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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

A Considerable Mouth

posted by Jazz at 1/11/2005 09:29:00 AM


Ah, a heartwarming tale to be sure comes to us today from CNN. By now I'm sure most of you are familiar with Faux "News" shill Bill O'Reilly, columnist, host of "The O'Reilly Factor", and winner of Media Matters 2004 "Misinformer of the Year" award. He keeps very busy belting out shrill parcels of misinformation supporting the Bush administration, but even Bill has to have other interests to fill up his free time. What's a pundit to do? Well, in O'Reilly's case it appears that he likes attacking people who try to organize charity events. This is round two between him and George Clooney.

After the telethon for victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, O'Reilly complained on his program that not all the money pledged was making its way to victims.

"You may also remember that Clooney strenuously objected to 'The Factor' investigation that uncovered problems in distributing the 9/11 money, even though we proved our case and the Red Cross revamped its entire operation because of it," O'Reilly told viewers Thursday.

He said his program "will be watching to see if the money gets to the tsunami victims. If it does not, there will be trouble. And this time nobody can say they weren't warned."

Clooney finally found a good way to shut the Mouth of Faux up. He invited him to come lend a hand in the charity event himself.

Arguing that O'Reilly's latest comments were for "personal gain," the star of "Ocean's Twelve" said, "Because of it, fewer people will donate money to help truly traumatized victims; they'll be afraid that their money will do no good."

O'Reilly wished the event well when he discussed it Thursday.

"We want the telethon to be a big success and we applaud the time and generosity of George Clooney and the other stars," he said. "But with power comes responsibility. And we expect all the telethon people to understand that."

Clooney, in turn, accused O'Reilly of failing to recognize his responsibility, noting "you have become quite powerful."

He added, "I don't make as much money as you."

Then came the challenge:

"I'm booking the talent for the Tsunami event... and you, Mr. O'Reilly, are now officially invited to be a presenter... [at this point, not one of the people I've invited to donate their time has said 'No']... this way, You can personally follow up on our fund raising... this is your chance to put your considerable money where your considerable mouth is... show up... help raise money... and if we're doing something wrong, point it out."

"Either you ante up and help out AND be that watch dog that you feel we clearly need... or you simply stand on the sidelines and cast stones," he wrote.

Anyone care to take bets as to which path O'Reilly takes?