lonestar

Probably goes after them to get new phone numbers.


13 posted on 03/23/2010 4:06:17 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: aNYCguy

Its funny how worked up the left gets about OReilly, as worthless as he is to anyone’s cause, left or right.


14 posted on 03/23/2010 4:07:25 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sergeant Tim
echoed some of the same thoughts voiced by David Frum, the former speechwriter for George W. Bush, who made quite a stir yesterday in calling health care reform the GOP’s “Waterloo,”

AMERICA'S Waterloo.

Anyone who doesn't give a rat's ass about this country jumping into the Socialist abyss is too stupid to voice an opinion.

The shackles of socialism are not easily cast off and there is no Western democracy to help us as we helped others in the latter half of the 20th Century.

15 posted on 03/23/2010 4:10:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny, the same Leftists who denied Obamacare is "Socialist" are calling its critics "Fascist".)
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To: RobRoy
Oreiley’s shtick is “moderate at all costs”

In politics, "moderate" means unprincipled, can be persuaded either way the wind blows.

Like the song says..."You've gotta stand for something, or you'll fall for anything."

I wouldn't call O'reily an idiot, but I agree that he is an unprincipled attention whore...and that he usually sucks.

16 posted on 03/23/2010 4:10:36 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare, a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Sergeant Tim
Fox really needs to rethink their prime-time line up. I don't watch it anymore. And I never watch Shep Smith. YUCK.

My wish list would be moving Beck to prime time, Mark Steyn and Megyn Kelly.

17 posted on 03/23/2010 4:11:05 PM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected
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To: RobRoy

BoR is a former tabloid tv host. It’s all a game.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 4:11:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny, the same Leftists who denied Obamacare is "Socialist" are calling its critics "Fascist".)
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To: Calm_Cool_and_Elected

Oh and I forgot one thing on my wish list: Get rid of Shep.


19 posted on 03/23/2010 4:11:42 PM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected
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To: a fool in paradise

"F'ing thing sucks!"

20 posted on 03/23/2010 4:13:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NoobRep

O’Reilly is still being careful of what he says...doesn’t want to upset Obama. He might not come on his show. O’Reilly drives me nuts. He probably can identify with Obama. They are both extremely arrogant!


21 posted on 03/23/2010 4:16:09 PM PDT by Cricket24 (Conservatives Only...NO RINO'S!!!!!!!!!!)
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I used to watch O’Reilly, but I don’t anymore. He is doing a disservice to us. He called the Swift Boat Veterans gossip mongers and wouldn’t have them on, and then had Carl Cameron on after the 2008 election spreading gossip about Sarah Palin not knowing who was in NAFTA etc.


22 posted on 03/23/2010 4:17:59 PM PDT by Politics4US
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To: a fool in paradise

We won’t be around to see it but someday people will be leaving this country and be the “new immigrants” to a “new free” country somewhere. The “new free” country may even have a statue of Liberty. Ours should have fallen by then.

Then again, we might be around to see it.


23 posted on 03/23/2010 4:21:15 PM PDT by Terry Mross (We need a second SONS OF LIBERTY but there won't be one.)
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To: ground_fog

Indeed. Heck, let’s swap Bill out for Red Eye.


24 posted on 03/23/2010 4:23:30 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: Terry Mross

What nation would have our refugees?

New Zealand will deny immigration if you are “obese” by BMI standards (not even “morbidly obese”).

America was founded on a philosophy. Other nations may have adopted elements of our Constitution but no other nation holds our Constitutional protections (which have been violated by this administration and this Congress which betrayed the notion of a separation of powers and an explicit manner in which legislation winds its way to the President’s desk).


25 posted on 03/23/2010 4:24:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny, the same Leftists who denied Obamacare is "Socialist" are calling its critics "Fascist".)
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To: Politics4US

Campaign Carl is a shill for the Socialists.


26 posted on 03/23/2010 4:29:51 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: Sergeant Tim

What killed me was seeing Geraldine Ferraro on one of the shows. It was bad enough this bill was passing, but we had to listen to this old nag defending it all the way on FOX as it went down.


27 posted on 03/23/2010 4:31:42 PM PDT by chipper dave
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To: Sergeant Tim

“Bill O’Reilly had on his regular media analyst Bernie Goldberg”

ahh, the King and Queen of the Mushy Middle. I would love to see Beck replace Bill but he seems too enamored with him


28 posted on 03/23/2010 4:34:17 PM PDT by Conservative9
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To: Calm_Cool_and_Elected

Greta is far better than Bill! Half the time you can’t tell if she is liberal, conservative, or moderate. She goes for the truth and I would rather listen to her than The King of the Mushy Middle. Beck at 8. Greta at 9, and let Hannity go play ball with his friend Bob Beckel- I am so sick of listening to him. If I wanted to hear liberals I would watch msm. You don’t need to fill the network with them to be fair and balanced. Truth provides all the fairness and balance we need. Lose Geraldo to. Please!


29 posted on 03/23/2010 4:39:54 PM PDT by Conservative9
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To: Sergeant Tim

Frum is wrong on every major issue — he was for the bank bailout, for the car company bailout, for Guiliani for president, maliciously anti-Palin, pro-choice, doesn’t care about traditional marriage, and has said just about the most vicious things any conservative or pseudo conservative has ever said about Rush Limbaugh — that he is fat, drug-addicted and willing to sacrifice his principles just to keep his radio audience.

Frum is blight on the conservative movement.


30 posted on 03/23/2010 4:43:09 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: heye2monn

Well said.


31 posted on 03/23/2010 4:44:57 PM PDT by Conservative9
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To: Sergeant Tim
FRum is one of the republican "adviors" that got us to this point by being an accomadationist w/ the libs. His idea would have been to negogiate w/ Oboy and in that way we could have gotten the cost of this disaster down from $986BUS to $920BUS.

He was also the brilliant mind behind the effort to show hard working Americans as idiots for MSM the very week of our greatest struggle. A lower frum of life I won't imagine.

And BORe of course can only sit back and enjoy the pathos of those trying to come to grips w/ the distruction of our nation.

Kudos to the wretched slime. These people will have their day of regret my FRiends, oh their day will come.

32 posted on 03/23/2010 5:25:26 PM PDT by Pietro ("I am not an idealouge" BHO; "I am not a crook" RMN)
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To: Conservative9

dittos!!!


33 posted on 03/23/2010 5:33:12 PM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: Sergeant Tim

Bill O’Reilly has spent more time talking about a so called incident that didn’t happen..........and talk radio’s “hysterical” (his word) reaction to Obama care than he has about the ramifications of this disasterous bill itself.

Disgraceful.


34 posted on 03/23/2010 6:47:04 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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