What I Told the TV Critics

Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly.  Thank you for watching us tonight.

As promised, a report on my meeting with some of the nation's TV writers out in California.  That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.

Shepard Smith and I met with the critics on Saturday morning, and I must say most of them seemed to be fair, but you never know until you see the articles.

I made three main points.  First, the print press has written tons of articles about NBC anchorman Brian Williams but very little about Shepard Smith.  Yet Smith murders Mr. Williams in the ratings.  What's that all about?

Nobody had an answer.

I also told the writers that most times I see my name in print, there's an adjective in front of it, blowhard, combative, acerbic, whatever.  But the principal adjective used is conservative, as in "The Boston Globe" calling me a conservative hatchet man.

Now, if you want to think I'm conservative, fine.  But if you're going to label, then label everybody.  Bill Moyers has agreed to do a new PBS program, but not one article called him "the liberal Bill Moyers," not one.

Never have I seen "the liberal Geraldo Rivera" or "the liberal Jeff Greenfield."  I asked the critics why.  Nobody had an answer.

Then there's the National Public Radio.  Almost every media writer has referred to the Fox News Channel as being a conservative network, but I've never seen an article calling NPR a liberal network, which it certainly is, and it uses taxpayer money to shove that view across and censor the opposition.

Fox, on the other hand, consistently seeks out all points of view, including the conservative take on things.  Since you rarely hear the right on the other established networks, of course Fox is going to seem tilted that way.  But if you log it, just as much liberal opinion is presented here as conservative, and that's a fact, not an opinion.

Anyway, those were my main points with the nation's TV writers.  We'll see how the articles turn out.

And a little later on on The Factor, we'll report on why some conservatives are angry with the Fox hirings of Rivera and Van Susteren.

And that's the memo.

The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day,"

Time now for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day." The FOX Saturday Night  satire program Mad TV did a sendup of The Factor this week.  It was very funny.  Here's a clip. 


UNIDENTIFIED MALE:  Hi.  I'm Bill O'Reilly.  Thanks for watching.  Well, the ratings are in and once again The O'Reilly Factor is number one.  That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.

Now as many of you know, talking points believes there are reasons why viewers are flocking to The Factor.  And the reason quite simply is me.  Why?  I'm tough.  Larry King, you're not tough.  Tough on the eyes maybe.  Chris Matthews is tough to listen to.


O'REILLY:  Now we can't show you any more, because the language is a bit over the top.  But congratulations to Michael McDonald for a nice piece of work.  It was ridiculous, but it was hilarious.

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