Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bill (Sixty Percent) O'Reilly, media watchdog

Geraldo Rivera and Bill O'Reilly held a symposium on Fox tonight discussing media ethics. (No joking.) "Did we make any mistakes?", asked Geraldo. If Fox had it wrong, Geraldo declared, then "everyone had it wrong." Geraldo noted that since many of the nation's leading newspapers went with"big screaming headlines" that the miners had been found alive, it was unfair to hold Fox accountable for going with the same bad information. Since everyone had it wrong, by his logic, Fox had done nothing wrong.

To his credit, Bill O'Reilly was having none of it: "Standards today are just not what they were ten years ago," he declared. O'Reilly has a point: Ten years ago, he was not on the air. On the other hand, Geraldo was in his prime... promising us the secrets of Al Capone's vault.

A final note: If you don't know why I have nicknamed Bill O'Reilly, Bill "Sixty Percent" O'Reilly, you should be spending more time watching Letterman than reading blogs. (Not to alienate any of the six readers of this blog.) Note to other bloggers: If you follow my lead, and call O'Reilly, 'ol Sixty Percent from now on, the nickname will stick.

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