July 26, 2004

Outfoxed and Glick

Julie came over this weekend and we all watched “Outfoxed.” It’s got some pretty amazing moments, and it pulls some of the worst biased FOX activities all together. However, you can just watch about 10 minutes of Fox News and come to the same conclusions if you’re paying attention.

The most dramatic portion of the film was when O’Reilly (the wanker) had Jeremy Glick on his show. A 9/11 family member after having lost his father, O’Reilly proceeded to verbally abuse the boy because Glick took him to task for using the memory of his father and so many others. And also because O’Reilly simply disagreed with him.

Well, if you want to read about it, here’s Lawrence Lessig’s recent appeal to O’Reilly to come to his senses, as O’Reilly continues to plumb the depths of conservative media inanity:

Mr. O’Reilly, please just stop.

Posted by James at July 26, 2004 1:06 PM
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Lessig has a clip of the Glick "interview."

Zounds! I had only read the transcript, and now that I've seen the clip, I'm angrier than ever!

My god, O'Reilly is an arrogant and rude bastard. People actually get their news from this jerk-off? Sad.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 26, 2004 2:48 PM

That video clip is amazing. O'Reilly is an even bigger asshole than I thought. And I didn't think that was possible.

Posted by: Mike at July 26, 2004 3:17 PM

Isn't it horrifying? The way he treated Glick in person was bad enough. But if I hadn't read Al Franken's book, I would never have been prepared for O'Reilly's ever-morphing description of the encounter afterwards.

Posted by: Julie at July 26, 2004 3:22 PM

An article posted on Medline from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

"A child with a history of chronic lying should be seen by a counselor, child-guidance clinic or a mental-health professional. Chronic liars often have had difficulty establishing a true conscience that can clearly differentiate between right and wrong. These children also may be crying out for help because of disturbances in their family life or outside the home."

Excerpted from "Caring for Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12" Bantam 1999

Too bad Bill never got help.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 26, 2004 4:02 PM

O'Reilly and Hannity are living testaments to the old saying that 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing'.

Both are well studied in a limited sense, but neither is very bright.

Sound like anyone else you know? (Hint: "Bring 'em on!")

Posted by: Steve at July 26, 2004 4:02 PM

Mike's comment above is exactly what the voice inside my head said when I saw the Glick interview in Outfoxed.

FOX is the Howard Stern of news. Shock journalism. You're shocked by how partisan, angry, downright mean and irresponsible it is.

It's not just O'Reilly. Fox News supports and encourages O'Reilly-like behavior.

Posted by: James at July 26, 2004 4:52 PM

So what you're saying is that they're enablers.

Do we need to call an intervention?

Posted by: Patti M. at July 26, 2004 4:58 PM

An intervention would be nice. Let's start with those "Fox and Friends" drones.

Musing on "O'Reilly-like behavior" -- I think I have a new phrase to express the particular combination of belligerence, arrogance, ignorance, and distortion that Fox espouses onscreen and, sadly, encourages in its viewers.

We'll start seeing this pop up on drug warning labels and in drug commercials. And on TVs tuned to Fox.

"WARNING: May induce O'Reilly-like behavior. Symptoms may include sputtering, cutting people off, telling people to 'shut up' shouting, an inability to separate fact from fiction, facial blotchiness, and a fear of other people's views."

Posted by: James at July 26, 2004 6:15 PM

Just caught `Outfoxed' in Oz, and, woah, it's unbelievable the standard of media that's accepted. Don't worry though, it looks like the same problem is rising here.

P.S. Sorry about Murdoch. Would you believe he is the only bad thing to come out of Australia?

Posted by: Stu from Oz at October 3, 2004 11:15 AM

Stu - what about vegemite? ;-)

Posted by: briwei at October 3, 2004 11:23 AM

I don't blame Australia.

Posted by: James at October 3, 2004 11:51 AM

and Paul Hogan?

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at October 4, 2004 9:13 AM

Hey, now. Ever since Masterpiece Theater aired a wonderful series called "A Town Like Alice," I've wanted to to to Australia (see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081949).

Bryan Brown was quite sexy in that series.

Posted by: Patti M. at October 4, 2004 12:52 PM

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