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O'Reilly Tears Into the New York Times
NewsMax.com ^ | 9/03/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 09/03/2003 5:58:22 PM PDT by kattracks

Leftists never learn not to tangle with Fox News star Bill O'Reilly. When his Irish temper is aroused he can be tough, something the New York Times got a taste of last night.

The Times, which cozies up with the likes of O'Reilly foe Al Franken, recently exposed as having lied to Attorney General John Ashcroft, carried a column by Judith Maslin that says the alleged satirist "makes a bull's-eye out of Mr. O'Reilly" for having told whoppers.

In his Talking Points memo last night, O'Reilly fired back at the newspaper, which "is leading the charge to turn America into a secular nation and return political power to the left wing of the Democratic Party."

Raged O'Reilly, "Over the Labor Day weekend a New York Times reviewer named Janet Maslin attacked me in print - what else is new - but Maslin's gleeful libel demonstrates the viciousness that has enveloped the Times."

Noting the recent Jayson Blair scandal, which he said badly damaged the "troubled institution," the top-rated commentator recalled how the Times "inaccurately reported the battlefield situation in the opening days of the Iraq war." He said the Times' "hard news coverage was shaded to bolster its editorial position that the war was wrong."

"I knew that once I took on the New York Times the paper's character assassins would take dead aim on me," said O'Reilly, noting that "few journalists will ever criticize the Times. They know the paper will come after them in a very personal way. Therefore there is no check on the power of the New York Times. It prints what it wants with impunity."

He let loose at Maslin's "recycling of the bogus charges that impugn my integrity. Writes Maslin, 'Mr. Frankin makes a bulls-eye out of Mr. O'Reilly … he shows how Mr. O'Reilly's erroneous claim that he won a Peabody Award evolved into even bigger fibs once it was challenged.'

"Maslin must know by now that I never said I won a Peabody Award," O'Reilly explained. "Transcripts prove that, and the defamatory charge has been refuted time and time again. I simply defended my previous program, Inside Edition, by saying it won a Peabody. But I made a mistake. The program actually won a Polk Award. I corrected the record on March 2, 2001 and March 8, 2001 - two and a half years ago. Yet Maslin spreads the lie once again as well as hooting that I am a registered Republican -- something terrible to her - when the truth is that I changed my voting registration to Independent years ago.

"She also recycles the incredibly asinine assertion that I did not grow up where I said I grew up. My mother has lived in a Levitt house on Long Island for more than 50 years. The Arts & Entertainment 'Biography' program actually photographed the house and gave a brief history of the Levittown area. Yet this is not enough for Maslin."

Calling this "journalistic terrorism designed to punish people who hold opposing points of view," O'Reilly said he was not going to "deal with these attacks again on this program, but I will tell you that I am not alone. The New York Times actually called Mel Gibson a 'Jew-baiter' for daring to film a movie based on the passion of Jesus. The Times knows that the courts will allow this kind of libel because in this country famous people deserve no protection, but defamatory descriptions are disgraceful, and so is the Times for using them time and time again."

He concluded: "This is a high-stakes power game that influences political decision-making in America. The New York Times is pushing its far-left, secular agenda hard and will use any and all methods to hurt and diminish those who stand in its way. The culture war in America is getting bloodier. It will be interesting to see who will ultimately prevail."

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1 posted on 09/03/2003 5:58:22 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Hey, O'Reilly gets one right! Encourage him.
2 posted on 09/03/2003 6:00:24 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (More Americans 18-49 Watch The Cartoon Network than CNN!!!)
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To: .cnI redruM
It's tough to watch O'Reilly. I caught a little of his radio show today, and he's very annoyed that Bush won't talk to the "folks" about WMD in Iraq.
3 posted on 09/03/2003 6:05:25 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: kattracks
Good for O'Reilly. Its nice to see people with a set, in action. Theres too many cowards out there , as it is.
4 posted on 09/03/2003 6:08:19 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Yeah...I'm losing interest in him also. For a guy who complains about the size and waste in governmnet, I've never heard someone call on government so often to solve every problem in life. When he had a couple bad experiences at the airport, he wanted "government" to solve his problem. When charities weren't being so charitable, he wanted a new government oversight committee. Tonite, he was demanding another government mandate for fuel and energy. I can't figure this guy out.
5 posted on 09/03/2003 6:19:05 PM PDT by cwb
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To: kattracks
BUMP!
6 posted on 09/03/2003 6:26:25 PM PDT by jmstein7
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To: .cnI redruM
Finally, he gets one. Voila! O'Reilly never does his homework. He just rants. Re: Iraq, he probably has never heard of David Kaye, the weapons inspector writing up his WMD findings, having already briefed Congress.
7 posted on 09/03/2003 6:34:42 PM PDT by OESY
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I certainly would like to know about the WMD's in Iraq. I'm a registered Republican, and I feel we need to hold our elected officials accountable, regardless of ideology.
8 posted on 09/03/2003 6:35:10 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: kattracks
Leftists never learn not to tangle with Fox News star Bill O'Reilly. When his Irish temper is aroused he can be tough

Hardly. Leftists learn that it pays to tangle with O'Reilly. When his Irish temper is aroused he is capable of stupefyingly stupid actions, like suing Al Franken and giving him the #1 book in the nation for two weeks straight. Bill O'Reilly is a raving egomaniac who will eventually self-destruct.

The "Factor" is unwatchable. Olbermann is even worse. So in this house at 8pm it is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, the finest show on TV.

9 posted on 09/03/2003 7:28:18 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
amen...
10 posted on 09/03/2003 7:38:12 PM PDT by harpu
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To: montag813
The "Factor" is unwatchable. Olbermann is even worse. So in this house at 8pm it is SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, the finest show on TV.

I listened to the Savage Nation tonight from 7-10, and it was a good show. Sometimes to get away from O'Reilly I watch people buy houses on HGTV.

11 posted on 09/03/2003 7:40:08 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: montag813
Bill loves the sound of his own voice. Period.
12 posted on 09/03/2003 7:43:42 PM PDT by secret garden (giddy up)
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To: kattracks
BRAVO! I don't always like O'Reily, but he is right on with this one! The Times is doing all it can to promote leftist politics and stop the war on terror! This from a newspaper located where the WTC once stood. There are not enough words to say how much contempt I have for them.
13 posted on 09/03/2003 7:52:37 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I listened to the Savage Nation tonight from 7-10, and it was a good show. Sometimes to get away from O'Reilly I watch people buy houses on HGTV.

If you're ever in NYC, look me up. We would all get along well. I also listen to Savage and watch HGTV. "House Hunters" and "Divine Design" are particular favorites (if you can look past the hideous Canadian accents). lol

14 posted on 09/03/2003 8:03:25 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
8pm? try Kudlow & Kramer on cnbc. Literate and intelligence from Kudlow and many guests. Kramer is a democrat who seems capable of objectivity.

15 posted on 09/03/2003 8:29:19 PM PDT by ontos-on
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To: montag813
8pm? try Kudlow & Kramer on cnbc. Literate and intelligence from Kudlow and many guests. Kramer is a democrat who seems capable of objectivity.

16 posted on 09/03/2003 8:29:31 PM PDT by ontos-on
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To: montag813
8pm? try Kudlow & Kramer on cnbc. Literate and intelligence from Kudlow and many guests. Kramer is a democrat who seems capable of objectivity.

17 posted on 09/03/2003 8:29:45 PM PDT by ontos-on
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To: ontos-on
I am sorry for the multiples. Pressing the post button appeared to result in nothing; so I pressed it two more times.
18 posted on 09/03/2003 8:35:37 PM PDT by ontos-on
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To: ontos-on
Scarborough Country... HEY JOE!

Trajan88

19 posted on 09/03/2003 8:44:43 PM PDT by Trajan88
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; Gracey; Alamo-Girl; RottiBiz; bamabaseballmom; FoxGirl; Mr. Bob; xflisa; lainde; ..
FoxFan ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my FoxFan list. *Warning: This can be a high-volume ping list at times.

