So Bill O’Reilly, while busily writing fake biographies of famous people and applauding himself for inventing the term “Feminazi,” says the Benghazi Committee could have hurt Hillary Clinton – if they had listened to him.
It is hard to find somebody more in love with himself than Bill-O, but really? Ironically, O’Reilly had just defended Hillary Clinton in an interview with The Daily Caller, saying the media hadn’t been fair to her:
“I think they’ve been aggressive toward Hillary because they don’t much like her,” the Fox News host told The Daily Caller, while discussing how he thinks the media have so far covered the 2016 presidential race. “They would prefer [Vice President Joe] Biden and, I mean, [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders, my God. There’s a lot of agendas running around. I don’t like that.”
But that’s only because they’re not YOUR agendas, right Bill-O? Watch courtesy of Media Matters for America:
BILL O’REILLY: Do you think Secretary Clinton hurt or helped herself yesterday?
CHRIS CHRISTIE: She helped herself yesterday.
O’REILLY: You think so?
CHRISTIE: I do. Because, you know, they didn’t uncover anything new. They allowed her get her talking points out over and over again. And they were falling over each other looking ineffective.
O’REILLY: All right, but her talking points —
CHRISTIE: This is why people don’t like Congress, I mean, you know.
O’REILLY: Yeah, I mean look, her talking points were essentially this, though, and this is what I said last night. “I don’t know anything about it. Because it’s not my job. [It’s] the security professional’s job.” So you got a hot spot. You’re deeply involved in the Libyan situation because you wanted to remove Gadhafi. Your ambassador writes a cable to you, which you say you never saw, saying “we need more security, it’s not provided.” And he winds up dead. Do you really think [the] American people are going to buy “it’s not my job to protect my people?”
CHRISTIE: Absolutely not.
O’REILLY: Well, then, how can you say it didn’t hurt her?
CHRISTIE: Well, you said yesterday — it’s going to hurt her in the long-term, Bill. [CROSSTALK]
CHRISTIE: But you got to get somebody who can effectively question her and hold her to account. We didn’t have anyone on that congressional committee … who could do that.
O’REILLY: Why do you think that is? Because I told them what to do.
CHRISTIE: They didn’t listen.
So much hot air comes out of his mouth that it is impossible at this point for Bill-O to keep track of reality. And we do know another Fox News host who disagrees that Bill is the one to get answers from Hillary Clinton: Megyn Kelly. Kelly said this spring about the prospect of O’Reilly getting to interview Clinton:
“Bill O’Reilly — what?” Kelly said. “She should sit with me and I’ll tell you why, with all due respect to Bill. Because Bill — and I love him — does macro … and I’ll go micro. And she needs to be asked the specific questions. You need to be able to go ten layers deep with her because that’s the only way you get answers.”
In Kelly’s favor is that she scares the hell out of Donald Trump, and that she can correctly identify that math Republicans do to feel better about themselves. What’s funny is that they both work for the network that invented the Benghazi Hoax in the first place.
And this is the same O’Reilly, mind you, who first compared Black Lives Matter to Nazis, saying on October 22,
“But they are an extreme group, the Nazi Party. The Black Lives Matter is also an extreme group as you have heard.”
And then denying he ever said it the next day:
“[I] did not make that comparison, Talli. Didn’t make it.”
But you did, Bill, you did.
So despite – or perhaps because of – living in a reality of his own devising, he thinks the Benghazi Committee should listen to him, as though they are any worse with facts than he is. He can’t even effectively relate what he has and has not said, let alone relate what happened to historical people (so much more to just invent your biographies, isn’t it, Bill-O?) or develop an effective line of questioning of an actual living, breathing person.
Anyone who has seen Bill O’Reilly try to interview Barack Obama knows – and has seen – Obama take his lunch. Repeatedly. At will. Hillary Clinton, no less intelligent or articulate than Obama, would have done the same.
Bill-O, like other conservative pundits, is inhabiting an alternative universe where stuff happens as he imagines it happens rather than how it is actually happening. I don’t know how he experienced his Obama interviews but you can be sure it was not how the rest of us experienced it.
We have been deprived of a great television spectacle, Bill O’Reilly questioning Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, either in person or in just devising the line of questioning.
Bill-O thinks he was deprived too, but the truth is, Bill-O hasn’t been deprived; he has been saved.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.