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  1. Steven,

    I hate O’Reilly too — I can’t stand the sight of him, to be honest — but how is his “me versus the powerful” shtick any different than, say, that of any news anchor? What’s the difference between the cliche press claim to “speak truth to power” and O’Reilly’s boasting, other than register? Cross Dan Rather’s sanctimonious with Chris Matthews’s in-your-face style, add a dash of Joe Scarborough populism, and you get Bill O’Reilly.

    Comment by Richard Scott Nokes — Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 10:38 am

  2. I can’t stand Bill O’Reilly either. I used to watch him (about 3 years ago), but now I got fed up with him. There is no better poster boy for demagoguery than O’Reilly.

    Comment by Joe Mucia — Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 10:43 am

  3. Scott,

    First, I am not sure how critiquing O’Reilly would translate into a defense, even by omission, of the others listed. However, I will say that O’Reilly is the one who especially plays the populist card in which he is the direct and proclaimed defender of “The Folks.”

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 11:49 am

  4. O’Reilly is really just a windbag who knows how to promote himself. You nailed this one perfectly.

    Comment by The Misanthrope — Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

  5. What would media matters do without Bill O’Reilly. He keeps an entire industry in business.

    Comment by bryan — Thursday, December 8, 2005 @ 4:21 pm

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