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Bill O’Reilly Out-Bullied (by, of all persons, Phil Donohue) 0

Bill O’Reilly is the true wearer of the mantle of Joe Pyne. Whenever Joe was losing an argument, he would start shouting, “I was in the Marines!” and drown out his guests and callers. Bill, of course, just keeps shouting. Apparently, he wasn’t in the Marines.

His rudeness catches a lot of people off guard, just as Joe Pyne’s did. People who are normally courteous and used to dealing with courteous persons don’t expect to be yelled at and don’t usually react coherently or effectively. Terry Gross, of NPR’s Fresh Air, an experienced and accomplished interviewer, was one of his victims; this exchange shows his tactics as effectively as any you might hear.

But when he meets someone who stands up to him and cites evidence, he seems to have trouble reacting.

You can watch it here
and read the transcript here.

Here’s a portion of the transcript.

DONAHUE: Let’s understand what’s happening here. Once again we have a woman who got to be just a little too famous for the people who support this war, a minority of the American population, by the way, and so the effort to marginalize this woman is underway and you’re helping out.

O’REILLY: I’m the leader of the pack!

DONAHUE: You’re suggesting …

O’REILLY: I’m the leader of the pack!

DONAHUE: First of all, Cindy Sheehan is one tough mother and nothing you say or anyone else is gonna slow her down.

O’REILLY: That’s fine. She has a right to …

DONAHUE: You can’t hurt her. She’s already taken the biggest punch in the nose that a woman can take.


DONAHUE: She lost a son.


DONAHUE: She’s lost a child.

O’REILLY: But look – I’m not puttin’ words in her mouth …

DONAHUE: And by the way, she is going to be at the center of one of the largest rallies since the Vietnam War. Proud, patriotic Americans who will show up in Washington this week for one of the most massive, largest demonstrations – protest demonstrations …

O’REILLY: OK. And we’ll cover it.

A number of sites refer to this exchange, but thanks to Blinq for the links.


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