Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly picked a fight
on Monday and this morning
he got one. In his ongoing effort to defend his network's "Fair and
Balanced" motto, he targeted Time magazine columnist Joe Klein who
said, "FOX News peddles a fair amount of hateful crap. Some of it
borders on sedition. Most of it -- much of it flat out untrue."
On his broadcast, O'Reilly labeled Klein a "coward" who was "scared" to come on his show and explain himself:
Even though he has plenty of space, Klein fails to illustrate his
point, providing no examples of what he says is untrue. So I, being a
fair kind of guy, gave Klein a chance to come on the factor and see if
could provide backup - to make his case specifically rather than
irresponsibly. A TIME publicist told us 'Mr. Klein is unavailable.'
Sure, truth is, Mr. Klein is scared.
But this morning Klein responds
on his blog from Pakistan—apparently unaware that O'Reilly ever invited him on his show:
Greetings from Pakistan. I arrived to learn that Bill O'Reilly
claimed I was "afraid" to talk to him about the hateful crap his
colleagues at Fox are peddling. Sorry Bill, I was aloft, not afraid.
Actually, I've enjoyed the times O'Reilly has had me on his show. He's
also a Mets fan, which counts for something with me.
Klein then offers the takedown of Fox News that O'Reilly had solicited:
I'd suggest that Bill spend some time watching his colleagues Sean
Hannity and Glenn Beck. I'd suggest he check out what Beck's been
saying about death panels, the public option, czars, moderates like
out the dictionary, Klein then defines the word sedition ("Incitement
of discontent or rebellion against a government") and puts it in
I'd say that the constant wink-wink implications that the President
is (a) a communist or socialist, (b) not an American, (c) maybe a
Muslim, (d) a friend of terrorists, (e) a front man who is taking
orders from...others, (f) committed to misreading or abrogating the
Constitution of the United States or (g) a threat to our basic
institutions--these approach sedition.
You want to criticize the public option, fine. You want to rail against
the stimulus and bailouts, fine. You want to say Obama is dithering on
Afghanistan, fine. We should be debating those issues. But the stuff
that's spewing from O'Reilly's colleagues is way out of bounds, and
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