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Bill O’Reilly Blames Rap Music for the Decline of Organized Religion

Yesterday Pew Research Center released the results of a survey showing a rapid decline in the number of Christians in the United States. Now Fox News bigmouth Bill O’Reilly has pronounced the underlying cause: rap music. Really, as reported by the Washington Post:

A new study from Pew Research shows an increase in the number of Americans who aren’t affiliated with a church. Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly used this tidbit to rail against an unexpected target: rap music.

“There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment,” O’Reilly said. “The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people — the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and TV shows promote non-traditional values. If you are a person of faith, then the media generally thinks you are a loon.”

So the causality here, in O’Reilly’s mind, goes like this: Young people listen to “rap music.” -> They hear descriptions of “depraved behavior.” -> It sinks into their minds.

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Falklands Controversy Shows Why Bill O’Reilly Will Never Be Fired

Bill O’Reilly is a guy who likes to make the claim that the mainstream media, which is to say, all media that isn’t either his own Fox News or the far right blogosphere, is liberal. He seems to believe that there are dark, clandestine forces that are at work against him, which, at the same time, serve to coddle and prop up anyone who doesn’t unquestioningly accept his point of view. And as with every claim that O’Reilly makes, the opposite is usually true.

Nowhere is this more evident than the current controversy Bill O’Reilly finds himself in. In the wake of the 6 month suspension of NBC’s Brian Williams over an erroneous statement he made about his time covering the Iraq War, David Corn and Daniel Schuman at Mother Jones had an interesting idea: that perhaps by digging into statements made by O’Reilly in the past, they might come across some errors too.… Read the rest

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Bill O’Reilly Has A New Book Claiming That Jesus Died In Protest Of High Taxes

killing jesusI can’t even. Via the Daily Beast, early Christianity expert Candida Moss reviews a new scholarly work for the Fox News crowd:

Jesus was killed because of taxes. That’s more or less the message of Bill O’Reilly’s new book. In Killing Jesus: A History, Bill O’Reilly and writing partner Martin Dugard bring us their long-awaited “accurate account of not only how Jesus died, but also the way he lived.”

The basic argument is that Jesus died because he interfered with the taxation-heavy Roman revenue stream. The reason the Jews eagerly anticipated the Messiah, writes O’Reilly, is, “When that moment arrives, Rome will be defeated and their lives will be free of taxation and want.”

It’s true that the people did long for the Messiah and that the majority of them were poor and oppressed. But even if the Romans had been overthrown the people would have still been paying tithes to Jewish authorities to sustain the Temple, as Biblical and Jewish laws demand.

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I’m Black and I Want More “Stuff” and “Things”: An Open Letter to Bill O’Reilly

Jesse Hagopian writes at Common Dreams:
On election night, as it became increasingly clear that Mitt Romney was going to lose the election to Barack Obama, I watched Fox News host Megyn Kelly ask you, “How do you think we got to this point?” You responded by saying,
Because it’s a changing country. The demographics are changing. It’s not a traditional America anymore and there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, they want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. The white establishment is now the minority...
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Fox News & Bill O’Reilly Are America’s Most Trusted News Sources

Bill O'Reilly / Fox NewsPaul Bedard reports in U.S. News & World Report:

In a stunning rejection of network news and nightly news anchors, cable news, driven by the Fox News Channel and mouthy Bill O’Reilly, is now the top most trusted source—by a mile.

In a new poll from Boston’s Suffolk University (PDF), more than a quarter of the nation says Fox is tops when it comes to who they trust the most and O’Reilly is the most believable.

“This poll shows two things: first, the network news have completely lost their brand. Second, the only network with any intensity is Fox News,” says Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center. “Bottom line: the more they attack Fox, the stronger it is getting,” he adds.

But at the liberal Media Matters, Executive Vice President Ari Rabin-Havt says the public’s trust in Fox is disturbing. A regular Fox critic, he says the poll reveals that “Fox News viewers trust the information that Fox gives them.”

The key finding in the telephone poll of 1,070 likely voters is that network news is dying.

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Why Bill O’Reilly Is Running Scared Of Alex Jones

Alex Jones' colleague Paul Joseph Watson, editor of InfoWars, details the horror expressed by traditional media stalwarts like Bill O'Reilly at Jones' sudden appearance in the mainstream:
It has become abundantly clear that the establishment is so petrified of the fact that Alex Jones is at the tip of the spear of a new media revolution that is sweeping away the old guard, that we have now reached the point where talking heads like Bill O’Reilly and indeed the Obama White House itself dare not even mention his name.
During a segment about “the dumbest things of the week,” Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly entertained his dwindling geriatric audience by poking fun at Alex Jones’ appearance on The View last week, chuckling and guffawing at the behavior of “some guy on the radio, we really don’t know who he is.”...
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‘The View’ Hosts Walk Out On Bill O’Reilly

'The View's' Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar demonstrate how best to deal with Bill O'Reilly when you disagree: walk away. The Washington Post reports:
Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg made it clear on today's "The View": They are not fans of Bill O'Reilly. During his visit to their show today, the conversation turned to the Park51 community center. O'Reilly staunchly attacked President Obama for not commenting on the "appropriateness" of the location.
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