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The cool-tempered Lawrence O'Donnell gets about as heated up as I've seen him in this satisfying rip on FOX News and Bill O'Reilly.

Says O'Donnell: 

"Here's what I see when I look at Bill O'Reilly. A very, very, very rich man who has grown phenomenally rich by playing a character on TV that the most gullible audience in the history of television falls for…"

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  1. "Cool tempered"?!?! Ask Marc Thiessen about that. Or when he had to apologize for the racial overtones as to Michael Steele's "dancing as fast as he can". Or when he got yanked off "Morning Joe" live because he was so out of control.

    Beck and Olbermann are insane, and I'm not a fan of O'Reilly; however, he has something none of them do and that is ratings.

    I'm sure both people watching the self-avowed "European socialist" rant were thrilled. I think it's called the "Rage of the Drowning Man".

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Feb 15, 2011 10:51:12 AM


  2. How is it a virtue that a propagandist like O'Reilly on a network designed intentionally to misinform has better ratings than the people who tell the truth? Besides, Fox is everywhere in every market, which is a great tragedy and a triumph or corruption, so, of course, his ratings are better compared to lesser networks -- how could they not be? We all know this, don't you? You're posted these thoughts before and they still make no sense.

    Posted by: justme | Feb 15, 2011 10:58:20 AM


  3. Irish guys? Haha, ok. Arab guys like me? White guys like you?

    Posted by: Alhamdu | Feb 15, 2011 11:01:25 AM


  4. Colbert had a great bit last night on that schmuck O'Reilly. That poll about Fox News watchers matches what the Pew poll said years ago, they are the most ill-informed people in this Country, I know, my family is among them.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 15, 2011 11:07:01 AM


  5. LincolnLounger, any input on the content of what O'Donnell said? Any input on the borderline retardation of O'Reilly's arguments?

    Posted by: Wes | Feb 15, 2011 11:17:01 AM


  6. When I look at O'Reilly, I see a limp rubber bag that is used to clean and refresh the uterine linings of old women with either Summer's Eve or a vinegar mixture.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 15, 2011 11:30:00 AM


  7. Hey Lincolnlounger--you know what else gets ratings? Two and a Half Men. The fact that there are a lot of stupid people who watch Blowhard O'Reilly's show just shows how sad this country is.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 15, 2011 11:38:02 AM


  8. @ Lincolnlounger: How can you even equate Beck and the MSNBC anchors? "Beck and Olbermann are crazy." Olbermann may be hot-headed and florid in his language, but he is never spouting outright fiction, the way Beck does. And how about Rachel Maddow and Beck? One is a Rhodes Scholar and the other never went to college, although he puts on a faux-professorial demeanor - chalkboard included. MSNBC has an editorial bent; but Fox News is more than bent, it's broken.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 15, 2011 12:04:28 PM


  9. Good Lord, I never wanted to be the defender of Fox News; however, they very often have commentators addressing both sides of a subject -- very unlike MSNBC. Specifically, Olbermann and Matthews, who can only tolerate a "hallelujah chorus".

    Fox at least has liberal and Democrat "contributors" who give you another perspective. Ed Rendell is the perfect example. MSNBC shoves Scarborough in the a.m. and Buchanan is just a tired clown.

    For the record, I think Maddow, with whom I often disagree (and she drives me crazy with all that smirking), is well thought out, researched, and reasoned. I think Anderson Cooper and Greta Van Susteren are good, too. It's not fair to paint either network with a broad brush, just as we don't like all gay people referred to in the same way.

    Without being the Fox News defender, my point is that O'Donnell, who revels in calling himself a "socialist" and "far to the left" of liberals, is hardly "cool tempered", mainstream, or fair.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Feb 15, 2011 12:19:22 PM


  10. I am NO fan of Bill O'Reilly. I can't stand watching him, and have long suspected that he doesn't have any actual beliefs but will happily rant on whatever he believes will get him ratings and line his pockets. I can't watch even a moment of his show without feeling ill.

    That said, calling Lawrence O'Donnell "cool-tempered" is the biggest laugh I've had in weeks. Ask Cathy Seipp (well, the late Cathy Seipp). Ask Joe Scarborough. Ask anyone who listened to his error-filled rant about the Virginia Tech shootings. The guy LOVES to yell and is about as self-righteous as they come, to boot.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 15, 2011 12:27:12 PM


  11. It has always been my suspicion that there are alot of discreet homoconservatives..and reading some of the bizarre equations of some of the commentators, it is clear. I have just one question, who put the moon there?

    Posted by: MontyMonty | Feb 15, 2011 12:35:37 PM


  12. Commentary on the commentary on the commentary. How meta. I suppose it is satisfying. However, one can't help but notice that his ratings aren't o'lielly's, and that o'lielly doesn't concern himself with these kinds of criticisms in the same time slot. Apparently there is a demand for people who watch such entertainment news on msnbc to be reassured that they are in the right, and that fox news is terrible and that the people who watch fox news are terrible. Keith Olbermann did the same thing to similar effect, and this odonnell character is taking a play out of that book. As far as manufacturing issues, this is tame compared to the status quo at fox.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 15, 2011 12:39:04 PM


  13. Thank you, President Bartlet's father.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Feb 15, 2011 12:44:08 PM


  14. "Fox at least has liberal and Democrat 'contributors' who give you another perspective. Ed Rendell is the perfect example."

