I have always liked Bill O’Reilly. I don’t know him personally, but I wish I did. In fact, he’s probably one of the people I’d include on the list of people I would most like to have a conversation with about just about anything. No doubt, I would learn something, probably lots of things.
I bring him up because yesterday I happened to be listening to the radio, and Bill was a guest on the show. He was talking about his new book, Killing England, and about how he was set up in what he referred to as a ‘hit’ in a smear campaign by those with opposing views from his own. His words echoed loudly, almost as a warning for Americans to pay attention, as we allow people to remove reminders of our country’s history.
Some say if you fail to understand the argument of those with opposing views, you fail to understand your own stance. So even if you’re not a fan of Mr. O’Reilly, or agree with him on various issues. it’s probably not such a bad idea, if you take the time to listen to what he has to say.
The closest I ever came to meeting him was when I interviewed Alison Levine, the amzing woman who climbed Mt Everest, and does so much for so many. We were having dinner in New York City, and Bill was sitting next to us, no doubt discussing something of substance.
Is Bill a bad guy? Did he make mistakes which caused him to deserve being ousted from his perch on whichever television network ran his show? Or was he a victim of a smear campaign? Bill referred to the entertainment and news industry of which he was a part of for so many years, as hateful. Such a shame, when people set out to destroy others without any regard.
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine – Walter Cronkite