OK, I have to start watching Keith Olbermann’s show. His responses to the insane rantings of Bill O’Reilly are just too hilarious to miss.
Apparently Bill got upset with a caller to his radio show who mentioned Keith Olbermann’s name so he cut him off and then threatened to have Fox Security contact the guy’s local police department and pay him a visit:
O’REILLY: There ya go, Mike is—he’s a gone guy. You know, we have his—we have your phone numbers, by the way. So, if you’re listening, Mike, we have your phone number, and we’re going to turn it over to Fox security, and you’ll be getting a little visit.
O’REILLY: No, Maybe Mike is going to get into big trouble, because we’re not going to play around. When you call us, ladies and gentleman, just so you know, we do have your phone number, and if you say anything untoward, obscene, or anything like that, Fox security then will contact your local authorities, and you will be held accountable. Fair?
You can hear the clip listeners heard in this Media Matters entry. Word has it there’s a seven second delay on the phone lines so what made it on the air may not have been entirely what was said by the caller, but what did make it on the air could hardly be described as untoward or obscene. According to the entry at Crooks and Liars a couple of callers are reporting that they did get callbacks from someone claiming to be the head of security for Fox News:
Now from another caller:
“K, I just got a strange message left on my phone:
“Hi, this is Tony (B—y)?, head of security for Fox News. I was wondering if you could give me a call at XXX
Here’s another one:
“I got the call on the phone I used to call him from the head of Fox News security. He said that harassing phone calls were coming from my phone. I asked him how many? He did not know. I asked him what was said that was harassing? He said that he did not know but that it did not have to be what was said, but how many calls were being made. He tried to make like I made 20 phone calls instead of one, and that I cursed O’Reilly out. All I said was that I was grateful to O’Reilly for turning me on to Olberman.
Then he hung up.”
Needless to say, Olbermann hasn’t let this latest nonsense from Bill O’Reilly go unanswered. You can see the video clip over at Crooks and Liars. It’s really heartening to see someone calling O’Reilly on his bullshit for a change and I’m going to have to make a point of tuning in and catching it as it happens.
Certainly O’Reilly is free to cut people off on his show who are saying things he doesn’t like, although that hardly qualifies him to claim being open to debate and discussion, but to imply that they’re going to get in trouble with the law because they said something he didn’t like is just idiotic. We already know O’Reilly’s a pussy who can’t take what he dishes out and has a big tendency to play fast and loose with the facts, he’s like some of the hit-and-run commenters that show up on SEB on occasion, but he should at least have the balls to not hide behind vague implied legal threats simply because someone tried to inject a little reality into the fantasy-land he occupies in his head. Com’on Bill, stop being such a douchebag and grow a pair, eh?