Skip to comments.O'Reilly Responds on Air to Jim Robinson and Michelle Malkin
Posted on 05/28/2009 6:21:24 PM PDT by kristinn
(Note: this report is a paraphrase based on memory, not tape. Any inaccuracies will be corrected down thread by me or other FReepers.)
Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly responded on The Factor tonight to criticisms of his attacks last night on Free Republic and Hot Air by the sites' respective founders, Jim Robinson and Michelle Malkin. The segment last night was on reaction by right and left wing websites on the Judge Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. Free Republic was singled out for an obnoxious comment about Sotomayor being diabetic. Hot Air was singled out for an impolitic strongly worded appeal to block her nomination.
O'Reilly noted Malkin's reaction made on Fox and Friends this morning and Robinson's comments which were posted on Free Republic and e-mailed to The Factor.
O'Reilly agreed that both had points but that the sites should better monitor their comments as he does at his site and that O'Reilly would hold both right and left wing sites accountable.
Hot Air complained that the comment singled out by O'Reilly was labeled a 'blog' entry rather than a comment, thereby leaving the impression it was made by one of the site's official posters.
Jim Robinson's response was boiled down to Jim calling O'Reilly "an elitist gasbag" and noting that offending comments sometimes get past the moderators. O'Reilly did not inform his viewers that Mr. Robinson is a diabetic who has lost family to the disease.
The segment aired about forty minutes into the program tonight.
FR threads one and two.
Video of last night's Factor segment.
Jim Robinson's response
Michelle Malkin on Fox and Friends.
Bill O’Reilly, fair and balanced???? We report. You decide.
I was absolutely sickened when I happened to catch it. I detest this man. He’s no different than Obama. It’s ALL about HIM.
Kudos for Jim calling the elitist Gasbag what he is. ‘bout time someone called him on it.
They distort and deride...
He's a perverted bully.
Even years later, though, it’s a real knee slapper about Cheney shooting his buddy in the face
Kristinn—saw this and you described it well.
It was at 49 minutes in, just before his pinhead/patriots segment.
He was dismissive in tone, with a smirk.Asked what the difference was between an “elitist gasbag” versus a “regular gasbag”.
He still does not get it.
Aaaand....aaaaand....he snarked at Michelle, bloomin’, MALKIN!
BUMP for great freeping.
Thanks for the update.
Oh he gets it....he’s just full of himself.
Did O’Reilly miss that?
My teenage son is Type 1. The poster is just ignorant of the disease.
He got FRIKKIN NOWT!
Okay...O’Reilly you are the elitist Gasbag of the week....in fact you hold the title for several weeks.
I'd much rather listen to Glenn Beck, Hannity, and Rush on the radio.
O’Reilly is full of himself and an apologist for Obama.
O’Reilly is nothing but a middle of the road suck up. I’ve actually grown to detest him. I don’t know how Laura Ingraham or Ann Coulter can stand going on his show, he’s unbelieveably dense most of the time.
Mr. Robinson responds to Mr. Baxter.
I knew he wouldn’t apologize.
BO’s failure to distinguish between a post (blog entry) and a comment by a site moderator/owner is a matter of professional incompetence on BO’s part.
His failure to mention Jim Robinson’s diabetes, when that was the thrust of O’Reilly’s comment, says that BO is lacking in courage or honesty or both.
“O’Reilly agreed that both had points but that the sites should better monitor their comments as he does at his site and that O’Reilly would hold both right and left wing sites accountable.”
I think O’Blowhard should stop featuring salacious sex and porn industry stories in the guise of serious news that he is oh so “concerned” about. Think he will clean up his show and get rid of the smut?
He is nothing but a media whore. No different than Oberman.
He is un-watchable. Used to watch him several years ago. He is the most vain person on television.
O’Reilly is clueless about a lot of things: Muslims, perverts, liberals, Al Sharpton, Micheal Savage, et al.
