FNC’s Bill O’Reilly has been behaving relatively sanely, but that changed tonight on his program The O’Reilly Factor when he expressed his outrage at an animated political cartoon by Mark Fiore about learning to speak teabag which was posted on their website November 12, by labeling NPR a, “left wing jihadist deal.”
O’Reilly started off by calling the cartoon, “sophomoric, unfunny, stupid, and unnecessary.” He tried to get FNC’s Jane Skinner to say that the NPR website favors Obama and is liberal, but Skinner said that website also goes after Obama too.
O’Reilly then asked if the website was fair and balanced and asked if there were more things on the website that mocks conservatives than liberals? Skinner pointed out that the cartoon was labeled as opinion just like Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are on Fox News, and that she wasn’t qualified to comment on the site.
O’Reilly followed this by saying that he didn’t want any tax dollars going to fund a, “left wing jihadist deal.” Skinner replied, “I am not sure that would qualify as a jihadist deal.” O’Reilly replied, “They’re clearly mocking tea partiers.” Skinner told Bill-O, “I think you need to get some thicker skin though.”
According to O’Reilly, anything that mocks teabaggers is now jihadist. Bill-O admitted that he has never been to the website, which means that he has no basis for labeling it jihadist, other than the fact that in November it ran a cartoon that mocks teabaggers. Since O’Reilly has never been to the website, he probably has never even seen the full cartoon, but that doesn’t stop him from ranting against NPR.
Poor Jane Skinner. She was trying to be fair and balanced. She thought that she was appearing on O’Reilly show as a journalist, but instead she got to witness to a tidal wave of ignorance and crazy. However, it is good to see the old Bill O’Reilly return. Semi-sane Bill-O was really starting to creep me out.