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Orwellian: Bill O'Reilly Uses His Own Lie To Claim Media Matters Lied

ProudProgressive 2012/03/15 19:28:49

Orwellian: Bill O'Reilly Uses His Own Lie To Claim Media Matters Lied
By karoli
March 15, 2012

Bill O'Reilly has been studying Orwell, I see. Up is down, right is wrong, Breitbart is God, Media Matters is Satan. Lawrence O'Donnell's claims that the media never uses the word "lie" notwithstanding, Billo seems to have no problem using it, at least when it applies to Media Matters. Unfortunately he should try looking in the mirror.

The conflict centers around this Media Matters post about gas prices from March 5th, which contrasts a Billo clip from the summer of 2008 with one from this year:

Following GOP strategy, Fox News is again blaming the Obama administration for rising gasoline prices -- a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts. But back in the summer of 2008, when the average U.S. gasoline price hit a record high of $4.11, Fox said that "no President has the power to increase or to lower gas prices."

I shouldn't have to actually say this, but I will since it's the center of the Billo lie: Republican George W. Bush was President in the summer of 2008. Keep that thought while I lay out his very weird, Orwellian up-is-down argument, where he invokes the ghost of Breitbart as proof of evil intent. More from Media Matters:

In 2008, Fox's coverage occasionally even mirrored the facts: expanding domestic oil drilling will not significantly lower prices, and the only way to reduce our vulnerability to gas price spikes is to use less oil. Perhaps there was more room for reality-based coverage at Fox when there wasn't an incumbent president to defeat?

Here is O'Reilly's insane argument:

O'REILLY: Before he died, Andrew Breitbart spoke to The Hollywood Reporter. That was the last interview he ever did. Mr. Breitbart was upset because he believed the left-wing media was trying to destroy him. He pointed to Media Matters as the primary offender.

Breitbart went on to accuse the far-left website of receiving orders from the DNC and passing those orders on to MSNBC. Breitbart called it a rigged operation and was furious that a news agency as powerful as NBC would engage in dishonest practices.

O'Reilly starts babbling about George Soros and corruption of the editorial process right after that.

So, Billo, That's some classic right-wing projection there. Accuse your enemy of what you are doing. I've written this so often it's probably etched on this site in stone, but let me adjust the tense: Breitbart lied. He lied, and he spoke lies easily because lies were his native tongue. So please excuse me if I scoff at Breitbart's paranoia for a moment.

There. Much better. If only his lying sites could have been destroyed with the truth, but alas. As long as there is an appetite for lies, those sites will soldier on, with or without Andrew Breitbart, and definitely in partnership with Fox News.

Billo now steps up with his claim that he, the Great and Powerful O'Reilly, has been Media Matters' victim, too!

O'REILLY: As you know, I've been very critical of the oil companies jacking up gas prices when there is plenty of supply available in the USA. I've criticized President Obama for doing nothing about it when he could call the oil chieftains and get behind legislation to limit oil speculation.

Those would be the same oil chieftains that spoke to the President through their puppet, Petroleum Institute Jack Gerard, telling him to "approve Keystone XL pipeline or else?" Those guys?

And now we get to it:

O'REILLY: Enter Media Matters, who calls me a hypocrite because they say I didn't hammer President Bush when gas prices rose during his tenure. Here's what Media Matters ran on its website.

(begin clip)

O'REILLY: When you hear a politician say he or she will bring down oil prices, understand it's complete BS. If Americans want lower gas prices, cut back.

(end clip)

O'REILLY: Now Media Matters posted that clip nine days ago, but they dishonestly edited it. Here's the full clip:

(begin clip)

O'REILLY: The Republican Party pretty much lets big oil do whatever it wants and refuses to rein in corrupt speculators who drive up the price of oil. So the next time you hear a politician say he or she will bring down oil prices, understand it's complete BS. If Americans want lower gas prices, cut back. (end clip)

So, how was that dishonestly edited? Well, here's what Billo says:

I believe President Bush is a Republican, is he not?

So Media Matters lied as it always does. It takes video clips out of context every single day.

If I understand this correctly, and I'm fairly sure I do, Bill O'Reilly is claiming that the omission of his claim that the Republican party lets big oil do whatever it wants and refuses to rein in corrupt speculators is the equivalent of the criticism Fox News levels at President Obama:

Fox falsely suggested that Obama's energy policies are to blame for the increase in prices, without explaining that prices were low in January 2009 because the recession slashed demand. [The O'Reilly Factor, 2/9/12][CNSNews.com, 2/14/12] [Drudge Report, 2/14/12][Senate Republican Conference, 2/15/12][Fox & Friends, 2/15/12][Your World with Neil Cavuto, 2/15/12][The Five, 2/15/12][Special Report, 2/15/12][Fox & Friends, 2/16/12]

Let me try to put that in Orwellian terms: Media Matters uses verbatim clip from Bill O'Reilly to illustrate his claim that politicians (without regard to party) have very little control over gas prices, but supply and speculation are much larger factors. Bill O'Reilly agrees that he said that about politicians during a Republican administration. Media Matters contrasts that clip with today's coverage, where it is entirely Obama's fault that gas prices have risen sharply in 2012 (not speculators and supply, but only Obama).

