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Bill O’Reilly, the resident blowhard at Murdoch’s Fox News, the darling of the Limbaugh/Drudge-following right, has, as one of my grandmothers would have put it, airs above his station.

O’Reilly pretends to be objective when he is anything but. Worse, he pretends to be a journalist when, in fact, many of us remember his tabloid TV days. He was younger, thinner and probably not as rich but he was already a blowhard. As this clip from Inside Edition shows us, he has quite a temper and vocabulary, his favorite word beginniing with F.

He might like to pretend his station is 59th and Lex, but we know it’s closer to 23rd and Seventh. Before gentrification.

Thanks to College Humor for rescuing this after it was taken down elsewhere.
Related: the O’Reilly photo in Political lolz.

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You know an ad is over the top when it prompts a New York Times editorial  called A Shameful, Ugly Ad:

Manipulative. Shameful. Race-baiting. Those are the only words to describe a new television ad from the Republican Party running in North Carolina that attacks Senator Barack Obama as “too extreme” for the state.

John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, has condemned the ad and demanded North Carolina Republican leaders pull it off the air, which they have not done. In fact, their website has been soliciting donations to keep it on the air.

The ad is built around the racist “God damn America” rhetoric of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but as The Times points out:

But that’s not what this ad is about. The assertion that Mr. Obama is “just too extreme for North Carolina” is a clear bid to stir bigotry in a Southern state. The ad’s claim that its target is actually two Democratic gubernatorial candidates who endorsed Mr. Obama is ludicrous.

The editorial also says, “Unless Mr. McCain quickly gets control of his party, we fear there will be worse to come.”

So. Do. We. 



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