Video: Bill O’Reilly and I yell at each other about the Internet

posted at 10:01 pm on February 25, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Actually, there’s less yelling here than usual, but it’s good fun. My position: Yes, the Internet and video games and texting can be abused, just like many other things, but let’s not discount the great good to humanity the Internet represents. Let’s also focus on personal responsibility, good parenting, and education about media consumption habits being an antidote to the social dangers the Internet can pose instead of throwing our hands up and declaring it to be the end of us all. I don’t want to go back to a time when there were three networks and a handful of newspapers from which to get information, and I believe more information for more people is ultimately a good thing and a way to combat ignorance even if people sometimes use the Internet for things I don’t personally endorse.

O’REILLY: Now, a recent study by the Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine looked at almost 500 female college freshmen. It concluded the average time spent on social media — nearly 12 hours a day. That’s the average! And the intense social media is harming those women in academic and social endeavors. Joining us now from Washington, a big booster of the ‘net, Mary Katharine Ham.”

HAM: “Hey there, Bill.”

O’REILLY: “Here is yet another study added to a to be — ton of others. That say the overuse, the reliance, the addiction, whatever you want to call it is creating people who are flawed. Let’s use that word. You say?”

HAM: “First, let’s point out that presumably someone found that interesting academic study by an Internet search and not by cold calling a bunch of academics, which is what you would have to do 20 years ago and then waiting for a hard copy that you paid for to show up on your doorstep to disseminate this interesting information. You may put a link to it on billoreilly.com so that more people can find out this information. We should not discount that that in and of itself is revolutionary and allows people to inform themselves in ways they were never able to before. I do not want to go back to the days when there was a paucity of sources from which to get information, when there were three networks and a couple of newspapers. If that makes me a booster of the Internet while also acknowledging that abuse can be a problem, well then call me Buddy Garrity y’all, because I’m a booster.”

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I cannot stand watching BOR or The Factor. Sorry…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

hammer……get into it with Miller Time……OReilly…meh.

FlaMurph on February 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Without a doubt in my mind I believe Bill O’Reilly has someone else “do” the internet for him.

Pretty lime sherbet dress BTW. Pops on TV.

Marcus on February 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

You’re looking very Laura Petrie. I like.

Marcus on February 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

BOR, in addition to being a bore, is an ignorant bloviating pinhead.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I don’t want to go back to a time when there were three networks and a handful of newspapers from which to get information, and I believe more information for more people is ultimately a good thing and a way to combat ignorance even if people sometimes use the Internet for things I don’t personally endorse.

…which isn’t pertinent to anything O’Reilly said.

Advantage: O’Reilly.

Stoic Patriot on February 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hammer, I hope they pay you a lot of money to appear on that twits show

NOMOBO on February 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

This is why we need to legalize pot. The youths need something to do other than that blasted internet.

forest on February 25, 2014 at 10:14 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You would be under crying like a baby.

RickB on February 25, 2014 at 10:14 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You would be under crying like a baby.

RickB on February 25, 2014 at 10:14 PM

That’s you would be under BORe’s desk crying like a baby.

RickB on February 25, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Man, is hagfish going to pollute the QOTD thread again, calling us rude buffoons?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Having said that, online social media addiction is really an epidemic. It does more harm than good, overall. I also think it leads to too much social homogeneity.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

…BOR is a dick!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

“Bill! Teh internets is a series of tubes!!!”

Glenn Jericho on February 25, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Oh, man, she’s hot when she gets all argumentative, like.
.
Wait a second … does she read the comments to her stories, too?

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:22 PM

O’REILLY: Now, a recent study by the Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine looked at almost 500 female college freshmen. It concluded the average time spent on social media — nearly 12 hours a day. That’s the average!

What nonsense. There are 24 hours in a day. 7 hours sleeping. 1 hour bathing/grooming. 1 hour eating. 1 hour shopping. And even if only 2 hours taking revisionist “history” courses and other diversity and ethnic studies crap at “university”, if it was 12 hours “social media”, that would only leave … … well it would leave absolutely no time for sex at all.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

He’s been utterly unwatchable for years. I don’t get the attraction.

MT on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

A problem with social online media is that it’s often a fake, fantasy world. Young people, especially, get so caught up in it. People are cruel online and young people get so caught up in it. A lot of what happens there is posing and posturing, and they think it’s all real and get caught up in the drama of it all. Most would be better off and happier not using it much.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Well done MKH. I’ve said it before, but geez you are a hottie.

More to the point: where does BOR and all the other “conservative” broadcast MSMer’s staffers, who are totally responsible for every word that come out of this stiff’s mouth, get all their talking points and show topics? Oh yeah, the blogs.