    Democrat? Hey, you went out of your way to capitalize it so you wouldn't forget the talking point. How about Republicants? Can't create jobs, can't address the issues coherently or accurately, e.g., fed monetary policy, health insurance reform, and actual rate of inflation. Yeah, we need a fiscal contraction in one of the worst economic downturns since the great depression...because that's not what the american people want according to polling data. Brilliant!

    So fox has token liberals and democrats on...who happen to be almost without exception unintelligent to feed the entertainment narrative. And msnbc gives time to republicant strategists with democratic strategists. And they say yay and nay, too...like the tides, these people are. And for you to refer to either is another perspective belies a great misunderstanding of the irreconcilable polarization that characterize the farce of contemporary political debate.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 15, 2011 12:49:40 PM


  15. The "ratings" comparison is always a stupid one...here is why.
    Overwhelmingly, all Fox News viewers, ONLY wtahc Fox News. They wouldnt never watch any of the other programs. Conservatives seek out only what backs up their already biggoted and uniformed views. By en large, more progressive people diversify their viewing, reading (a conservative kryptonite), internet, and several news channels. If you add it all up, O'Reily's lil dog and batshit pony show is a speck. But yes, lets continue to compare Billo's ratings (average 3.5 million per nite) to lets say...Jersey Shore (8-9 million per episode) Thats probably the same level of education for each programs viewers as well.
    And we know there are a bunch of GayCons on here, apologists whom do whatever they can to make a case for their furors.

    Posted by: JT | Feb 15, 2011 1:05:29 PM


  16. @Lincolnlounger--Olbermann is insane?? Please give an example. He has delivered some of the most eloquent and insightful commentary in the last decade. When has he ever said anything that was a lie, or even untrue, without correcting himself on air--on the rare occasion when he has made a mistake? That can not be said for Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, and the rest of the Faux clowns.
    You can not get away with equating Beck and Olbermann, living breathing THINKING people see right through that nonsense.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Feb 15, 2011 1:06:55 PM


  17. ".....an argumentative Irish guy who can't back up anything......"
    Whoa, wait up......
    We Irish are completely ashamed of any association with this pathetic bigot, we regard O'Reilly as scum of the earth.

    There are good Irish guys out here, and O'Donnell you are one of them.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 15, 2011 1:14:08 PM


  18. Straight words. Good. But I still prefer news channel focusing on the news.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 15, 2011 1:16:45 PM


  19. Lincoln Lounger: Sorry buddy, you're misinformed about MSNBC. Keith seldom had a dissenting voices on his show, it's true, but Matthews regularly hosts some of the most belligerent Right Wing nuts (cf Ron Christie http://letfreedomrain.blogspot.com/2009/02/ron-christie-is-name-i-cant-say.html). Lawrence O'Donnell is not afraid to debate anyone and will host and has hosted anyone who is not afraid to face him. Rachel begs Right Wingers to come on her show to face her.

    The Fox News "opposition" are mostly paid hacks to play along with the Fox News narrative. "On this one I agree with you bill, my left wing friends are totally wrong this time." Though to give credit where credit is due, O'Reilly is not afraid to take on Lefties (he's been on Bill Maher and Jon Stewart). You're right about him at least a little. But characterizing MSNBC as only tolerating a chorus of hallelujah's is off base. IMHO.

    Posted by: Dave L | Feb 15, 2011 1:23:16 PM


  20. Just Me:
    "How is it a virtue that a propagandist like O'Reilly on a network designed intentionally to misinform has better ratings than the people who tell the truth?"

    It has always been the case. You've heard of the lowest common denominator? That is the principle at work there. They have found a way to tap into the lowest common denominator and then trumpet their success with the uninformed and uneducated as evidence of reliability.

    Just remember, you know who kicks O'Reilly's butt week after week? Sponge Bob Square Pants. It's true. look it up. :)

    Posted by: Dave L | Feb 15, 2011 1:29:17 PM


  21. Anyone who thinks that O'Donnell is "cool tempered" has never watched his show. He is frequently argumentative with his guests, and will hammer them on a point without giving them a chance to answer. He comes across as arrogant, with an "repect meh authoritay" attitude.

    His show can't be canceled fast enough for me.

    Posted by: Talisman | Feb 15, 2011 1:36:00 PM


  22. Comparing Olbermann to any of the rightwingnuts always gets me upset, because I have watched Keith's show for some time, and appreciate his reasoned and researched pieces, so unlike Fox's people. O'Donnell is cool tempered because he does not show the emotion others do. But he does hold the talking heads' feet to the fire, and he does hammer a point home, especially when that person is doing the usual poliician dance around the issues. Arrogant? Watch any of the rightwingnuts. THAT is arrogant, and misinformed.

    Posted by: Reggie | Feb 15, 2011 2:18:15 PM


  23. I was actually kind of offended by the "Irish guys" comment. What does that have to do with anything? There are overbearing types of any ethnicity... too many of them, unfortunately.

    Aside from that... O'Donnell should know why O'Reilly thinks MSNBC is "anti-American." MSNBC is an ebil librul organization, and they're the competitors to the real American channel... and all competitors to that channel are elitist, anti-American snobs. (I wish I could say that's sarcasm, but I actually think that's how the O'Reilly's of the world think.)

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 15, 2011 2:19:05 PM


  24. @lincolnlounger

    i believe that he has described himself as a social democrat. i don't recall him ever calling himself "european" anything.

    Posted by: johnathan | Feb 15, 2011 3:46:14 PM


  25. Oh, snap.

    Posted by: Rebel Agenda | Feb 15, 2011 4:22:48 PM


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