Wednesday, March 24, 2010

O'Reilly, Biden, Tiger and us

*I don't know how to tell you this, but Bill O'Reilly is beginning to sound like a moderate in comparison to his Fox News colleagues, as well as to some of the talk-radio screamers. Last night he suggested the radio reactionaries are going too far in their ratcheted right wing rhetoric. His guests, John Grambling and Mike Gallagher, the latter in particular, said, in effect, "You ain't seen nothing yet!"

*Speaking of which, I can't find an excuse for VP Joe Biden's dropping of the F-bomb at the health care signing ceremony; he ought to know about microphones, after all. But at least he thought his colorful language was only for the president's ear in which he whispered it. Then there's Rush Limbaugh, who bellowed into the microphone for the edification of millions of listeners that his followers have to "go after the bastards" who pushed the health care bill into law. How's that for reasoned discourse? Sadly, more so than ever, it's SOP for extremists of all stripes.

*When Tiger Woods made his initial public mea culpa, he acknowledged having operated within his own set of rules, the suggestion being that it would stop then and there. Wrong! When he offered himself up for interviews Sunday, he didn't impose a subject limit, but he did restrict the questioning to five minutes. ESPN and The Golf Channel took the bait. CBS did not. Woods is all about control. As long as journalists let him get away with it, he will.

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