Don’t bother thanking us!

WhatSlushfund on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

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canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

That’s why the universities now teach multi-tasking. =P

Stoic Patriot on February 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM

You’re looking very Laura Petrie. I like.

Marcus on February 25, 2014 at 10:08 PM

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Yes, and excellent casting to go along with “Bill O’Baxter”.

diogenes on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Nice dress color. Lower the neckline(severely)

Boo-foo the doo.

Just going by the pic. I don’t do cable.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

I cannot stand watching BOR or The Factor. Sorry…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Right there with you. What a bloviating ass.

BOR, in addition to being a bore, is an ignorant bloviating pinhead.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Well, OK… I second that too!

Hill60 on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

What nonsense. There are 24 hours in a day. 7 hours sleeping. 1 hour bathing/grooming. 1 hour eating. 1 hour shopping. And even if only 2 hours taking revisionist “history” courses and other diversity and ethnic studies crap at “university”, if it was 12 hours “social media”, that would only leave … … well it would leave absolutely no time for sex at all.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

What are you talking about? Half that sleeping is the sex.

DUH.

nobar on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

… it’s often a fake, fantasy world. Young people, especially, get so caught up in it. People are cruel online and young people get so caught up in it. A lot of what happens there is posing and posturing, and they think it’s all real and get caught up in the drama of it all. …

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

You just described high school.

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Next time she should pull a lead weight out of her purse and hit him in the head with it until he shuts up and lets her talk uninterrupted.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

What are you talking about? Half that sleeping is the sex.

DUH.

nobar on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Well I suppose if you prefer your women unconscious.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

roblem with social online media is that it’s often a fake, fantasy world. Young people, especially, get so caught up in it. People are cruel online and young people get so caught up in it. A lot of what happens there is posing and posturing, and they think it’s all real and get caught up in the drama of it all. Most would be better off and happier not using it much. bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Ummm….

wolly4321 on February 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Well I suppose if you prefer your women unconscious.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

And I’m sure the reverse is true.

nobar on February 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

blueballs on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

…BOR is a pinhead..(you missed this the other night)…and you!… a douche bag of your magnitude…could cleanse a whales v@agina!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

You just described high school.

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

…I think she’s in Jr. High…8th or 9th grade though!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

It’s almost like your job here is reporting on your job their.

But I know you can spin out mastery here when you want.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

bluegill: MKH,..has a Hammer, in case need be!!

canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

bluegill: MKH,..has a Hammer, in case need be!!

canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I have never seen her use it…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Every year, millions of Americans are injured, and tens of thousands killed, in traffic accidents.

By BO’R's logic, we should ban automobiles.

But automobiles also save lives and make us more productive so that we can get better nutrition, health care, etc., and live longer lives as a result, even after subtracting the deaths from those accidents.

The Internet has allowed people to share information in ways that were not possible just a few decades ago. The value to our lives of “social media” groups that allow people like The Bride of Monster to communicate with others around the world that have similar medical conditions, and provide support to one another to do the hard work necessary to ameliorate those conditions, is incalculable.

The Monster on February 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You just described high school.

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

…I think she’s in Jr. High…8th or 9th grade though!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Ninth grade was high school where I went. :) The idea was similar; junior high would work, too. It seems that the electronics just put all that bad stuff about socializing back then, onto steroids today.

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Where is QOTD?

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Thinking the same thing. It’s almost like we’re standing here in the lobby of this thread, waiting for QOTD to open up next door. Then we’ll go streaming over there.

Alien on February 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM

nobar on February 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Well I suppose if you prefer your women unconscious.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:29 PM

VorDaj:The Fluke types,..I’m surmising, ..(sarc):)

canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The internet is just a fad anyway, it will never catch on.

Exninja on February 25, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Meh, but I guess BOR’s show is #1 so a lot of people find it good TV.

I sensed a hint of insincerity/acting the part from Bill.

22044 on February 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM

He’s been utterly unwatchable for years. I don’t get the attraction.

MT on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

If he lost Miller Gutfeld and MaGurk, a lot of people would lose interest.

Mimzey on February 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

ave never seen her use it… OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:35 PM

She’ll fight back, though. That I respect. Maybe even curse a bit.

Spunky.

It’s like Hannity promoting his TV show on radio,, though. This.

No disrespect intended.

MKH has skills. I’ve read great articles.
I don’t care about O’rielly.

wolly4321 on February 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

What is this Internet thing of which you speak?

John the Libertarian on February 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

How do you measure the effect negative OR positive? What control group does one use? You’d need a parallel universe without internet but with all other things being equal.