20 posted on 09/03/2003 8:52:46 PM PDT by nutmeg (Is the DemocRATic party extinct yet?)
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To: nutmeg
Thanks for the heads up!
21 posted on 09/03/2003 9:26:17 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: montag813
John Batchelor had a good guest on tonight:

Peter Lance who wrote
"1000 Years for Revenge--International Terrorism and the FBI
The Untold Story"

*******
So many warnings before 9/11.....I want to read the book, but first I have to get through my daughter's wedding on Nov. 1.
23 posted on 09/03/2003 10:15:25 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Yeah, O'Reilly is practically the only person still pinning for the "WMD explanation".

24 posted on 09/03/2003 10:17:58 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats have stunted brain development!)
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To: Fledermaus
He's trying very hard not to be seen as a Republican supporter. He claims to be an "independent," even though Democrats trash him for being a conservative every chance they get.
25 posted on 09/03/2003 10:22:20 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: marvlus
I certainly would like to know about the WMD's in Iraq.

Then read more. If you a registered Republican and smart enough to read and post on Free Republic then you should have more than enough information to show we were correct on WMD's.

Or were you one of those that want to see barrels of chemicals and tube of biological antigens to make the point? This was never the case being made. The case for WMD was made equally by the libs in the Clinton administration as well as the conservatives in the Bush administration as to the WMD "capability" and past usage.

We found the lab trucks they used albeit cleaned up. We found the documents that describe the program. We found buried parts in nuclear scientists back yards that were used in the nuclear program.

You can easily use the computer to search the internet for article after article on what we have and have not found.

And soon the White House will show the things we found under David Kay's inspections and info gathering. Of course the press, and probably you, will poo-poo the evidence because, as I pointed out, it's not a barrel of chemicals or a test tube full of ricin or a nuclear weapon with the timer in the movie mode of stopping at :01.

Reality isn't like that.

26 posted on 09/03/2003 10:25:37 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats have stunted brain development!)
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To: ladyinred
BRAVO! I don't always like O'Reily, but he is right on with this one! The Times is doing all it can to promote leftist politics and stop the war on terror! This from a newspaper located where the WTC once stood. There are not enough words to say how much contempt I have for them.

I like the "memo" segment - I tune in just to get that straight no chaser opinion. Then I turn the channel. BO's boring when the heads are debating, and he would need to project a more benign personality to carry off championing of causes.

But he's surprisingly good, for a big government Irishman, at expounding on the faults of socialism.

He tries to cover the gamut on a cable news/opinion show. It's too scattered. I think he should slow things down, focus exclusively and artfully on his muckraking, and target primarily abuses in lefty organizations like the NYT.

27 posted on 09/03/2003 10:28:21 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: ontos-on
Did you catch Kramer saying the other day the oil companies aren't making much money and the increase in price was justified because they haven't been able to build a new refinery for more then 10 years ! He was on MSPMS on little Krissy's show and was on fire for BIG OIL !

Since 9/11 I don't think he's a Lib anymore :)

28 posted on 09/03/2003 10:34:03 PM PDT by america-rules (I'm one proud American right now !)
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To: kattracks
The New York Times, the newspaper of record for so many news outlets BUT arn't they the ones who published made up stories? And Fox, always referring to a story published by the times, are they not hooked up with the New York Post?
29 posted on 09/03/2003 10:40:07 PM PDT by gulfcoast6 (The Clintons, remember when we were told 'TWO FOR ONE'?)
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


30 posted on 09/03/2003 10:50:23 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
So many warnings before 9/11.....I want to read the book, but first I have to get through my daughter's wedding on Nov. 1.

Congratulations and good luck! Best of wishes to your daughter and her fiance.

31 posted on 09/03/2003 11:02:34 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
John Batchelor had a good guest on tonight: Peter Lance who wrote "1000 Years for Revenge--International Terrorism and the FBI The Untold Story"

Yes, I too listened to them. It was excellent, as usual.

32 posted on 09/03/2003 11:03:19 PM PDT by montag813
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To: mahinahoku
And O'Reilly did more for Al Franken's stupid book with that idiotic lawsuit of his.
33 posted on 09/03/2003 11:09:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Fledermaus
Sounds like you have the inside track on Kay's report, since you're a smarter person than I am.
35 posted on 09/04/2003 2:37:14 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: kattracks
"the defamatory charge has been refuted time and time again"

O'Reilly seems to think he can refute a documented charge by repeating angry denials.
36 posted on 09/04/2003 2:41:23 AM PDT by ConsistentLibertarian
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To: All
-The Old Grey Info-Slut... the NYT/Jayson Blair Affair--
37 posted on 09/04/2003 2:45:52 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: kattracks
O'Reilly is a self proclaimed populist whose best selling books and highest rated prime time show illustrates that he does seem to have a knack for having his finger on the pulse of mainstream America.

He may not be conservative but he is on our side and leads the Fox charge against the marxists.


BUMP

38 posted on 09/04/2003 2:58:32 AM PDT by tm22721 (May the UN rest in peace)
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To: kattracks
BO had a good guest on last night. A guy named Posner plugging a book titled WHILE AMERICA SLEPT. Extemely good info on the house of saud, Bill Clinton, Sandy Berger, the Germans, et al, all turning a blind eye to the terrorist plotting against us and this with tons of info out there. More and more info is coming out against the slick one yet I will bet a dollar to a donut that not one major media outlet will pick it up.
39 posted on 09/04/2003 4:37:07 AM PDT by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a 100 pounds.)
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To: marvlus
Yeah, and I'm a registered Rat, and I hate all rats. This is as truthful as your so called "I'm a registered republican!"

BS! This gets really old on Free Republic. You trolls need another mantra besides "I'm a real Republican!".
40 posted on 09/04/2003 6:30:04 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (May our brave warriors kill all of the Islamokazis/facists/nazis to prevent future 9/11's.)
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To: montag813
Congratulations and good luck! Best of wishes to your daughter and her fiance.

Thanks! We have another daughter getting married June 19!

41 posted on 09/04/2003 8:03:46 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: marvlus
From your original post:

"I certainly would like to know about the WMD's in Iraq."

I think everybody would like to know about the WMD's in Iraq...but let's have some perspective. It took 4 years after the 1st Gulf War until we found Saddam's weapons cache; and that was only the result of a defector who tipped us off. As one US inspector said, "if it had not been for the informant, the UN inspectors would've never found them." And this occured just prior to the debate over giving Saddam a clean bill of health and lifting the sanctions. Aside from the fact that we've only been in Iraq for 5 months, we practically gave Saddam an 18 month window to move everything thanks to the forced diplomacy. And, we're still at war.

"I'm a registered Republican, and I feel we need to hold our elected officials accountable, regardless of ideology."

Agreed. But who are you going to hold accountable? The CIA, NSA, Bush, UN, EU, Clinton, etc. No one ever objected to this war on the basis that they didn't believe these weapons existed. On the contrary, everyone of these entities at one time or another acknowledged their existence. The dispute was over the remedy. From my perspective, it wasn't enough to merely disarm Saddam...he was the destabilizing threat. He could be weapons-free for several months only to return to his WMD program once the inspectors left...and even Scott Ritter said as much in 1998. It may seem cliche...but he was the WMD.
42 posted on 09/04/2003 8:55:22 AM PDT by cwb
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To: 7thson
Yeah...this looks like a great book. I always liked Posner's perspective on the History Channel. He spoke of Osama's refueling of his jet in Qatar and how Clinton (administration) was informed of it and how they passed on holding him. I didn't quite catch if this event was in 1996 or 1999...anybody? I also liked the story about the Arab prisoner who thought he was dealing with Saudi government officials (when they were really US officials) and how he gave them a phone number to one of the Saudi's Princes to get him released...and, who also knew that something big was going to happen on 9/11. Posner really lays into Clinton (and I thougt he was liberal), but here is where O'Reilly disappointed me again. He was basically saying Clinton shouldn't be held responsible.
43 posted on 09/04/2003 9:21:11 AM PDT by cwb
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To: Grampa Dave
What's your problem Gramps! What did I do to offend you?
44 posted on 09/04/2003 10:17:50 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: marvlus
All you have to do is read and listen to Kay himself. Around middle August it was widely reported about some of the "evidence" they are preparing to release.


45 posted on 09/04/2003 10:39:18 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats have stunted brain development!)
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