Wednesday, June 11, 2008

O'reilly Ambush Fallout

By: Harry Waisbren

Earlier today I wrote about how Bill O'reilly's producer got absolutely ridiculed while trying to ambush Bill Moyers at the National Conference for Media Reform. Keith Olbermann, whose show's ratings have now surpassed Bill O'reilly's, covered this in all it's hilarious glory last night on countdown, which can be seen here:

Despite the widespread disdain for such ludicrous tactics, Billo still went along with his heavily edited hit piece on Moyers. Think Progress got the video of the creative editing as well as the expert analysis from a "body language expert":

Think Progress notes how:

The reporter, Porter Barry, accused Moyers of not “having the courage” to come
on the O’Reilly Factor. Moyers replied, “I will come on Bill O’Reilly’s show after
he accepts my invitation to come on my show
, unedited, a whole hour. I’ll
give him a whole hour.” He added, “But let’s see if that message gets on the

Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly chose to air only a tiny portion of the
ambush on his show Monday night. He praised Barry’s performance, saying “he
handled himself well.” O’Reilly’s “body language expert,” Tonya Reiman, agreed,
saying that Barry “handled
himself beautifully
.” Unsurprisingly, O’Reilly used the segment to launch
personal attacks on Moyers:

– “Now, it doesn’t matter what he says. It’s
just pure rank propaganda.”

– “Isn’t that rude? No, really?”

–“Look, he’s a real fanatic, this Moyers. He’s like a crazy guy.”

–“Moyers is scary.”

Bill Moyers: the scary rude fanatic crazy guy that we all must fear. That description kind of reminds me of this guy:

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