Video: O’Reilly apologizes to Hot Air, sort of

posted at 9:36 pm on May 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

Yes, he concedes, the quote last night should have been specifically attributed to a commenter, not to the site itself — but that’s what we get for letting stuff like that be posted, now isn’t it? Do a better job of moderating comments and we won’t have this problem. He’s been making this argument for years, usually when ripping on Kos, without any apparent sense of what kind of comment load blogs with big traffic deal with. Between Ed’s and my 20-25 posts plus the 40 or so Headline items, Hot Air must get, let’s say, 2,700 comments a day. To put that in perspective, if I worked 15 hours a day doing nothing but moderating them, in order to read and rule on each one I’d have to work at a clip of three comments per minute without taking a single break. That is to say, we’d need not one but two full-time moderators to do the job right, the cost of which would bankrupt nearly any blog given the realities of online ad revenue, especially in a recession. Add to that the endless headaches involved in deciding whether a given comment’s over the line and the inevitable haphazard, arbitrary standards we’d end up imposing on readers and it’s simply not worth it. Frequently we’ll get tips alerting us to really nasty stuff, like racist cracks or death threats, which we promptly clean up, but by and large, if other readers are willing to let a comment pass without mention — stupid and/or distasteful though they may find it — we’re willing too. There’s just too much else to do.

InstaGlenn has some wise words about this subject, which you should digest after watching. Oh, and if you’re wondering what was going on over at the Fox Nation website tonight while O’R was busy lecturing us on the Factor, feast your eyes.

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You buy into this tin foil hat stuff as well? What fun!

So pray tell, where was Obama actually born?

crr6 on May 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Dude. It’s a very simple matter for Obama to produce the actual birth record, yet he refuses. In fact they’ve spent nearly a million dollars on lawyers to quash all efforts to obtain it. How the hell do YOU explain that? Wouldn’t it have been simpler just to put it out there and make all this go away?

I am not a tin foil hat type of person. This wasn’t really even an issue for me during the campaign, but seeing them continue the fight to keep the document (or lack of one) sealed after he’s already been elected smells like a conspiracy to me.

Woody on May 29, 2009 at 6:56 AM

That was NO apology BORe…

jerrytbg on May 29, 2009 at 6:56 AM

crr6 on May 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM

If it turns out that Malcolm X is his true daddy then it’s understandable why “0″ would want to keep the Birth records sealed…lol

jerrytbg on May 29, 2009 at 7:01 AM

If it turns out that Malcolm X is his true daddy then it’s understandable why “0″ would want to keep the Birth records sealed…lol

jerrytbg on May 29, 2009 at 7:01 AM

It would also make sense if it turned out that he had a twin, which had horns and a tail but which was consumed by Barry shortly after birth. Or something.

MikeA on May 29, 2009 at 7:20 AM

First it was Rush vs. Powell. Now it’s the conservative blogosphere vs. O’Reilly.

pearson on May 29, 2009 at 7:37 AM

A snide non apology apology from an insufferable gasbag.

Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out what was so awful about the comment – other than the politically-incorrect use of Barack’s middle name. Unwise politically but hardly worthy of censorship.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Michael Savage owns this Leprechaun.

V-rod on May 29, 2009 at 7:48 AM

The real story here is being overlooked. The big question is why? Hussein is his middle name, but for some reason he himself has decided that he does not want people to use it. Why is that? No one really believes he is in any way connected to the only other Hussein that is well known to average Americans, and which was hanged in Iraq for crimes against the people there. We all know far too much about Obama to think his life story is tied to that Hussein. So why is the name off limits?

Can it be because Obama is overly sensitive to any nuance that reveals who he is and where he comes from? Is he ashamed of his past, his family or his roots; or is he just such a calculating politician that he does not want others to be thinking about who he is and where he comes from? It was, after all, Obama himself that declared the use of his name to be offensive. How so? Why? What is to be gained from the simple minded semantics of not uttering a name that everyone now knows is his? And why is no one asking these questions?

