Mikey Makes O’Reilly Lose His Cool

My friend Mikey Weinstein went on the Bill O’Reilly show Thursday night to talk about the nativity scene at Guantanamo Bay that were moved to the base chapel — OMG! PERSECUTION! — and he succeeded in making O’Reilly blow his stack and cut off his microphone.

Near the end, Weinstein asked if O’Reilly had ever served in the military. No, O’Reilly said, he had not. That’s when the fireworks started.

WEINSTEIN: When you’re in the military, it’s not like working at Fox or at Costco. It is an incredibly tribal, adversarial, communal and ritualistic place. There are Department of Defense directives, instructions and regulations in place that absolutely make this clear that this was wrong.

O’REILLY: It was a cowardly decision by the base commander… because this is a depiction of a secular holiday that was signed into law. That’s what it was. And if somebody’s offended by it, I want to know why. And your guys don’t have the courage to stand up and tell me. That’s the fact.

WEINSTEIN: Bill, please don’t call our members of the military cowards. The majority of them were Christians. Because if you want to start getting ad hominem, at least they joined the military and they’re prepared to fight. …They understand what their rights are. And your Christian personal rights will always be trumped by the civil rights of your fellow Americans.

O’REILLY: You know what? Mr. Weinstein, you just – and with all due respect to your parents – are just a bloviator. You don’t answer the questions and I’ll tell you what: I covered four wars with the pen! (He defiantly held up his pen)

WEINSTEIN: You’re an aggressive bully and an arrogant idiot!

O’REILLY: …Cut him off, he’s a jerk. I covered four wars with a pen, OK, Mr. Weinstein? So don’t impugn my courage ever again. You’re a weasel.

Of course, one of those “wars” was the “war on Christmas.” But I’m still disappointed. This is the third person I know who has been on O’Reilly’s show in the last couple weeks and not one of them has found a way to work “falafel” and “loofah” into the conversation. Come on people, work with me here!

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  • John Pieret

    he succeeded in making O’Reilly blow his stack

    With all due respect to Mikey, that is not an accomplishment that ranks up there in difficulty with discovering a cure for cancer.

  • marcus

    Still… Way to go Mikey!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    O’Reilly ever had any cool???

  • davidhuber

    What’s really funny is that this exchange took place AFTER O’Reilly told Mikey he could have the last word.

  • grumpyoldfart

    O’Reilly probably rehearses those incidents a couple of times before he goes on camera. The sad part is that his audience is impressed by it.

  • Al Dente

    O’Reilly has the nerve to call a commander’s decision “cowardly” when that officer was following an explicit directive from a higher command. That tells me Bill O’ never served in the military nor does he have a clue about how the military works. And I’m not impressed by “I covered four wars with a pen.” I served in a war Bill, that trumps your chairborne experience.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    Does Bill O’Reilly have even one redeeming characteristic? Just one?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    O’Reilly loofahed his cool, and it falafel over the floor.

  • lamacher

    For BillyO to call Mikey a ‘bloviator’ simply proves that he does know what the word means. The arrogant stupidity of the man is worthy of a Guiness record.

  • otrame

    Dear Mr. O’Reilly,

    Would you mind telling me which 4 wars you covered with your pen? You implied pretty strongly that you were what is commonly called a war correspondent, that is, a reporter who is actually within a war zone, in danger from the combat situations. I did not know that you were ever in such a situation and I would be glad to know which wars you covered.



    Or maybe he was just lying. He has a tendency to do that, especially about his own credentials.

  • otrame

    Ah, according the Wikipedia, he “covered” the Falkland Is. war and the war in El Salvador….from Buenos Aires. That’s two wars, Bill. But you weren’t actually there, so…..

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Somehow the word chickenhawk has fallen out of common usage, although its applicability has never waned.

  • Bill O’Reilly, all talk and no action…as in, no combat experience.

    Andy Rooney was a war reporter. He was in harm’s way.

  • …because this is a depiction of a secular holiday that was signed into law.

    A secular Nativity display?

  • He “covered four wars with a pen”?

    I what really happened was, the word “war” was typed in a line on a page of paper, and he placed a Bic on top of them.

  • @MO #14 – That pesky “ceremonial deism” thing again. It only LOOKS religious.

  • caseloweraz

    There once was a man named O’Reilly

    Not known for being real smiley.

    “Four wars with a pen,”

    He said; but asked, “When?”

    Became disparaging, highly.

