I seem to spend more time defending people I don’t like than I do praising people that I do like these days. Perhaps it’s just me being contrary. Perhaps it’s still that small voice from when I was a child and wailed, often, “that’s not fair.”
Yesterday I was defending, sort of, Donald Trump. He is a man I detest. I can think of little, if anything about the man I like. Yet I find so much of the petty attacks against him even smaller-minded and dishonest than he is. I cry foul when I see that.
When I dislike someone, especially when I dislike them intensely, I like to at least think that I am a better person with more integrity and honesty. Many of the Trump detractors self-righteously attack him and show themselves as no better in the honesty and integrity department than Trump.
After witnessing the day long trial by media and others about the fall of Bill O’Reilly, my fairness meter is hitting the red zone again.
I don’t like Bill O’Reilly. I never watched his show. I saw only a few small clips that convinced me that he was not someone that I was interested in watching. Just not my cup of tea. A blowhard IMO.
So why am I talking about him now? Because I don’t like pile-ons and I don’t trust many of the people who were part of his take-down. Media Matters was heavily involved in the departure of many of his advertisers.
I don’t know if Bill O’Reilly really is a serial sexual harasser – but I do know that Media Matters is a scum bag outfit headed by a man named David Brock who is worthy of more than dislike. Personally I detest him. So that’s for a start.
Media Matters for America is a far-left activist organization with strong ties to Hillary Clinton founded by David Brock. It was created primarily to censor conservative media through blacklisting and intimidation of advertisers and attack the Clinton organization’s opponents. Media Matters has the persistent and unenviable task of undoing and explaining away public perceptions generated by the Clinton’s words and actions.
Brock also works for American Bridge 21st Century, which he co-founded with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Lt. Governor of Maryland and eldest child of former US Attorney General and US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Sidney Blumenthal, the original creator of the birther movement narrative aimed at demonizing Barack Hussein Obama on behalf of the Clinton organization, has also been closely associated with Media Matters.
Media Matters claims its goal is to highlight what it considers conservative “misinformation” in mass media organizations. Media Matters operates as a perpetual Clintonesque “war room” by targeting prominent conservative public officials, public television personalities, Fox News, and conservative talk radio.
Anyone with a mind to be fair would look askance at someone on the right being targeted by Media Matters. That they now have the scalp of the “King” of cable news has them celebrating loud and proud.
Is Bill O’Reilly a serial harasser? I don’t know and neither does many of his detractors who are celebrating him being taken down. Not for what he may have done, but because they don’t like him.
A lot of the celebrating is being done by the #NeverTrump crowd that hates FOX and O’Reilly for supporting Trump. So although the hate is actually second hand the joyfulness at his downfall is not.
They are also rejoicing that many of the older crowd, those they hold most responsible for Trump being in office, right behind the Democrat cross-over voters, will no longer be able to watch him. Why they care who this large group of seniors watches is beyond me but pettiness doesn’t need a reason.
The story also goes that Rupert Murdock has given up his defiance about O’Reilly and given in to pragmatism. At least that’s the way the NYT, a former newspaper, is selling the story.
Rupert Murdoch stood behind his top American asset, the anchor Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, for years, shrugging off a sexual harassment scandal in the mid-2000s and multiple complaints about Mr. O’Reilly’s behavior that surfaced behind closed doors.
Mr. Murdoch prizes loyalty and profits, both of which Mr. O’Reilly brought him in droves. And Mr. Murdoch disdains the politically correct mores of the media world, relishing any chance to defy liberal detractors who might challenge his success.
But Mr. Murdoch, 86, has also proved, time and again, that he is a pragmatist at his core — at least, when his hand is forced. Roger E. Ailes, the Fox News creator who generated billions of dollars for Mr. Murdoch, is gone. News of the World, the famed tabloid newspaper at the heart of a hacking scandal, is closed.
The NYT, a former newspaper, can barely contain it’s glee and it shows through in the following paragraph:
Mr. Murdoch, who often resists outside pressure, was also being counseled by his sons, James and Lachlan Murdoch, who are the top executives at 21st Century Fox and are intent on steering the family ship far into a new century, with new standards of workplace behavior.
Note the “new standards of workplace behavior” phrase. As if the sons of Rupert will rise to the standards of the scummy NYT, a former newspaper.
Behind the barely contained reveling is the fact that the sons of Rupert are reportedly very liberal and the intent is not so much to steer the media empire to new standards of behavior as to steer the empire to the left. With FOX on the left any voice even vaguely slanted to the right on television is dead.
Once again, I don’t know if Bill O’Reilly is guilty as charged. Nor do most of those dancing at his demise. I do know that those that helped to bring him down are not to be trusted.
Listening to Glenn Beck, who knows O’Reilly well and has traveled with him extensively doing their “show” in the past I saw a different man than the one being talked about the past few days.
I watched a clip of Anderson Cooper interviewing Kirsten Powers. It seems she had a horrible experience with O’Reilly. He had the audacity to tell a blond joke and no one would make him apologize to her.
CNN used her, and she consented to be used to taint Bill O’Reilly. They owe her far more of an apology than he did. She just isn’t smart enough to realize it.
I don’t like Bill O’Reilly. But I don’t take any pleasure in what is happening to him. I don’t think, at least with the information I have now, that its fair.
I can hear an echo from my distant past and my mother’s voice telling me once again, that life isn’t fair. And I still don’t like it.