In 2003, satirist Al Franken caught O'Reilly in a whopper of a lie at a book expo. O'Reilly had previously claimed on several occasions that he'd won a Peabody award for work he'd done while on the tabloid TV show Inside Edition. Franken pointed out how the show had actually won one Polk Award for a segment that had aired a full year after O'Reilly had left the program. The host of the O'Reilly Spin Zone predictably blew his top, and later lobbied Faux News lawyers to sue Franken. Not for libel or slander, mind you, which you might think he'd do if Franken had actually said something false about O'Reilly in print. No no no, Faux News--without a shred of evidence to support such a suit--sued Al over the title of his book, Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At the Right. For copyright infringment.
The suit was literally laughed out of court, and rightly so.
This is the kind of vindictive piece of shit Bill O'Lielly is; when he's caught in a lie he can't spin his way out of, he tries to bully the messenger into craven submission.
Lately he's been going after MSNBC's Keith Olbermann for regularly catching the King of Spin in flat out lies and reprehensible acts ranging from racist remarks to trash-talking liberals. And since Olbermann is safe behind the protective veil of MSNBC, there's nothing O'Reilly can do, like edit out content he doesn't like (as he does for his own show). Billy-boy has even taken to trying to petition MSNBC to replace Olbermann with the less-than-stellar-ratings-bringer Phil Donahue. The boy just can't take the heat.
Up until now, this little feud between Olbermann and O'Lielly had remained generally confined to just the two of them. But now, according to media watchdog Media Matters For America, O'Reilly has now threatened a caller who phoned in to his radio show and committed the unspeakable "crime" of mentioning Olbermann's name on the air.
On the March 2 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor, host Bill O'Reilly threatened to turn over the personal information of a caller to "Fox security" because the caller mentioned MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. As Media Matters for America has noted, in recent weeks, Olbermann has repeatedly awarded O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" designation during his show, MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. O'Reilly has responded, on several occasions, by asserting that MSNBC "is a true ratings disaster." The caller began by telling O'Reilly, "I like to listen to you during the day." Continuing, the caller stated, "I think Keith Olbermann's show," at which point O'Reilly disconnected the call, proclaiming: "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."And this poor schmuck didn't even appear to have the chance to say anything critical yet alone in support of Olbermann.
Weird, huh? Not really.
See, O'Lielly has made a habit of being very careful to avoid naming people he has a feud with, outside the strict confines of his control. During his feud with Franken, he kept referring to the satirist as "Stuart Smalley," a character the comedian had portrayed on the TV sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. And he absolutely refuses to let anyone mention the actual names of his most hated enemies on either his TV or radio liefests.
Of course Olbermann has in fact been consistently higher in the ratings than O'Lielly would have his viewers believe. And Olbermann has enjoyed tremendous fun ripping Billy-boy's lies to ribbons on the air. Probably because the liar makes it so easy.
What is sad about the pathetic host of the All-Spin Zone is that he really has no reason to complain. Word to the unwise: if you don't like being called a liar, Billy-boy, it helps if you don't lie on a daily basis. It's simply a joke for you to whine about being called a liar if you are in fact a pathological liar. My advice to you is to grow up, quit your damned lying and spinning, and cease trying to bully people. Because it isn't working, and all it does is make you look like more of a horse's ass than you already are.