Bill O'Reilly suggested that his listeners "visit [Vermont] at your discretion," because it is a "hopeless, hopeless state" that refuses to "protect the kids" from child molesters. O'Reilly stated that Vermont "is gonna lead the league" among the "six to 10 states" that won't "pass any laws to protect the kids." In fact, the Vermont Senate recently passed legislation requiring a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted of aggravated sexual assault.
On the May 1 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann once again named Fox News' Bill O'Reilly the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award for comments made during the April 26 edition of his radio show, in which he accused a "far-left cabal" of making "inroads, particularly at NBC News" and claiming that "no newsperson at Fox News toes any kind of ideological line at all."
MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann interviewed Joseph Amann and Tom Breuer, authors of Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly and co-founders of www.SweetJesusIHatebillOReilly.com, and discussed O'Reilly's recent gaffes.
Bill O'Reilly dramatically overstated the amount of nightly viewers of his television program, saying, "I already got the 6 million people watching me every night." In fact, according to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor averaged 2,274,000 viewers a night in the first quarter of 2006.
Bill O'Reilly stated that "some believe" Fox News "is a right-wing enterprise" but that "I work there, and I can tell you that it is not." O'Reilly claimed that it was "a fact that no newsperson at Fox News toes any kind of ideological line at all."
Bill O'Reilly asserted that while "on the left, it's all about the smear," "the propagandists on the right" are "not smear merchants"; "they're not trying to smear anybody." He also said, "[M]aybe I'm naïve," but "when I tune in to [the] programs [of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham], I hear ideology."
Bill O'Reilly declared that Tony Snow is "under attack by the far left and Howard Dean" and that "smear merchants on the Internet" "cherry pick stuff" that Snow "wrote in his column and said on the Fox News Channel and try to make him look like a buffoon and a hypocrite," which "they do ... to me every day."
On the same edition of his radio show in which he misidentified the energy secretary, Bill O'Reilly proposed a "bill" to deport to Canada "high school kids in this country [who] couldn't pass a civics test," because they "don't know what the House of Representatives is; they don't know what the judicial branch is."
Keith Olbermann named Bill O'Reilly the winner of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" award for establishing the "Hall of Shame," a new segment on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor in which O'Reilly purportedly points out media outlets that engage in personal attacks and use "smear" tactics.
Bill O'Reilly asserted that The New York Times wrote a "glowing" article about Mary McCarthy, a senior intelligence officer who was recently fired by the CIA, because she "was leaking stuff to them." However, initial reports of McCarthy's dismissal from the CIA noted that she was fired because of her relationship with Washington Post staff writer Dana Priest and because she allegedly provided information to the press regarding secret CIA detention centers in Europe that was first published in the Post, not in the Times. No news reports have mentioned any relationship between McCarthy and The New York Times.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that both the "state and federal" government are "making more money now that the gasoline prices are higher because their tax goes up." In fact, for the federal government and more than three-fourths of the states, gasoline taxes remain constant regardless of gas prices because they are measured in cents per gallon, not as a percentage of total gasoline sales or wholesale prices.
Bill O'Reilly launched a "campaign to hold the smear merchants accountable," because "some media people" allegedly "have been using personal attacks and smears to try to marginalize people with whom they disagree."
Keith Olbermann awarded Bill O'Reilly third place in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment. O'Reilly was honored for his statement, first documented by Media Matters for America, that "I have to go on what my military analysts, people paid by Fox News, say to me. I can't base my opinion on anything else."
While discussing states' sentencing laws for people convicted of sex crimes against children, Bill O'Reilly declared: "Soon, there will only be a few states where" sex offenders "can go and molest children and get sympathy, states like Massachusetts and Vermont."
Bill O'Reilly declared, "I can't base my opinion" about the Iraq war "on anything" other than "what my military analysts, people paid by Fox News, say to me." O'Reilly added that he could trust only Fox military analysts because "[t]he newspapers ... all have an agenda" and "only give you a snapshot of the war." However, Fox News' military analysts made numerous wrong predictions and false assertions in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq.