The ever-charming O'Reilly, incredibly, seems to have outdone himself. via Media Matters:
"On the November 29 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly denied that Iraq is in a "civil war as NBC News wants you to think" and asserted that "they're all Muslims, and they're doing what they do. They're killing each other. And they're killing Americans."
As Media Matters for America has noted, while criticizing NBC's decision to use the phrase "civil war" to describe the situation in Iraq, on the November 28 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said, "[T]he American media is not helping anyone by oversimplifying the situation and rooting for the USA to lose in Iraq."
From the November 29 edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: So all of those things have combined. It's not a civil war as NBC News wants you to think. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a lot of bad guys going into an area and seizing the opportunity to create death and mayhem. And they're all Muslims, and they're doing what they do. They're killing each other. And they're killing Americans."
Yeah, I know: it's O'Rilly? whaddya expect. that doesn't make it any better. The man has a nationally syndicated radio program and TV program; -someone- must still be listening, seeing as how he still has a damn job at all.
And this is what passes for commentary. "Oh well, bunch of savages: that's just what they do! Certainly -we'd- never act in such a way in similar circumstances, even though I -already- clearly am in the process of melting down and no one's even bombed my family or destroyed my drinking water supply! No, I would -never- come after you with a chainsaw! I am 100% sane!! WoohooHOO, hoo HOO, hoo HOO!--"
jesus wept. yeah, I dunno about you, but personally I don't find this shit amusing anymore.
update--oh, I'm kidding myself, of course it gets worse! Here:
From the December 5 edition of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: The United States will never be conquered by Muslims -- ever. But you don't want it to reach the point where, we have to, example, you know, level cities like Tehran, kill hundreds of thousands of people, which we may have to do -- which we have already done in Germany and Japan. OK? We have already killed hundreds of thousands of people on one day. Now, do we want to do that again? Of course not, but we may have to.
Example: If Iran takes over Iraq and then fosters a revolution inside Saudi Arabia, which Iran wants to do, and overthrows that kingdom and gets control of all the oil and says we're not selling to the USA, we are going to level that country, because you, [caller], need gasoline to live. See? Now that's the biggest example I can give you."