Laura Ingram does a much better job substituting than OR.
His ACORN interview was a joke. He was softer on them than he was on Obama. Complete waste of time. Frank Luntz even called him out on it.
Elitist gasbags only eat locally sustainable, 100% Vegan, fair trade, organic bean burritos, purchased from living wage employers?
O’Reilly should have read Jim’s entire response. He is always saying that his show presents both sides. If that is the case, it would be only fair to read Jim’s entire response or invite him on the show to discuss O’Reilly’s unfair attack on FR.
And to think he was a SCHOOL TEACHER! Gawd.
*Statement made by Dr. Julianne Malveaux (now President of Bennett College) referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during an NPR roundtable. By O'Reilly's standards, everybody at NPR is as disgusting as this pig Malveaux.
I stopped watching the bloviating windbag years ago. I suggest you do the same. It does wonders for ones outlook on humanity.
Let me also mention that I only know of the guy who pisses his pants, the spitting guy who has leg tingles, and Andrea Mitchell from secondary sources, again helping my outlook on humanity.
Hey there Guen.
Yes he is full of himself. He also is self confessed Internet-phobe.
Today, in fast breaking news, he is a dinosaur by not being on the net.
He’s such a blowhard, he would last about three minutes on a thread here.
So many folks here can run rings around him intellectually.
But he’s a legend in his own mind.
A small mind is a terrible thing to waste, is it not? ;)
Well, isn't that interesting. Looks like it's up to you, Beck. And Ailes may wanna have a little chat with O'Reilly.
So, the mighty bloviator censors his responders on his site? I thought censorship was baaaaaad!
No, that would make it stop being the BOR Spin Show
At the same time I do understand that it is hard for the moderators to be able to catch all the disgusting comments that are made.
Also though it seems that Jim Robinson in some ways is no better then O'Reilly by resorting to name calling and calling him a “an elitist gasbag”. In this case neither man showed much class.
Beat me by 5 seconds.
I used to be a big fan of Laura until her interview with Arlen Specter when she was going to call him out and instead, he most condescendingly and with great derision called her a “young lady” and she rolled over, whimpering, like a whipped puppy. Ann Coulter never would have put up with that.
You can say that again. Waste of time. My head nearly exploded when the acorn lady said we live in a democracy, AND MR. KNOW IT ALL LET IT SLIDE! Does he not know we live in a REPUBLIC? How do these folks make millions and I live week to week? Sheesh!
I bet that acorn lady would have said, HUH? Whats a republic? Apparently, so would O’Reilly, since he didn’t call her on it......
He should be stocked, infinitely, with dimethicone.
BILL: By the way, we also heard from Jim Robinson who runs the right wing Free Republic and he said some personal comments do get through their filter, which is understandable happens to us too. Jim then went on to call me an elite gasbag...(cameraman chuckling along with Bill) I guess that’s better than a run-of-the-mill gasbag.
That was funny. He looked to Luntz for some reinforcement and instead Luntz called him a “Teddy Bear”. I wonder what Luntz was really thinking.
Bill OReilly is a jerk!
Honestly, folks, and I’ve watched O’Reilly for some time, and I still do listen to him while I surf the net, because my background TV is generally tuned to Fox, the quality of MOST Fox news programs has really nose-dived WITH THE EXCEPTION of the new Glen Beck show.
Whether O’Reilly, Hannity, Baird, you name it, they all use these cycled and recycled talking heads like Morris, Newt, Huck, and each other, and it just gets a little boring.
The other major failure, imho, is their use of certified spokespersons from the major party camps. No matter who they are, you can be certain that they will SPOUT ENDLESSLY their party’s talking points.
Please, please, please, OH God, please make them stop putting the mindless robots on Fox News. Please have them pick out some conservatives or liberals NOT ASSOCIATED with the parties, not Dem “consultants”, and not “Fox” associates, and let us hear what truly thoughtful people have to say.
Fair and balanced spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning....