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Mar 3, 2006

Fox blowhard and bully Bill O'Reilly may have finally lost it, thanks to Keith Olbermann and some mischievous bloggers. Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, has repeatedly awarded O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" designation during his show. Like most bullies, O'Reilly can dish it out but he can't take it so he's been stewing over Keith's antics for a few months now. And on March 2, he finally stepped over the edge. When a caller to his show the The Radio Factor, (produced by Westwood One, not Fox) simply mentioned Olbermann's name, O'Reilly issued a threat. The conversation went like this:
The caller began by telling O'Reilly, "I like to listen to you during the day." Continuing, the caller stated, "I think Keith Olbermann's show," at which point O'Reilly disconnected the call, proclaiming: "Mike is -- he's a gone guy. You know, we have his -- we have your phone numbers, by the way. So, if you're listening, Mike, we have your phone number, and we're going to turn it over to Fox security, and you'll be getting a little visit."
Turns out that the caller was Mike Stark, who described the experience on Daily Kos, as did two other bloggers. All three called the radio show and as soon as they mentioned Olbermann's name, O'Reilly hung up on them. Each of the three later received a phone call from the head of Fox Security who claimed that he'd been told they'd made several harassing phone calls to O'Reilly. Read a summary of all three of their experiences at The Political Cortex blog. Hear an audio file of one of the calls here. So in O'Reilly's version of reality, making a call to a radio show which invites people to call in and mentioning the name of someone O'Reilly dislikes most intensely constitutes harassment and will result in an intimidating phone call from the head of Fox Security. Whoa! What is wrong with this picture. Then again, it's Bill O'Reilly, who often screams "shut up!" at guests on his FOX show and has their microphones cut off when they don't comply. And let's not forget that it was O'Reilly who convinced FOX to sue Al Franken for allegedly violating what they claimed was their trademark in Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. What a humilation it must have been when the judge refused to halt distribution of Franken's book, calling FOX's lawsuit "wholly without merit, both factually and legally." I hope someone smacks him down again for this latest intimidation tactic.
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Posted: Friday March 3, 2006, 6:26 pm
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