The Endless Irony of Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly is quite upset that people are criticizing the movie American Sniper because it’s “pro-military.” He doesn’t bother to engage any of the actual substantive criticisms of the movie, of course, he just calls those criticizing it “far-left kooks,” using his familiar argumentum ad labelum strategy. Hilariously, he used this graphic:

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Yes, “the internet” is deceiving you, which is as stupid as saying your telephone is deceiving you. Both are merely means of communication. That graphic cracks me up because he accuses “the internet” of presenting people with “information that is false, libelous or distorted in the extreme.” You know, like Chris Kyle, the protagonist of American Sniper, who lost a huge lawsuit to Jesse Ventura because he went on TV and presented “information that is false, libelous or distorted in the extreme.” In other words, he lied. And to double or triple the irony, guess whose show he told that lie on? O’Reilly’s.

In fact, he seems to have a serious problem with lying, to the point of being pathological, like his claim to have gone to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, climbed on top of the Superdome with his sniper rifle and shot dozens of people who were looting. Funny, no one can seem to find any evidence for that ludicrous claim.

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  • my2cents

    Well don’t leave out the lie where he claimed he shot and killed two carjackers. Also, let me preface this. I am a veteran and I did support the Iraq War. We all believe dumb things when we’re 19. Yet the real Chris Kyle (not the movie) is one of my least favorite parts of the military. The Christian ultra right wing irrational conservative “I’m a patriot” anyone not like me hates america type. Sadly this type is rampant within special forces which is what snipers are.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Libelous: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • U Frood

    his claim to have gone to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, climbed on top of the Superdome with his sniper rifle and shot dozens of people who were looting. Funny, no one can seem to find any evidence for that ludicrous claim.

    Like any sort of charges for murder?

  • DaveL

    Like any sort of charges for murder?

    Or an unexplained glut of homicide victims killed with a high-powered rifle?

  • colnago80

    Bill, the tides go in, the tides go out, you don’t under stand that, O’Reilly is pwnd by Neil Tyson. It should be embarrassing to the Fascist News Channel to have such a complete ignoramus on their network making a fool of himself. Of course, the sheeple who watch him are as ignorant as he is.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nikg4hMRjs

  • http://www.rodlamkey.net reverendrodney

    Whoever claims to have climbed to the top of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina and shot “dozens of looters” has to be taken as loony tunes. Totally nuts. Delusional. And yet a movie was made about him?

    When the right wing is so hard up for heroes that they idolize Ted Nugent, what else can you expect?

  • bushrat

    If they could find a way to mine Bill O’Reilly, they could shut down every iron mine on the planet. The supply of irony things coming from Billy truly is endless.

  • thebookofdave

    “far-left kooks,”

    I first read that as “far-left hooks”, a move my opponents discussed among themselves ad nauseam, yet never seemed to see coming when they stepped into the ring.

  • Sastra

    Yes, “the internet” is deceiving you, which is as stupid as saying your telephone is deceiving you.

    He can probably get away with this though because it feeds into his audience’s conviction that getting a computer is a bad idea because you can do just fine without it and it’s trouble. Ha! They knew it!

  • Trebuchet

    In fact, he seems to have had a serious problem…

    FTFY. He’s dead.

  • grumpyoldfart

    climbed on top of the Superdome with his sniper rifle and shot dozens of people who were looting

    The clever bit was how he differentiated between looters stealing goods from a house and homeowners rescuing their own goods from the house.

  • busterggi

    grumpy – not a problem, the homeowners (being real ‘Murkins) were wearing flag pins.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    So what exactly is O’Reilly disputing? That Kyle made up these stories, or that they aren’t made-up? Because the former is pretty well documented and the latter is just nuts. Or is O’Reilly’s only point AMERICAN HERO

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The clever bit was how he differentiated between looters stealing goods from a house and homeowners rescuing their own goods from the house.

    It’s simple. In a disaster area, white people find things, black people loot.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Maybe the (imaginary) looters Kyle shot were all Muslims who dressed like (some clueless Western stereotype of) Iraqis.

  • lorn

    Assume: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH and everything Bill O’Reilly says is good, right, and correct.

    Fail to take that first part as fact and Bill O’Reilly comes off as completely oblivious and a lying sack of shit.

  • noe1951

    Shorter O’Reilly – don’t let the internet lead you astray – come to FOX and let us do it. (Well, maybe not really shorter lol)

  • magistramarla

    I’m a military spouse – the hubby has been associated with the military since ’81. Both of us consider Kyle to be just another redneck idiot from Texas. We’ve been very saddened to see what has happened to our military since the hubby signed up.