Many of you are aware of the feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly. Keith has been highlighting distortions in Bill's arguments for months now and has honored O'Reilly with the "Worst Person of the Day" award several times. Finally-O'Reilly responded by sending a letter to NBC chairman Bob Wright saying:
Therefore, in an effort to rescue MSNBC from the ratings basement and to restore the honor and dignity of Mr. Donahue, who was ignobly removed as host three years ago, we ask that you immediately bring Phil Donahue's show back at 8:00 PM EST before any more damage is done.
On his website he has a petition posted for his Factorettes to sign. Olbermann responded by signing the petition on-air along with some of his colleagues. O'Reilly, the narcissist that he is, now won't let callers to his radio program even mention Keith's name without cutting them off and calling security. Here's a transcript of the call.:
O'REILLY: Orlando, Florida, Mike, go.
CALLER: Hey Bill, I appreciate you taking my call.
CALLER: I like to listen to you during the day, I think Keith Olbermann's show --
O'REILLY: There ya go, Mike is -- he's a gone guy. You know, we have his -- we have your phone numbers, by the way. So, if you're listening, Mike, we have your phone number, and we're going to turn it over to Fox security, and you'll be getting a little visit.
HILL: Maybe Mike is from the mothership.
O'REILLY: No, Maybe Mike is going to get into big trouble, because we're not going to play around. When you call us, ladies and gentleman, just so you know, we do have your phone number, and if you say anything untoward, obscene, or anything like that, Fox security then will contact your local authorities, and you will be held accountable. Fair?
HILL: That's fair.
O'REILLY: So, just -- all you guys who do this kind of a thing, you know, I know some shock jocks. Whatever. You will be held accountable. Believe it.
Soon after a few callers received phone messages from the head of security at FOX -- threatening them:
"I got the call on the phone I used to call him from the head of Fox News security. He said that harassing phone calls were coming from my phone. I asked him how many? He did not know. I asked him what was said that was harassing? He said that he did not know but that it did not have to be what was said, but how many calls were being made. He tried to make like I made 20 phone calls instead of one, and that I cursed O'Reilly out. All I said was that I was grateful to O'Reilly for turning me on to Olbermann.
Then he hung up."
Bill is obviously losing it and trying to harass callers for disagreeing with him. Isn't that part of the job description of a talk show host? And why is FOX security calling people when Bill is broadcasting on Westwood One? I know there's a lot of screening that goes on, but trying to intimidate callers because they mention the name of someone you don't like is ludicrous. As Susan Filan, a former prosecutor said on Countdown last night -- the one person that might have a legal problem is O'Reilly himself. I called the head of FOX security who has been contacting callers for comment, but he hasn't returned my call so far. Stay tuned. Maybe the falafel police will be knocking down my door because I dared to ask a few questions about O'Reilly cowardice.
(John Amato is the main man at Crooksandliars.com)