MikeA on May 29, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Buy Danish on May 29, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Only part of the issue with the comment is the use Obama middle name. Another issue with the comment is that it just calls Obama things he’s not. Is Obama really militant? Really? I wouldn’t call someone who has been calling for us to get our troops out of Iraq for a few years now as “militant.”

Also calling for the GOP blocking of Obama’s pick when it is basically impossible is somewhat silly.

terryannonline on May 29, 2009 at 8:08 AM

terryannonline on May 29, 2009 at 8:08 AM

I see your point. Sort of like calling Obama “pragmatic” when he is not. Or calling him a gifted orator, when it is becoming painfully obvious that he is not.

I also agree that the GOP has no chance of blocking this or anything else for the next couple of years. That is one of the results of elections. But it still makes sense for the GOP to oppose some things, perhaps including this nomination, so that when the leftist nature of the Obama team becomes more clear, the GOP is in a more clear position of being something apart from it. If Obama’s efforts turn out to be a great thing for the nation, the GOP is toast anyway. If not, it makes no sense to try to be Democrat Lite.

MikeA on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

It was a clarification, not an apology. O’Reilly was not sorry for what he did, but for what he didn’t do. He acknowledged the error, but justified the need for similar remarks, if more precise.

If this were run like some blogs, about ten percent of the commenters here could take a hike tomorrow. But like AP says, it would be a full-time job.

What to do then? Well, this is a website devoted to political and social conservatism, right? And to be a conservative is to believe in CONSERVING certain ideals, right? Well, here’s one more. If we are who and what we say we are, AH shouldn’t have to make monitoring comments a full-time job in the first place.

Okay, maybe part-time.

manwithblackhat on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Another issue with the comment is that it just calls Obama things he’s not. Is Obama really militant? Really? I wouldn’t call someone who has been calling for us to get our troops out of Iraq for a few years now as “militant.”

dogsoldier’s comment didn’t call The Precedent anything. It was about Sotomayor and called HER militant, socialist, …

On top of that, being militant doesn’t mean that someone is for the military. In fact, militant and military are entirely unrelated in the uses we are talking about.

Also calling for the GOP blocking of Obama’s pick when it is basically impossible is somewhat silly.

terryannonline on May 29, 2009 at 8:08 AM

This, of course, was the mistake that O’Reilly made as he launched into his idiotic musings that dogsoldier was a foreigner. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone could have read that comment and come to this conclusion – that dogsoldier thinks that we can block anything. It was a call to fight the picks. How tough is that to figure out?

progressoverpeace on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Wow – I had no idea that HotAir was now on par staff and budget-wise with O’Reilly’s NewsCorp-sponsored blog.

Nice job, Bill.

blish on May 29, 2009 at 8:18 AM

But Bill O is only “looking out for the folks.” Right?

It’s all about image with him. He’s looking out for himself and trying too hard to be respectable–you know, “respectable” like the MSM.

Would it be crass now to bring up his old sex scandal that miraculouly went away? How was that for respectable? Or looking out for the little folks?

RandyChandler on May 29, 2009 at 8:37 AM

As for the whole Hussein name issue, if Obama and/or O’Reily feel that the name is offensive, one has to wonder about the thousands of other people who bear that name. Is Obama ashamed of them, because of their name? Are they somehow offensive just because of who their parents were?

Or is it only offensive when used in connection with the President? If so, why is that?

MikeA on May 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Bill O’s motivation here is to give himself that independent “street cred” so he can always say “look, I go after right wing sites too”. Of course he is still stinging from the boss slamming him over the mustaches treatment of her on Bill’s show last year. So she will be a favorite target on the right.

He is a populist blowhard and is being a “popinjay”

conservnut on May 29, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Mr. O’Reilly is starting to sound and act like Larry King.

His body language says much more than his condescending remarks. Especially his innuendo that Michelle Malkin was miffed.

Are his actions and adjectives a response to his sensing ‘Hot Air’ is beginning overtake his own efforts?

