05/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Liz Smith's Interview With Bill O'Reilly Sets New Standards For Softball

If the site WowOWow wants to continue in their mission of celebrating "women on the web," they'd be well served to feature more potent stuff than this dreadful interview between Liz Smith and Bill O'Reilly, which is a bold, fresh, piece of vapidity, even by O'Reillyian standards. Check out these cotton candy questions Smith serves up. I think I am more rigorously interrogated in the check-out line for the grocery.

LIZ: You've written eight books and five are on the bestseller list, including the last one with the fabulous title, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity. How does anyone work as hard as you do and write books?

LIZ: I've known you almost 40 years, Bill, and in the early days, I just thought you were a good-looking news guy, but I admit I wasn't prescient. I had no idea you'd turn out to be such a big deal! Maybe it was your conviction, your ambition, and maybe a Harvard education helped.

LIZ: But, Bill, in spite of what you say about having fun, are you really a happy guy?

LIZ: I know you're not a social climber; you don't seek out the upper crust. Whenever I see you at a party, I know it's a business party.

LIZ: Do you consider yourself a family man?

LIZ: OK. Bill, do you consider yourself a maverick?

LIZ: I'll bet you could get elected to office in a heartbeat.

There are other questions, that aren't fawning, but aren't probing, either, beyond a hack job interview sort of inquiry. I suppose that this wouldn't bother me so much if the site didn't present the exchange as something that's curiosity piquing, but that's precisely what it does, enticing readers with the headline, "Liz Smith: Is Bill O'Reilly a Secret Lefty?" Here is the relevant exchange on O'Reilly's "secret" leftyism, in its entirety.

LIZ: For a conservative, don't you actually have a few liberal bents?

BILL: I consider myself an independent thinker. But I want a clean planet; I want poor people to get a chance. I believe in trying to make a level playing field for underprivileged children. All of these are great liberal causes. We here are not ideological. We want the best for America and we work hard to try to make it happen.


Honestly, this piece would be much better if you just deleted Smith's superfluous presence. But whatever. It nevertheless remains that Bill O'Reilly stalks women for no other reason than that they told the truth about him. You know folks, Amanda Terkel? She's a woman on the web, also.

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