Still, I tend to agree with O’Reilly on this one simply on the basis of the fact that, in many cases it becomes a substitute for face to face socialization and human interaction.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

but let’s not discount the great good to humanity the Internet represents.

I suspect that good is outweighed by the exponential growth of the porn industry since the arrival of the internet.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

in many cases it becomes a substitute for face to face socialization and human interaction.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 10:56 PM

How many of those people would be socially active otherwise? How many shut-ins, people with disabilities or limited contact are able to socialize more through the internet?

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Hmm, good point, but I was thinking more along the lines of the next generation growing up with this influence. I suspect the negative affects are immeasurable but I can’t help but think, like television, the negatives outweigh the positives in the long run.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

How many shut-ins, people with disabilities or limited contact are able to socialize more through the internet?

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Then again, is it really “socializing”? Take HotAir, for example. It’s really just a glorified chatroom, you know.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Then again, is it really “socializing”? Take HotAir, for example. It’s really just a glorified chatroom, you know.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I have an aunt with a litany of health issues, who lives in a fairly remote spot. She’s been fairly immobile for a few decades. She’s more in the loop with emailing and facebook etc. than she was before. While there are real negatives, I think the positive effects get glossed over.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM

BOR has become that which he initially loathed, arrogant and self-righteousness.

No Chop Charlie on February 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM

MK – why do you go on that show? Just my observation that BOR speaks to you in a condescending tone. He’s dismissive. Don’t feel alone though. He does that with most women.

Sorry, not going to watch the video, but every time BOR talks about the internet like it’s something that can be stopped, I realize just how totally out of touch he is. Very revealing.

Oink on February 25, 2014 at 11:31 PM

, I think the positive effects get glossed over.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Well, either way, it’s here to stay.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Well, either way, it’s here to stay.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Unless the Iranians deploy their EMP strategy. ;)

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

That’s true. Like everything else, good people can use it for good and bad people can use it to be bad.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM

MKH let’s him walk all over her. She needs to assert herself more and hit back. She was on the defensive the whole time.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Next time she should pull a lead weight out of her purse and hit him in the head with it until he shuts up and lets her talk uninterrupted.

VorDaj on February 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

might watch if there was a chance of that happening.

oh well.

kim roy on February 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 11:38 PM

True, but I’d stop short of assuming it’s totally innocuous.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2014 at 11:50 PM

So basically BOR is freaking out over the modern world…

William Eaton on February 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM

I cannot stand watching BOR or The Factor. Sorry…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

You can add Hannity’s awful program as far as I’m concerned. Kelly seems to be the only one on Fox News that has any brains.

HiJack on February 26, 2014 at 12:27 AM

MKH needs to vocally smack BOR in the mouth and about the head. What she needs is her own show.

HiJack on February 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

C’mon Mary’ … you’ve been posting the least flattering pics of yourself, lately.

listens2glenn on February 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM

BETTER HEADLINE: “Astounding Ham to Ham Combat by Bill O’Reilly and Mary Katharine.”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 26, 2014 at 12:51 AM

MKH, you are so much deserving of someone better to share the screen with.

trapeze on February 26, 2014 at 1:04 AM

I watched Thor instead. O’Reilly tries a bit too hard to deny reality. Or he is just stupid. Either way….meh.

pat on February 26, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Let’s shut down the internet!

(And don’t forget to buy your billoreilly.com premium membership.)

Jingo95 on February 26, 2014 at 2:20 AM

I cannot stand watching BOR or The Factor. Sorry…

OmahaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

There you go again. Announcing that you are better than everyone else. This is becoming a thing with you. You know what? Nobody gives a flying f&%# what you do or do not watch or what you do or do not find boing. What we do wish is that you would either add something of substance to a thread, OR, STFU. Thanks.

factsonlypls on February 26, 2014 at 2:26 AM

As Alanis might say (or sing), “Isn’t it ironic,” to be debating the evils of the Internet over the Internet which makes the debate possible.

Sounds like Hammer Time.

IndieDogg on February 26, 2014 at 4:44 AM

Da Machines! Dey is soaking ur minds through da screen and destroying all dats civilized… but before that it was…

Video games were to be the ruination of all civilization… but before that it was…

Elvis! Swiveling hips so violently that girls passed out, which was magical gyration magic which would put lewd thoughts into the minds of the young and destroy all that was good in the nation… but before that it was…

Pool halls! Nefarious dens of iniquity that were the ruination of all that was civilized… but before that it was…

The Waltz! All that unseemly dancing together… why no good would ever come of that!

Forgive me if I can’t watch BOR.

He said the surge would fail, and it didn’t.

And his rants against da machines! makes him into a Sarah Connor wannabe without the good looks or serious personality.

ajacksonian on February 26, 2014 at 5:51 AM

ajacksonian on February 26, 2014 at 5:51 AM

Um, don’t look now, ajack, but, curiously, we are, sort of screwed up as a society today.

I’m just sayin’

Cleombrotus on February 26, 2014 at 5:59 AM

The more I think about it, the more I think it’s just another distraction to keep our minds occupied so we never look up at the stars.

For me the measurement is always, does it help us to become better persons or does it merely keep us distracted so we avoid having to deal with the true spiritual problems of living.

O’Reilly may not be the best person to make this argument (I’d rather hear Theodore Dalrymple’s take on it) but behind his bluster and craziness, I suspect that this is what he’s sensing.

Mary Kathryne’s young, a product of our modern age, so she’s going to approach these sorts of things from the modern young person’s perspective which is increasingly technologically oriented. They measure their existence from a narrower perspective than someone who’s seen an alternative basis of comparison. To them, if it’s new, it’s good.

But I’m not so sure.

Cleombrotus on February 26, 2014 at 6:15 AM

I”m beginning to think Bill is a closet Amish. By his conversation over the last few years, I get the impression that he rarely if ever uses the internet for anything other than email, and I’m sure he has staff to open and sift those files.
I understand, and admire, his preference for reading books, but he is dismissive of the wealth of information available online and focuses only on kids and texting.
And as for his program, there was one last week where he just seemed pissed off — in a bad mood — and ready to be combative with whomever he was speaking to regardless of topic. He’s gotten ruder with Kirsten Powers — and with you, M-Kat. I’m expecting him to start cutting off microphones routinely to limit any disagreement with his positions. There’s a point after which he can no longer blame the abbreviated time slots between commercial breaks on truncating the responses of his guests. What’s the point of having guests with something to say if all he wants is a punching bag?

tpitman on February 26, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Without a doubt in my mind I believe Bill O’Reilly has someone else “do” the internet for him.
Pretty lime sherbet dress BTW. Pops on TV.
Marcus on February 25, 2014 at 10:07 PM

That’s how he does his books for sure….

Sherman1864 on February 26, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Don’t know who he will “kill” next…..

Sherman1864 on February 26, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Scratch the layer of and bluster BS covering O’Reilly and you will find an authoritarian statist underneath — It’s is okay if it’s for the children, or female college students, or … blah, blah, blah.

He’s just another self-appointed social engineer — The bane of universal suffrage representative democracy. They all know how everyone else should behave, and what the government should do to protect them from themselves, and that’s the way they vote. Power hungry politicians are only too happy to oblige.

farsighted on February 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

The long and short of it, O’Reilly has succumbed to his own ego (it was only a matter of time) and is woefully out of touch with modernity (“the urchins are addicted to the machines”) and MKH (bless her heart) needs to stick it out and be congenial for another 6 months or a year for the exposure. Painful as it must be for her, it’s great exposure to a few million people every time but she won’t have to do it forever.

Hang in there MKH!

Tim Zank on February 26, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Having said that, online social media addiction is really an epidemic. It does more harm than good, overall. I also think it leads to too much social homogeneity.

bluegill on February 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I think social media has its uses, but if you’re spending more than an hour a day on it, it becomes a colossal waste of time and energy. Luckily, like many fads, this one will also wane and drop to a sane level. The kiddies are already beginning to abandon facebook.

Also, as MKH said, none of these negatives outweigh the benefit of the enormous variety of information sources we have available to us now.

bettercallputin on February 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Great Job MKH!!!!

georgealbert on February 26, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Good interview except for the fact BOR is in it.

In the photo on the HA splash page, MKH looks like Overly Attached Girlfriend. It made me chuckle.

dkmonroe on February 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Bill who?

Galtian on February 26, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Saw a preview screening last night of the Internet-Terror flik “NonStop.” Don’t stop to watch (yet another) Hollywood hate-America slander-fest.

Spoiler Alert: Evil Texting Terrorists are… (naturally) American Vets disgruntled over 9-11 (ooow… such irony!).

Dud from start to finish. Even the opening scene is implausible. Air Marshal (Liam Neeson) exits his quiet car to answer his cellphone and is stunned(!) when aircraft noise interferes? It only goes implausibly downhill from there…

Climax scene (when villanous American vets reveal their sinisiter plot) is like a silly Batman sitcom plot– even the room tilts as they yammer on and on.

Don’t waste your money on NonStop stupidity.

Terp Mole on February 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

..jeeeeeeesh, MKH, these posts are getting as tedious as WWF cage matches or something. There’s gotta be a better way to make your bones. Move on, already!

The War Planner on February 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Bill, you pinhead.

oldennis on February 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Ham has had her 15 minutes, time for her to move on. She has lost her cred.

Wade on February 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

…which isn’t pertinent to anything O’Reilly said.

Advantage: O’Reilly.

Stoic Patriot on February 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

That’s what I thought.

I never thought that I would agree with O’Reilly over Ms. Ham, but yep.

Sterling Holobyte on February 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Spoiler Alert: Evil Texting Terrorists are… (naturally) American Vets disgruntled over 9-11 (ooow… such irony!).

Terp Mole on February 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Are you serious??!!
Of course, that really shouldn’t surprise me coming from hollyweird. Will they ever have a movie portraying muslims as terrorists(you know, the kind of people who really are terrorists?!) I won’t hold my breath for that one.

Sterling Holobyte on February 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I agree with Mary-Katherine. And…..

the Best Place for Young People to Waste Time on the Internet is?

the Pundit Pete Press Service.

The young woman on the right in this pic did, and it made all the difference.

From: Obamacare Disaster: Could President Be Losing His Base?

As for Mary Katherine, you go girl! Take on Bill every chance you get. He’s such a pinhead.

PunditPete on February 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest. (Proverbs 29:9)

wdkeller on February 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

MKH, perhaps you should remind Bill-O how TarHeels GOT that nickname

PJ Emeritus on February 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Both of them have salient points. And the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all public areas and homes lacked access to the internet, mobile texting and other communications for a regular period of time? Maybe from 10 pm on each night, all day either Saturday or Sunday? Do you realize how that would require everyone, kids included, to actually lift their head up and look around, see the real (rather than the virtual, game) world, talk face to face with friends, siblings and parents and otherwise get a feeling for interaction face to face with all the perils that portends…lacking the anonymity of electronic commentary or postings? Maybe there would be a certain training of civility and seeing folks as complex individuals, instead of smeared with the singular brush of one publicized point of view.

Anyone?

TKPedersen42 on February 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

He’s been utterly unwatchable for years. I don’t get the attraction.

MT on February 25, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Agree.

I once wrote an e-mail to his show criticizing him for his willingness to actually advocate for government censorship. He CHANGED the wording of my e-mail (which was already pithy and said exactly what I wanted to say) to try to make me look foolish, but I think he came off poorly for it.

The guy is a blowhard, a closet-progressive on many issues, and frankly a bully who talks over people constantly…aka a jerk.

xNavigator on February 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

There are a lot of comments about O’Reilly here that I agree with…and some, of course, where I don’t see things the same way. I do think that sometimes he goes out of his way to interrupt before it is necessary…and if I am trying to get the gist of what the guest is trying to argue and he cuts it off because it becomes clear to me, I am frustrated. O’Reilly may know where the guest is going, but he should be acting for my benefit, not his. If the guest is going to make a fool of him or her self, that let that person do exactly that. Maybe he has just gotten into the habit…a bad one…of trying to get to his target, and intending to explain it to his…what is his favorite term…oh, yes…”humble” audience later on. Well, I would prefer to have the information and make my own decision…even if I often agree with him. That doesn’t mean I am handing him my proxy for decision making.

On the other side, I like Kelly’s approach. Unless the guest is going way off the reservation, ignoring the stated topic or question, she will allow the answer to be completed…even if it is not an answer. That no answer is forthcoming is so much more apparent…and respects my ability to see that fact, instead of being told it. And even those with whom she disagrees seem more willing to appear on her show. I know I always watch or tape it…because I will learn a lot.

Despite his many years on the air, O’Reilly would do well to take a tip from her approach. Sure, maybe the time cuts down on one subject to be covered on each show, but it would be an improvement.

TKPedersen42 on February 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I think BOR’s rage against the machines is personal. His children are now early teens and are probably texting away. Couple that with split parenting and maybe the kids playing one parent off the other and you can have all sorts of fun and games.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “and now you know the rest of the story”.

Bikerdon on February 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

O’Reilly sucks. He is a complete ass, a moron, and a liar. I don’t watch his show anymore and when his commercials come on I change the channel or kill the volume. Anyone who believes AGW is real doesn’t deserve my time and he outright lies about gun owners, gun laws and gun shows. F him.

earlgrey on February 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM

When you show BOR’s stupidity, like this, you don’t get to come back. Since MKH doesn’t have a nationally syndicated show, she has to play by the rino’s rules.

TQM38a on February 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM