POETRY FRIDAY: Bill O., A Rhyming Rant About Bill O’Reilly

PoetryFridayButtonBy Elaine Magliaro

BillOReillyJesusPoor Bill O’Reilly! Everybody’s pickin’ on him…claiming he’s not telling the truth about a number of his intrepid escapades as a journalist. His former co-workers just keep piling it on!

All the news about Bill O’Reilly’s lies jogged my memory. I had forgotten that I had written some poems about him several years ago. Here’s one of them

Bill O.: A Rhyming Rant about Bill O’Reilly
By Elaine Magliaro

Bill O., Bill O., Bill O’Reilly
Thinks he’s savvy, brilliant, wily…
Thinks his TV program rocks
‘Cause he’s the ratings king at Fox!

He’s a blowhard; he’s dogmatic.
His verbal cancer’s metastatic!
Bill O. likes to sputter, rant—
But when he’s wrong, he won’t recant.

Bill’s his own best adulator.
He’s a pompous bloviator…
A smarmy, smug intimidator…
A nasty, vile expectorator
Of speech that’s meant to anger, rile.
He’s one great big bag of bile!!!

FURTHER READING

Bill O’Reilly and the Truthiness Defense (Time)

Bill O’Reilly: I Said I Saw Nuns Being Shot Because I Saw Photos Of It (TPM)

Another shoe drops: Bill O’Reilly’s ex-colleagues call his L.A. riot stories ‘completely ficticious’ (Raw Story)

Does Fox News Blowhard Bill O’Reilly Really Have “His Own Brian Williams Problem?” (Flowers for Socrates)

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19 Responses to POETRY FRIDAY: Bill O., A Rhyming Rant About Bill O’Reilly

  1. Mike Spindell says:

    Haiku for Billo

    A man without taint
    William O’Relly ain’t
    Career ends this Spring

  2. Elaine M. says:

    Mike,

    I didn’t know that you had a bit o’ the bard in you!

  3. bigfatmike says:

    Finally, high culture that even I can appreciate!

    Who would have thought, Bill O’Reilly muse and inspiration to a generation!?

  4. bettykath says:

    Elaine, I didn’t know you liked the bloviator so much 😉

  5. Elaine M. says:

    bettykath,

    Bill’s my macho man hero. Here’s a video that may help you understand why he makes my heart go all aflutter every time I see him on the teevee.

  6. gbk says:

    Many were there before us:

  7. Elaine M. says:

    Six Former Colleagues Say Bill O’Reilly Also Lied About Being ‘Attacked By Protesters’ During LA Riots
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/27/bill-oreilly-los-angeles-riots-story-guardian_n_6768636.html

    Excerpt:
    Several former colleagues now claim that Bill O’Reilly also lied about his experience covering the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

    O’Reilly has on occasion referenced an incident when he and his crew had to take cover during his time as a host for “Inside Edition.” “They were throwing bricks and stones at us,” O’Reilly claimed in a 2006 interview. “Concrete was raining down on us. … The cops saved our butts that time.”

    But six people who worked alongside the Fox News host in California at the time told the Guardian that they have no recollection of being attacked by protesters.

    “It didn’t happen,” said Rick Kirkham, the lead reporter on the riots for “Inside Edition.” “If it did, how come none of the rest of us remember it?”

    In addition to Kirkham, crew members Bonnie Strauss, Tony Cox, Theresa McKeown, Bob McCall and Neil Antin also told the Guardian that O’Reilly had exaggerated an altercation that took place with a single person.

  8. Inga (Annie) says:

    Someone should set that to music Elaine.😝

  9. gbk says:

    Elaine,

    I thought this was a poetry thread. 😉

    Though many might consider my earlier contribution irrelevant, it requires no reading. 😉

  10. Elaine M. says:

    gbk,

    Information about Bill O’Reilly’s lies read like poetry to me.

    Here’s a roundup for you:

    Here’s Every Claim Made Against Bill O’Reilly So Far
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/27/bill-oreilly-every-claim-so-far_n_6760320.html

    • bigfatmike says:

      You may have covered this. But I think others might appreciate it even if they have seen it before.

      From the front page of the WAPO today we have one of my very favorite quotes for O’Reilly:

      “I’ve been there,” he once said. “That’s really what separates me from most of these other bloviators. I bloviate, but I bloviate about stuff I’ve seen. They bloviate about stuff that they haven’t.”

      At least O’Reilly seems to be trying to bring us all together in common agreement that he does bloviate. Who could disagree with that?

  11. Elaine M. says:

    bfm,

    Here’s some news for you:

    Bill O’Reilly Ratings Rise: Amid Mother Jones, Media Matters Reports, Fox News Host Draws Larger Audience
    http://www.ibtimes.com/bill-oreilly-ratings-rise-amid-mother-jones-media-matters-reports-fox-news-host-draws-1831488

    Excerpt:
    The media keeps piling on Bill O’Reilly, and so do viewers. Amid mounting criticism of his past “war zone” recollections, the Fox News firebrand delivered his highest ratings of the year, Nielsen Media data shows. Last Monday night’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” in which the television-show host addressed some of the criticism lodged against him last week by Mother Jones magazine, averaged 3.3 million viewers, up 14 percent from 2.9 million the previous Monday.

    This is not the first time a controversy has helped boost O’Reilly’s audience. In 2004, his audience rose 30 percent amid allegations that he sexually harassed a colleague, CBS News reported at the time.

    Viewership of news programming is notoriously unpredictable and typically fluctuates with specific news events. But for much of this week, O’Reilly himself was the news — the target of one attack after another from media outlets and former colleagues who accused him of embellishing or flat-out lying about his role in past news events.

  12. Elaine M. says:

    99 times Bill O’Reilly lied to America
    http://www.dailydot.com/politics/bill-oreilly-long-list-of-lies/

    Excerpt:
    Here, we report 99 falsehoods from Bill O’Reilly (not an exhaustive list). You decide what was a lie and what is merely a tendency to shout and repeat things when corrected. O’Reilly is a pro at both.

    O’Reilly bragged repeatedly he won two Peabody Awards hosting Inside Edition in the 90s. He won zero.

    O’Reilly bragged that, woops, he actually had won a Polk Award hosting Inside Edition. He won zero of those, too. To be specific, the show did win that award—a year after O’Reilly stopped hosting.

    O’Reilly then said he never claimed to have won a Peabody Award. He actually did make that claim, repeatedly, using the award as proof that Inside Edition was not a tabloid show but very good journalism. He later admitted to making the original Peabody claim, but now he just says the Peabody guys are unfair liberals.

    Repeatedly claiming he’s “an average guy,” O’Reilly has claimed that he “came from nothing” and “you don’t come from any lower than I came from on the economic scale.” Actually, O’Reilly’s mother has repeatedly talked to the press about regular vacations the family took to Florida, that O’Reilly went to private school and college, and that they lived in an affluent New York suburb.

    Early in the Iraq war, O’Reilly started a boycott of French goods in protest of the lack of French support for the war. In April 2004, O’Reilly said “they’ve lost billions of dollars in France according to the Paris Business Review.” Such a publication doesn’t exist, first of all, and trade between the U.S. and France actually increased in the time between the war’s beginning and that statement. O’Reilly continued to brag about that “successful” boycott for years afterwards.

    In an attempt to explain European opposition to the Iraq war, he said European media—the U.K., in particular—consists of state-controlled organizations led by liberal governments that deliver anti-American “propaganda.” In the U.K., meanwhile, the BBC was struck hard by controversy because they published reports embellishing the threat Iraq posed that misleadingly promoted the war—the same errant tale championed by the Bush administration. The chairman resigned.

    • Mike Spindell says:

      Elaine,

      O’Reilly, a blustering bastard, is unfortunately all too typical of the “newsmen” of corporate TV. Their “reportage”, if you can even call it that, is merely an expression of their points of view and those views of their “superiors”. We cannot distinguish who is the wost in the heirarchy of O’Reilly, Ailes and Murdoch. Liars all, clinging viciously to their sense of privilege and to their disdain for the common people..