Therefore, Media Matters is lying? No, Media Matters didn't lie. O'Reilly lied to his audience when he led them to believe the comparison was between O'Reilly saying Obama should call an oil powwow and O'Reilly saying politicians' influence over oil prices is BS. So really, this is what it is: O'Reilly lied, therefore Media Matters lied. Orwellian, much?

No wonder he had to invoke Breitbart's ghost. That logic is so audacious he needed cover from someone, somewhere.

Sarcasm aside, this assault on Media Matters is ramping up to a pathological level across the right-wing spectrum of liars and shills. The echo chamber is alive with the screams of wingers everywhere who simply hate the fact that the truth has a liberal bias. That must mean they're hitting a nerve.

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  • Ron 2012/03/15 20:17:45
    Anyone and everyone that calls them on their lies and hypocrisy becomes a target, including anyone that does so here on sodahead.

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  • Guru_T_Firefly 2012/03/16 05:10:07
    Bill O'Reilly should follow Rush's lead and rid himself of unwanted advertisers.

    bill o reilly can t explain that

    bill o reilly can t explain that

    bill o reilly can t explain that
  • Hanna 2012/03/15 21:22:21 (edited)
    Bill O'Reilly is one of the THE dumbest conservatives in the world and, frankly, he has a lot of competition. O'Reilly continually lies but, of course, he works for the Republican/Tea Bagger/Conservative Party propaganda machine.
  • carolynb 2012/03/15 20:27:57
    What about all the others on Fox that said the same thing even if we discount completely what O'Reilly said.
  • darcie lamar 2012/03/15 20:19:40
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    Of course you would support this. If the tables were turned you would be squealing like a stuck pig.
    This. From Media Matters' Karl Frisch:
    "We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors, senior network and corporate staff." stuck pig squealing
  • ProudPr... darcie ... 2012/03/15 20:49:48
    Assuming that the supposed memo was real (dubious at best), the fact that someone at MM suggested something doesn't mean that it was acted upon. If I sent a memo to you saying "let's go out and trash Kirsten Gillibrand" [just picking a name at random] could I then accuse you of trying to trash Senator Gillibrand? Fox has and does routinely dig into the private lives of those they want to attack, and if they don't find anything they just make it up. Matt Drudge and Michele Malkin have built entire careers out of this sort of character assassination. The dear departed Andrew Breitbart was a master of this sort of attack. Just look at the way the Right Wing led by Limbaugh have created an entire nonexistent personal life for Sandra Fluke to try to discredit her.

    If I were you I'd get out of the sty with these pigs.
  • MsTLynne ProudPr... 2012/03/15 22:08:01
  • Guru_T_... MsTLynne 2012/03/16 05:18:18
    It's certainly in the top three.
  • Hanna darcie ... 2012/03/15 21:23:10
    It's so hilarious you didn't post the source.
  • Guru_T_... darcie ... 2012/03/16 05:16:53
  • Ron 2012/03/15 20:17:45
    Anyone and everyone that calls them on their lies and hypocrisy becomes a target, including anyone that does so here on sodahead.
  • ProudPr... Ron 2012/03/15 20:52:01
    Of course. Any source that presents verifiable factual well documented information instantly becomes a "puppet of the liberal media." The Right Wing actually respected Factcheck.org as a reliable and impartial site until they blew up the birther nutjobs, and since then they have been a "liberal tool". Same with Politifact, Snopes, even the New York Times. Yet Fox, whose bias is so large it could eclipse the sun, is "fair and balanced", Andrew Breitbart becomes a "fighter for truth", and on and on ad nauseum.
  • Idiot repubs 2012/03/15 20:15:48
  • gfreema... Idiot r... 2012/03/15 20:27:18
  • Priorian 2012/03/15 20:11:19
    Bill is great!!!!! Oreilly is just to powerful for you. LOL
    Bill Oreilly number one
    oreilly powerful lol
  • gfreema... Priorian 2012/03/15 20:27:50
  • Orangedragan 2012/03/15 20:07:12
    Eurasia is our ally and always has been. EastAsia is our enemy and always has been.
  • ProudPr... Oranged... 2012/03/15 20:52:49
  • Oranged... ProudPr... 2012/03/15 21:58:18
    Funnily enough, I'm going to be in a dramatic production of 1984 in a couple months as Winston.

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