Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Bill O’Reilly


The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of displaying their own worst traits. It could just as easily be called the Bill O’Reilly Award given his penchant for psychological projection. Take a look at this statement from a recent show:

The protests of the 60s and early 70s brought about profound change and many of the radicals back then have become authority figures today especially in the media. But now we have a new anti-authority movement and it has been created by the grievance industry which President Obama and the Democratic Party have used very effectively to assume and maintain power.

The grievance industry basically says that America is not a fair nation that the deck is stacked against minorities, women, the poor, gays, atheists, Muslims — you name it. And the bad guys are white males, the Republican Party and anybody who doesn’t buy into the grievance industry.

Amanda Marcotte points out how O’Reilly’s entire TV persona and career is built on the airing of fake grievances:

Interestingly, while no one in the story that O’Reilly accuses of being a member of a “grievance industry” is profiting off expressing grievances, he himself makes an absolute fortune off expressing grievances. He attracts viewers by spouting an endless litany of grievances, and therefore gets handsomely paid to do it. Perusing his website, here’s a list of some recent grievances he was paid handsomely to utter:

  • That Christians can’t impose their religions on non-Christians through public schools
  • More phony outrage about Benghazi
  • That stupid scientists keep insisting on the science of global warming even though it’s harshing O’Reilly’s fondness for inefficient gas guzzlers
  • That he wants to use social welfare programs to harangue and humiliate poor people about their most private life choices
  • Beyonce wrote a song about sex with her husband

Interestingly, none of the aggrieved people in O’Reilly’s world suffer even a fraction of the damage that actual targets of racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. endure. Hell, having to not go see “Noah” or feel slight pangs of doubt over your gas guzzling car might be inconvenient for conservatives, but even they aren’t suffering as much as people who got arrested by the cops for drunken rioting did. I mean, I’m not supporting drunken rioting, but in terms of “grievance”, getting arrested for it does count as measurable harm, unlike anything the “Noah” movie did to fundies. Which is to say that O’Reilly’s one-man grievance industry is all industry, and the grievance part is pure hustle. But, you know, it’s the liberals who are the bad guys here, with all their complaining about actual, measurable harm.

She leaves out one obvious example: This is a man who believes there’s a war on Christmas, for crying out loud. He is the loudest and most public advocate for the absurd claim that Christians are being persecuted when someone says “happy holidays” to them. And he makes millions of dollars for it. Grievance industry, indeed.

Comments

  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    … many of the radicals back then have become authority figures today especially in the media.

    Yeah, you can’t turn on a tv at all any more without having Angela Davis and Bobby Seale getting right up in your cornflakes. And those endless Abbie & Jerry re-runs!

  2. colnago80 says

    Re Pierce Butler

    And those former Trotskyites like David Horowitz who migrated from the far left to the far right.

  3. Artor says

    Busterggi, don’t you mean a potato? Pumpkins at least enjoy some sunshine. Bill-O just fumes to his audience from the self-imposed darkness of his own ignorance.

  4. scienceavenger says

    The grievance industry basically says that America is not a fair nation that the deck is stacked against minorities, women, the poor, gays, atheists, Muslims…

    So does the near entirety of the social science literature. But then we all know all the sciences are under control of the great conspiracy right Bill?

  5. Phillip IV says

    a new anti-authority movement and it has been created by the grievance industry which President Obama and the Democratic Party have used very effectively to assume and maintain power

    So the president…has used an anti-authority movement movement to assume and maintain …authority? That sounds like a neat trick. Or, more likely, a massive delusion on BillO’s part. His usual one, probably: that any authority not emanating from old, white, straight, Christian men isn’t real authority.

  6. steve78b says

    Is his last name pronounced “O – REALLY” ?

    I can only stand about 30 seconds of him at a time and then have to shut off the tv. When anyone quotes him I walk away. Can’t help it.

  7. jimnorth says

    Mr. O’Reilly was on the Today Show this morning…my television mysteriously quit.

  8. cptdoom says

    @ jimnorth #8 – but you missed the stellar intellectual capacity of O’Reilly on display. He’s arguing that schools should teach the story of Jesus (but not “Jesus Christ” because that would be religious) because our country is founded on “Judeo-Christian values” and the story of Jesus (not “Christ) is the only way to explain that. His proof? Look at the Supreme Court building in Washington, and you see a statue of Moses and the 10 Commandments (which have nothing to do with Jesus, but whatevs). Of course that legendary harsh “journalist” Matt Lauer was quick to point out O’Reilly’s errors. I kid, of course Lauer didn’t, he had to jump to the next series of questions about what the brilliant O’Reilly thinks will happen in the mid-terms.

    Had I not been in the bathroom getting ready, I would have changed the channel too, but I was in a hurry.

  9. sigurd jorsalfar says

    O’Reilly’s continuing presence on television is proof that there’s no such thing as a Good God.

  10. marcus says

    Artor @ 4 Bill-O just fumes to his audience from the self-imposed darkness of his own ignorance rectum.
    FIFY

  11. says

    …because our country is founded on “Judeo-Christian values” and the story of Jesus (not “Christ) is the only way to explain that.

    The great thing about Judeo-Christianity is how you don’t have to learn anything new, since it’s exactly like regular old Christianity.

  12. dingojack says

    Area Man =

    ‘Christianity — now with a sprinkling of extra added ‘Judeo’!!’

    :) Dingo

  13. dogmeat says

    So the president…has used an anti-authority movement movement to assume and maintain …authority? That sounds like a neat trick.

    Don’t forget, he did this incompetently, with a complete lack of leadership… a neophyte really, just sort of fell into it… but beware!

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