Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:43 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:20 AM
Crazy, I know.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:27 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:47 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:22 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:54 PM
Bill O'Reilly is just entertainment. He's just there for people who already agree with his views to feel vindicated when he talks down people they'd consider the opposition. It doesn't matter if he sucks as an interviewer and has horrible debate skills, he's doing what his fans wish they could do in real life. So comparing him to Bill Maher is a pretty good comparison. Maher fulfills a similar wish fulfillment, though the type of people he's up against probably aren't as polite as the people Bill O'Reilly usually interviews.
Edited by SOAP, 06 April 2012 - 03:55 PM.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:57 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:04 AM
That said, talking over people is rather standard affair, particularly for television because air time is so pressed. Watch the round table on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Jeez, folks. I'm hard pressed to make out three consecutive words from any speaker. And--what a suprise!--nobody says anything insightful here, either.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:02 PM
But allow me to also defend the other Bill, Bill Maher that is. Him I do watch because I agree with whatever he says (pretty much everything except for the atheism stuff, actually). But unrelated to my obvious bias, I have to say that he does not simply bring on guests in order to talk over or trash them. Most of the time he has one or two conservative guests, and I've even seen him chide his liberal audience for booing them. If you're going to invite someone that you disagree with, you've got to be respectful to them no matter what they say. And I think he's good about this.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:20 AM
I'm not sure there's any controversy as far as O'Reielly goes. I think we can all agree that he's annoying, or better yet, a big blubbering vagina.