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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Bill O’Reilly Misleads His Viewers as He Panders to the Kerry Camp – By Pastor Dick Helms

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly appears to be losing his intellectual anchor as he panders to the Kerry camp in a shameless attempt to get the Democrat candidate on The Factor. In fact he has taken Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” policy over the edge relieving it of its integrity. One of the primary examples is his recurring drumbeat that “both candidates are equally committed to fighting the war on terrorism, including the Iraq war” and therefore it is the peripheral issues that should decide the election. Frankly, Mr. O’Reilly is far too intelligent to really believe this himself and that’s what concerns me.

Mr. O’Reilly needs to remember the old American Indian proverb about the Scorpion and the Fox.
A scorpion wanted to cross the river so he asked the Fox to carry him across on his back.

The Fox, being somewhat leery of the Scorpion’s reputation said to him, “but you’ll sting me and we’ll drown.”

The Scorpion answered the Fox, “that would be foolish because then I would drown too.”

After considering the logic of the Scorpion’s answer the Fox agreed. And off they went.

As they got to the middle of the river the Scorpion stung the Fox and they began to sink. As they went down the Fox exclaimed “why did you do that! Now we’ll both drown.”

The Scorpion answered simply “Because it’s my nature
Even quick reviews of the candidates’ records reveal the following truths.

The first truth is that President Bush is indeed “committed to fighting [and winning] the war on terrorism, including the Iraq war” regardless of the cost. Why, because it [steadfastness of character] is his nature.

The second truth is that Senator Kerry will continue to fight as long as it is politically expedient and as long as the going is not “too” tough. But when it is no longer politically expedient or when the going gets “too” tough, he’ll find a way to cut and run. Why, because it [political expediency] is his nature.

Mr. O’Reilly may get the Senator on his show, but at the cost of his own intellectual integrity.

As a Fox News, and O’Reilly Factor, viewer and fan I hope Mr. O’Reilly comes to his senses before it’s too late.


7 Comments:

At 5:05 PM, superoooie said...

I not sure what this article was trying to say? I think equality is important and treating everyone with respect and much love. So if Mr. O'reily is trying to get both sides on how is that not smart? He seems to be giving both sides the same hospitality. Or maybe I misunderstood what you are saying. I just want to mention I noticed some hostility in your article about not being happy with Mr. O'reily. Sometimes I am not happy with what people say but I remember I am not the judge here and if we just try to understand each other rather argue we can make much more progress.

 
At 5:46 PM, Pastor Dick Helms said...

superoooie,

Mr. O'Reilly is not "giving both sides the same hospitality" he is promoting the false understanding that both candidates are "equally" committed to winning the war in Iraq. The problem is that they are not equally committed, Bush is unconditionally committed, Kerry is conditionally committed (read "not" committed).

 
At 6:27 PM, David L said...

I am a regulsr O'Reilly watcher and agree entirely with your analysis. I find that on many issues O'Reilly has a strong tendency to 'split the difference'. While his instincts on child abuse, judicial activism and other subjects can be quite good, I squirm everytime I watch him rationalize a middle-ground between moral and immoral positions (Swift Boat Vets, War on Terror, Dan Rather, etc.).

He plays at being Solomon without really understanding him.

 
At 7:44 PM, Pastor Dick Helms said...

Well said David, Thanks.

 
At 7:34 PM, Pat in NC said...

I tend to agree although I wonder if his seeming pandering to Kerry is not a way to point out that
Kerry is frightened of being asked questions by someone not firmly on his side. I am not a died in the wool fan of O'Reilly since at times he seems very patroniziong.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous said...

There is no monopoly on flip flopping in a political campaign, these guys will say whatever they think their audience wants to hear.
george bush changes his mind about things at least as often as Kerry maybe more. And his performance in the third debate was no ringing endorsement of Christian values. When asked if he thought homosexuality was a matter of free will he answered that he did not know. If it's not a choice but the way god made someone it can hardly be a sin, and if thats the case the sin is with those who condemn people for being what god intended them to be. At any rate why is bush uncertain about this, because he doesn't want to piss off Dick Cheney? later on he was asked if he would act to overturn Roe v Wade, HE did not answer that at all but instead said he would have no litmus test for judges. Once again a failure to be convicted about his "right to life" position because in a national debate in front of the entie nation, the president can not appear to be an extremist on these issues so he panders to the political Center rather than stand up for the christian right wing.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous said...

There is no monopoly on flip flopping in a political campaign, these guys will say whatever they think their audience wants to hear.
george bush changes his mind about things at least as often as Kerry maybe more. And his performance in the third debate was no ringing endorsement of Christian values. When asked if he thought homosexuality was a matter of free will he answered that he did not know. If it's not a choice but the way god made someone it can hardly be a sin, and if thats the case the sin is with those who condemn people for being what god intended them to be. At any rate why is bush uncertain about this, because he doesn't want to piss off Dick Cheney? later on he was asked if he would act to overturn Roe v Wade, HE did not answer that at all but instead said he would have no litmus test for judges. Once again a failure to be convicted about his "right to life" position because in a national debate in front of the entie nation, the president can not appear to be an extremist on these issues so he panders to the political Center rather than stand up for the christian right wing.

 

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