    My guess is he held the pen up close to his eye so it blocked out the images of warfighting on his TV.

  • felidae

    Think of the danger Bilious O Reilly was subjected to–he could have stabbed himself in the eye with that pen or suffered a severe papercut. So much fun to watch Billy lose it– watch the fun as Al Franken winds Bill up and the fury that follows


  • Michael Heath

    lamacher writes:

    For BillyO to call Mikey a ‘bloviator’ simply proves that he does know what the word means.

    Bill O’Reilly has long demonstrated a perfect understanding of the term ‘bloviator’. Instead what we see here is Mr. O’Reilly projecting [1] his own tendency to bloviate [2] onto an undeserving [3] ‘other’ [4].

    Psychological projection is a standard attribute of all conservative Christians I’ve personally observed engaging in public policy or culture war debates. And not merely the projection of their own poor behavior onto others, but predominately onto underserving ‘others’. Where ‘others’ are those perceived to be both outside the tribe and an enemy to the tribe.

    So as numbered above, we observe four character/logical defects demonstrated by Mr. O’Reilly with his ‘bloviator’ charge. That’s a lot in one short quip, but I find it typical of conservative Christians to produce multiple failings even in short quips as observed here.

  • markr1957

    Reginald Selkirk #12

    Somehow the word chickenhawk has fallen out of common usage,

    Possibly because in Billo’s case chickenshit is a more accurate description?

  • mobius

    Cut him off, he’s a jerk.

    I think O’Reilly deserves a Brian Fisher Award. Definitely.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    He was going to call him something else that starts with ‘b’ then changed it to bloviator at the last second. Why else the apology to Mikey’s parents?

  • hexidecima

    Bill O, just like so many of his chicken hawk compatriots, did not serve in the military. He was in college in the late 60s, early 70s. His draft number evidently didn’t come up, but he did not volunteer either. He is nothing more than a bully. If he is so concerned about the military, he should advocate for a pay raise of more than 1 percent for military personnel. He of course does not since that would take money away from him and his chickenhawk compatriots.

  • Michael Heath

    mobius writes:

    I think O’Reilly deserves a Brian Fisher Bryan Fischer Award. Definitely.

    I second that motion.

  • iangould

    The pen is mightier than the sword so really Bill didn’t just fight four wars he, personally won them for the US and White Baby Jesus.

    He’s just too modest to say it.

  • shay

    I have found, personally, when speaking to rabid right-wing patriot types, asking them which branch they served in usually brings a “no.”

  • cry4turtles

    And he wants to use his mighty pen to scribblè out the word ” religion” and replace it with “philosophy”.

  • This is how it needs to be done. Relentlessly ridicule the wingnuts on their own show if possible.

    Quite a far cry from when Dawkins appears on the idiot hour and O’Reilly spends most of it calling him “Mr. Dawkins” and ends with “If you cannot tell me how everything happened, then JESUS!” and Dawkins in his attempt to be civil get flustered into a blithering mess.

  • Which wars did O’Reilly cover, and how competently (or honestly) did he cover them? What insights — just to take a random example — did he offer about those weapons of mass-destruction Saddam allegedly had?

    I can’t believe he actually BRAGGED about “covering wars with a pen.” Was he ever an actual war correspondent?

  • busterggi

    If Bill-O had had a longer pen OBL would have been dead while W was still in office. Clearly the Pentagon needs to increase its budget for office supplies.

  • freehand

    otrame: Ah, according the Wikipedia, he “covered” the Falkland Is. war and the war in El Salvador….from Buenos Aires. That’s two wars, Bill. But you weren’t actually there, so…..

    Maybe, but he is right. In. the. Middle. Of the War on Christmas.

    Of course, historically wars without an enemy are safer than others.

  • Pieter B, FCD

    I’m not going to watch the clip again—it would be a shame to hurl the lovely apple pie my granddaughter made—but if I remember correctly, at the beginning of the segment he refers to celebrating “the birthday of The Baby Jesus,” but when arguing with Mikey it’s suddenly “a secular holiday signed into law.”

  • I think that maybe the actual war correspondents might have a bit of bone to pick with CWA1C* Billyofah.

    Actually, now that I think on it, it might all just be a transcriptural error or a case of Mis(sioncreep)speaking.

    Maybe what O’Liarly said was that he “cowered” four wars with his pen.

    * Culture Warrior Asshole 1st Class

  • dingojack

    Perhaps he meant he ‘cowered from wars, in his [pig] pen’.