  13. Elaine M. says:

    Fox: O’Reilly Didn’t See Bombings In Ireland, But He Saw Photos Of Them
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-oreilly-ireland-bombings-photos

    Excerpt:
    Fox News issued a clarification on Friday on behalf of its star host Bill O’Reilly, saying that he said he’d “seen” bombings in Northern Ireland because police showed him photos of them.

    The Washington Post spotted a passage in O’Reilly’s 2013 book, “Keep It Pithy,” in which he described seeing lethal bombings in Northern Ireland.

    “I’ve seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs,” O’Reilly wrote.

    A Fox spokesperson told the Washington Post that O’Reilly did not witness any bombings or injuries in Northern Ireland but was simply shown photos by police officers.

    The Northern Ireland clarification marks the second time this has happened: On Wednesday, O’Reilly told Mediaite that when he repeatedly said he had seen nuns “get shot” in El Salvador, he was referring to “images” he had seen.

  14. Sure, Bill. Sure.

    You know, I’ve seen Godzilla.

    Well, I’ve seen pictures of him which is as good as the real thing.

  15. Elaine M. says:

    O’Reilly’s Greatest Hits: 7 Times The Fox Host Had Trouble With The Truth
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-oreilly-factual-greatest-hits

    Excerpt:
    Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is not used to being on the defensive.

    For nearly 10 years, the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” and commander of “the no-spin zone” has plowed through his liberal critics on and off-air. Perhaps his only effective challenger from the left has been now-Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), whom Fox News ended up unsuccessfully suing after the former Saturday Night Live writer wrote a book calling O’Reilly a serial liar.

    But in recent weeks, a report by Mother Jones magazine has kicked off a wave of investigations into O’Reilly’s former war tales and reportage, from his time as a correspondent for CBS in the 80s to his gig at “Inside Edition” in the 90s.

    Here are the best-known examples of times when there have been doubts about facts in O’Reilly’s stories…

    O’Reilly Said He Was A Registered Independent

    In an interview with NPR’s Mike Pesca, O’Reilly attempted to prove he wasn’t just another Republican partisan.

    “I’m a registered Independent politically, and I’m a journalist who looks at life the way it is, not the way I want it to be,” he told Pesca in 2001.

    The remark boomeranged back at O’Reilly when NPR subsequently discovered that he had been a registered Republican since 1994. O’Reilly later described it as a “hatchet job” and said he’d never heard of Pesca.

  16. Elaine M. says:

    CNN’s Reliable Sources Airs New Audio Disproving O’Reilly’s JFK Story
    CNN’s Brian Stelter On Higher Quality Recording Of O’Reilly Phone Call: “Clearly This Tape Shows He Was Not There”
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/03/01/cnns-reliable-sources-airs-new-audio-disproving/202712

    Excerpt:
    CNN’s Reliable Sources aired a new, clearer version of audio that further disproves Bill O’Reilly’s claim that he personally “heard” the shotgun blast that killed a figure in the investigation into President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    O’Reilly has repeatedly claimed in his books and on Fox News that while he was reporting for a Dallas television station in 1977, he was directly outside at the exact moment that George de Mohrenschildt — an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald — shot himself in a Florida home. O’Reilly has offered no evidence to confirm this claim, and the police report filed at the time makes no mention of him.

    Media Matters further reported that multiple former colleagues and journalists in Florida at the time have disputed O’Reilly’s story that he “heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide.”

    Adding to the mounting evidence against O’Reilly’s tale are tape recordings of a phone conversation between O’Reilly and a congressional investigator who was interviewing de Mohrenschildt before his death. On the tapes, O’Reilly can be heard asking the congressional reporter about the details of the suicide, and adding that he is not yet in Florida — a claim that is at odds with O’Reilly’s statements that he was near the home where de Mohrenschildt killed himself.

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