Saturday, November 19, 2005

O'Reilly Needs to Take Some Ecstasy

Or, better, he needs a good antidepressant or SSRI. Or antipsychotic.

Hate radio spurred the Rawanda genocide. I'm just sayin'. My very calm, cool, and collected wife thinks O'Reilly needs to be taken off the air and institutionalized.

4 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

I knew he was nuts when he claimed in successive programs that he was A. a former astronaut and B. a former soldier. Of course he was neither.

It says something about the collective insanity of our nation that O’Reilly’s show is by far the most popular commentary show on TV. It also says something good about our country that O’Reilly’s viewership has shrunk from nearly 6 million to just 2 and continues to fall. Evidently the people, if not O’Reilly, are starting to take SSRIs.

The interesting question is what will happen to Fox News now that their Dear Leader’s numbers are in the toilet. Will their popularity also fall? By how much? The numbers don’t lie, and it seems pretty clear that Fox is suffering. Can CNN find the sack to fight back?

Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:35:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Speaking of sac, its entirely possible that Fox itself will follow the winds of change and start altering its programming significantly. For all his ideology, Murdoch is first and foremost a businessman.

Some of their Katrina coverage (Geraldo, Shepard) was more damning than anything else on the air, so there's hope. Of course, they'd have to significantly re-engineer their talking head lineup, I realize.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

As much as I would like to agree with you, I look at the Revera and Shepard reports as momentary lapses. They reported "miracles" in the days that followed, as if the belated arrival of some help meant that Bush had really hit a Home Run.

Fox's whole business model would have to change. That's pretty unlikely. What is more likely is that Fox will serve as a venue for Congressmen to moderate their images pre-2006. However, I doubt very seriously that Fox will become anything like a regular news network. They would never abandon their viewship like that, it would be bad business.

Sunday, November 20, 2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I think O'Reilly has been a little on edge ever since he was forced to stop his phone-sex. That's got to be very trying for him. The very sexual topography of his spacious town-house has been transformed for the worse. Even the loofah in his tub has been reduced to an exfoliation device where once before it was a totem of his imaginary sexual accumen. Please, understand this troubled genius. He needs our support.

Monday, November 21, 2005 2:33:00 PM  

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