Nevertheless, O'Reilly didn't crow victoriously during a phone call last night to Laura Ingraham, the Ann Coulter wannabe who served as guest host of Monday's O'Reilly Factor. Instead, he sounded pissed off at the thought that critics would be able to use the incident to bash Fox -- and among those he fulminated against was an unnamed Denver journalist. "One creep out in the Rocky Mountain News goes, well, maybe the Fox News channel shouldn't have said anything [about the Simpson case]," he blustered. "You know, these people are the worst."
So... who's the creep in question? One of the least likely targets of rage imaginable: veteran Rocky media scribe Dusty Saunders.
No, it's not a very good suggestion. Indeed, O'Reilly and company deserve credit for slapping around their parent company in this instance, even if their these-guys-aren't-on-my-team claims are more than a bit dubious. But name-calling was wholly unjustified, and not just because O'Reilly insists that he doesn't engage in such childish behavior. (Pause for uproarious laughter.) If a line that benign could make O'Reilly spitting mad, what wouldn't push him over the edge? I mean, does he go off on grocery store employees when they ask if he'd prefer paper or plastic?
Then again, newspaper scribes should be grateful that O'Reilly pays so much attention to them. Getting bashed by O'Reilly is good publicity for an industry desperately in need of same, as well as a badge of honor for the person on the receiving end. So congrats, Dusty. You're finally a member of a not-so-exclusive club. -- Michael Roberts