What a great season for comedy, irony, and HYPOCRISY! The Bush-inspired era of the Right Wing Cultural Civil War has produced some of the best satire material since Clinton got a hummer in the Oval Office — and the most amazing clash of theology versus reality since the Spanish Inquisition!
First, it was Right-Wing Shill Bill Bennett, Mr. American Virtues, who turns out to be a gambling addict.
Then it was Rush Limbaugh — Right Wing Protector of American Values and “JUST SAY NO or go to prison” — who turns out to be a drug addict hustling illegal prescriptions from his maid.
Gosh, what’s next? Catholic Priests who fondle little boys? Oh, wait, never mind…
AND NOW there’s Right Wing Superstar Bill O’Reilly allegedly talking nasty to a female employee — (Who does he think he is: Justice Clarence Thomas?!)
O’Reilly is quoted ver batim in a multi-page lawsuit filed on Wednesday. (BTW: From the looks of this lawsuit, the woman apparently had the ol’ tape recorder running during many of these conversations. Surely the Right Wing Nuts will use this as justification for calling it “entrapment”, a “set-up”, etc. — which — conveniently and hypocritically — didn’t apply in Clinton-Lewinsky’s infamous Blue Dress incident.)
Bill O’Reilly!? FOX NEWS’ most POPULAR HOST?! Wha?
This is the same Bill O’Reilly who recently published a best-selling book, “The O’Reilly Factor for Kids,” which is marketed as “…the unvarnished truths about sex, money, smoking, drugs, alcohol and friends”. (The book was No. 40 in amazon.com sales Wednesday.)
I wonder if Rush helped write the chapter on drugs?
Conservatives apparently have an unlimited tolerance for hypocrisy within their own ranks, just as long as the message stays the same and serves the goals of the GOP and the Christian Far Right. The rule for “Who’s Yer Daddy” Cheney, President Pinocchio, and other GOP Values-Mongers seems to be: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
Like the example of Reverends Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker; it doesn’t matter if you pick up prostitutes on your own time — as long as you preach the word of God when you’re on the clock.
(Ya gotta admire these folks hutzpah: they can get blow-jobs from whores in cheap hotels while fighting to have the TEN COMMANDMENTS stuck in some court lobby!)
Despite the appearance of O’Reilly’s sleazy, filthy, smut talk documented in the lawsuit filed by Andrea Mackris, a 33-year-old associate producer on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the most serious story concerns alleged threats made by O’Reilly against his eternal evil nemesis Al Franken.
O’REILLY: “…If you cross FOX NEWS CHANNEL, it’s not just me, it’s Roger Ailes who will go after you. I’m the street guy out front making loud noises about the issues, but Ailes operates behind the scenes, strategizes and makes things happen so that one day, BAM! The person gets what’s coming to them but never sees it coming. Look at Al Franken, one day he’s going to get a knock on his door and life as he’s known it will change forever. That will happen one day, trust me.
Ailes knows some very powerful people and this goes all the way to the top.”
DEFENDANT: “The top of what?”
O’REILLY: “Top of the country. Look at who’s on the cover of his [Franken's] book, they’re [Bush & Cheney] watching him and will be for years. Franken’s finished, and he’s going to be sorry he ever took FOX NEWS channel on.”
The news day is young, but I suggest that the biggest story of this comedy season will be the above paragraph. IF TAPES of these words EXIST, FOX and O’Reilly are in some deep no-win shit that should amuse us for months to come, because…
THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPTIONS:
1) O’Reilly is either the BIGGEST BLOW-HARD in the universe;
2) He’s being truthful — which means Roger Ailes, Vice President Dick Cheney, and President Bush are mafioso godfathers threatening to carry out death threats against a liberal political opponent.
FOX has to publicly state that O’Reilly is an insane, lying blowhard — or they have to let the story about Godfather Ailes and the Bush Goomba threats go unaddressed.
One wonders what would happen if the shoe were on the other (liberal) foot: say it’s 1998 and Al Franken is recorded saying that Michael Moore has connections all the way to the Clinton Oval Office, and that they’re watching Rush Limbaugh and will someday “knock on his door and change his life forever.”
Think there would be a national outcry from Conservatives?
A congressional hearing?
An FBI investigation?
A 24/7 spew-fest on FOX NEWS?!
So what hath the Bush Junta wrought in four long horrible years?
“Oh what a world, what a world!” — Wicked Witch, Wizard of Oz
They took us to war based on lies.
They squandered a budget surplus.
They bankrupted the national treasure.
They encouraged the outsourcing of American jobs.
They were in office when we lost more jobs than anytime since the Great Depression.
A guy who served in Vietnam — received a Silver Star and a Purple Heart — became a chickenshit “traitor” to his nation.
A guy who dodged Vietnam by joining the National Guard and then going AWOL became a tough guy war hero who would protect Americans from the terrorist bad guys.
They tried to divide the nation based on Gay Marriage — and then feigned indignant when it was pointed out that the VP has a LESBIAN daughter.
Welcome to BushWorld, where one is daily reminded of the ancient Chinese curse:
“May You Live In Interesting Times.”
With the alleged threats from O’Reilly — and the inclusion of Roger Ailes, Cheney, and Bush in his Mario Puzo-like diatribe, this should make for some really interesting times.
I predict that by the end of the day (literally) this will be the biggest story in months. Unless someone calls up all the editors of that monolithic “liberal” press and…
“makes them an offer they can’t refuse.”