MSGTAS on May 29, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I hope this helps Hot Air’s web traffic.

Dr Evil on May 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Mr. O’Reilly is now anointing/appointing (you choose) himself the official censor of the “Conservative Right”.

MSGTAS on May 29, 2009 at 9:55 AM

I, for one, have had enough with O’Reilly’s being the self-anointed voice of conservatism. If the sexual harrassment allegations against him were true – and they were true enough to pay millions to quash – this is a corrupt and soulless man who should not be allowed to wield the sort of power his position gives him.

I’m not advocating a movement – y’all do what you like – but I’m going to start writing Fox regularly and letting them know what I think about this guy. It may do no good but, hey, I like to write letters!

Venusian Visitor on May 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

I am not a tin foil hat type of person. This wasn’t really even an issue for me during the campaign, but seeing them continue the fight to keep the document (or lack of one) sealed after he’s already been elected smells like a conspiracy to me.

Woody on May 29, 2009 at 6:56 AM

Indeed, Woody. It requires no tin foil – nor even a “conspiracy” – to simply note the extremely odd fact that the President of the US is fighting tooth and nail in the courts not to make his birth certificate public.

Anyone with even a smidgen of common sense should be curious as to why Obama is terrified at the prospect of his long-form, full birth certficate being availabe for viewing by Americans.

whatcat on May 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

terryannonline on May 29, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Um, the quote was about Sotomayor, not Obama.

Buy Danish on May 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I don’t watch him much anymore mainly because it’s annoying the way he talks over people and won’t let them finish their sentences. He’s also gotten way more arrogant and pompous over the years. He’s basically just full of hot air. haha

scalleywag on May 29, 2009 at 11:42 AM

If it turns out that Malcolm X is his true daddy then it’s understandable why “0″ would want to keep the Birth records sealed…lol

jerrytbg on May 29, 2009 at 7:01 AM

He looks more like Frank Marshall Davis than Barack Obama, Sr. It’s not that far a leap from Malcolm X to the author of Sex Rebel: Black, so don’t laugh.

Regardless of who his father is, he was breastfed on Marxism and hatred for America, plush he inherited his mother’s promiscuity and head full of crazy! YAY!

chunderroad on May 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

It requires no tin foil – nor even a “conspiracy” – to simply note the extremely odd fact that the President of the US is fighting tooth and nail in the courts not to make his birth certificate public.

whatcat on May 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Yup.

chunderroad on May 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Everyone has pinned their HOPES to Obama and given him the benefit of the doubt, when looking at what’s available of his record and his on-the-job performance, you have a confidence trickster, a slick political hustler, an aspiring personality leading a cult, an insecure narcissist.

What if… Dreams of My Father was a total lie? What if Ayers was the ghostwriter? What if there was no misunderstanding when Obama called his grandmother a racist? Did it not strike anyone as strange that she died the night before he accepted the Democratic nomination? What about Obama not visiting his own white mother on her deathbed? She died in an Indonesian hospital (with the same healthcare he would force on the rest of us) of cervical cancer… which comes from the HPV virus. Did she get that from a couple of Muslims or from someone who wrote about his sexual exploits with strangers and children, one girl in particular who sounded a lot like Stanley Ann Dunham.

chunderroad on May 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Schadenfreude on May 29, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Thank you. I shall.

progressoverpeace on May 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Correct. Please correct me if I am incorrect, but I thought I read that a single member of the judiciary committee can block a nominee from leaving committee and that the dems did precisely that to George W.

dogsoldier on May 29, 2009 at 3:45 PM

What people do not understand is that Bill Reilly’s believes in censorship of the Internet and that he is the sole arbitrator in what will get airtime.

What he does not grasp is that the people have the right to comment on anything they wish without his approval.

Who is the fascist in this situation, HotAir or BO?

ScottyDog on May 29, 2009 at 5:23 PM

There’s no way that comment should have been censored. What a tempest in a teapot. The Free Republic comment was, in fact, tasteless, however.

evergreen on May 30, 2009 at 2:51 AM

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