5 June 2007

It's hard not to respond to a polemicist. But even after all that, it's noteworthy that in 2007 Bill O'Reilly was being granted an hour of airtime every week-night on "the most-watched program on cable news" (in the US); now "the number one show that dominates cable news".

Here's one of Bill O'Reilly's weekly columns from last month in which he blames the situation in Iraq on how "the Iraqi people decided not to fight for their freedom after Saddam fell." It includes a moment when Tony Blair "looked the camera straight in the eye"; and it's where we first came across this seminal question: "I mean, put your politics aside for a moment, who do you want to have dinner with, Blair or Fonda?" The Occam's razor of political thought. This must be what they call The O'Reilly Factor.