Why Bill O'Lielly Is a Piece of Shit

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2015-10-09 08:54

One day ago I posted a piece celebrating Fox's 19th birthday. I meant it. Fox has held the line against Political Correctness in a way that has delayed a full-blown PC tyranny. Bill O'Reilly, on the face of it, has been a part of that. But today I watched footage of him that made me realise anew that he is part of the problem, not part of the solution. Bill O'Reilly, as I've already pointed out, is a liar. Liars do not help the cause of freedom. By their lies, they discredit it, and thereby set it back.

Bill O'Lielly lied about hearing the self-inflicted gunshot wound of George de Mohrenschildt, on the eve of his (de Mohrenschildt's) testimony before the House Committee on Assassinations that was looking into the murder of John F. Kennedy. O'Lielly wasn't there. The suicide took place in Florida. O'Lielly was in Texas at the time, and when he heard about it, phoned someone to ask about it, in conversations that are on tape.


When someone brazenly lies, as O'Lielly has, I think one is entitled to doubt everything he says.

Now, O'Lielly has published a book about President Ronald Reagan, the greatest American President of the twentieth century. It's called Killing Reagan, just as the book in which he lied about hearing the suicide shot of a friend of JFK's alleged assassin was called Killing Kennedy. Full disclosure: I have not read the book, and, given O'Lielly's track record, will not. But I've watched interviews where O'Lielly talks about it. It is clearly a shameless attempt to make money by claiming that Reagan was affected by Alzheimer's while he was President.

Now, Reagan left office in 1988. In his eight years as President, he rebuilt America's military, sparked an unprecedented economic boom, won the Cold War, and restored the sheen to "the shining city on the hill." For that, he will never be forgiven by the illiberals whom O'Lielly affects to despise. Here is Reagan in 1992, four years after he left office. This is a man who at the age of 81 can deliver a speech far better than O'Lielly can. As a professional broadcaster, and as one who has dealt directly with Alzheimer's in my family, I know that the cleverness of Reagan's selective emphases could not be performed by someone who had had the disease for years, or even one year. Reagan was diagnosed two years after this, and was still lucid enough to write a handwritten note to the American public telling them about the diagnosis.

O'Lielly is cashing in on Reagan's corpse. He is beyond disgusting. Americans, I know you're Useless Inert Nothings when it comes to defending your founding principles and those who uphold them, but please, on this occasion, out of love for your greatest President in our lifetimes, could you just try, for a moment or two?! Boycott the book, and let O'Lielly know why you're doing so!


Mr_Lineberry's picture

biggest false historian in America is a fantasist called Lamar Waldron.

Instead of following historical facts wherever they may lead as historians are supposed to do, Mr Waldron has made a career out of trying to make history fit a predetermined conspiracy theory; when historical research doesn't lead anywhere near Waldon's fantasies he simply.... makes it up Sticking out tongue

I found 4 glaring errors, directly contradicted by 'history', on the first page of his latest book, and it goes downhill from there getting more and more embarrassing as I read each page.

It seems Mr O'Reilly is an avid student of the Lamar Waldron School of Historical Research: "If The Facts Don't Fit Just Make It All Up"

As such Mr O'Reilly really does disgrace himself by passing off junk Georgetown liberal Democrat cocktail party gossip circa. 1982 as fact, and himself as some sort of historian.

Killing O'Lielly

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Here's Reagan, three years after leaving office, ten years into his Alzheimer's, according to O'Lielly:

Now, O'Lielly's lies in Killing Reagan are being made into a movie. Such a travesty must be stopped. His vicious, mercenary lies must be exposed.

George Will Rejoins

Lindsay Perigo's picture

'In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald writes of Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who “smashed up things” and then “retreated back into . . . their vast carelessness . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” Tidying up after O’Reilly could be a full-time job but usually is not worth the trouble. When, however, O’Reilly’s vast carelessness pollutes history and debases the historian’s craft, the mess is, unlike O’Reilly, to be taken seriously.'


Thank you, Mike

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Today was ultra-hilarious, with O'Lielly "doubling down" (where did that dreadful expression come from and why am I using it?!) and claiming he'd continue to "confront deceit whenever it occurs." O'Lielly has the gall to say that?!

I learned today the reason O'Lielly wasted so much time at the outset trying to corner Will into calling this "Clemente" fellow a liar—Clemente has the power to fire Will from Fox, apparently. Good on Will for not being intimidated or sidetracked.

Hear, hear!

Mike Erickson's picture

Very well written, thank you Mr. Perigo.

Bill "O'really ill" O'Reilly is a blowhard and hack, he should go to NBC where he belongs.

Letter to Fox

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Dear Fox News

In the matter of the heated on-air exchanges between Bill O'Reilly and George Will over O'Reilly's latest work of fiction, Killing Reagan, O'Lielly is being as dishonest as he was over hearing de Mohrenschildt's suicide shot, seeing nuns shot in El Salvador, seeing conflict in the Falklands, etc. His "journalism" is as shoddy as his character. Reagan did not get Alzheimer's while in office, much less spend his days watching soap operas on television as O'Lielly so tawdrily claims. I'm sure these claims will come as news to Gorbachev, with whom Reagan negotiated so resolutely during this time, holding firm to his Strategic Defence Initiative, sounding the death knell for the Soviet Union in the process.

Here is Reagan in 1992, four years after leaving office, at which point, according to O'Lielly, the former President would have been in the mid-to-late stages of the disease. In fact, Reagan is displaying no signs at all of any such thing, delivering a 25-minute speech that is exemplary in its wit, passion, coherence, fluency, skillful selective emphasis, etc:

Two years later, in November, 1994, six years after Reagan left office, five Mayo Clinic doctors announced:

"Over the past 12 months, we began to notice from President Reagan's test results symptoms indicating the possibility of early stage Alzheimer's disease. Additional testing and an extensive observation over the past weeks have led us to conclude that President Reagan is entering the early stages of this disease," [Bold mine]

Reagan also announced the diagnosis himself, in a handwritten note to the American people. There was one crossing-out:

My Fellow Americans,

I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

In the past Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result many more people underwent testing.

They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now, we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing let me thank you, the American people for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

Average life expectancy after diagnosis is 6-8 years. Reagan lived 10 more years. Had he had Alzheimer's in 1987, especially if it started to kick in after the assassination attempt in 1981, as O'Lielly claims, he could not possibly have lived till 2004.

O'Lielly is a tawdry, tabloid liar, pure and simple. Fox News should not stand behind him, no matter how successful his lies have made him or them. Kudos to George Will for calling out this lying, shouting, bullying guttersnipe.

Pots and Kettles

Lindsay Perigo's picture

O'Lielly calls George Will a liar and a hack. Hilarious!


Lindsay Perigo's picture

For other O'Lielly lies, see my original The O'Lielly Factor, reprised at the top of the page.

..I don't know why Americans love lies

gregster's picture

The land of the freer is succumbing to alzheimers.
I see what you mean Linz, Reagan was genuinely convincing in that "touched the face of god" bolster for his slacking nation. It would be interesting for me to see whether he told many bare-faced lies, those which are normal and expected in this pomo-presi-age.

George Will ...

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... is on to it:


The book’s perfunctory pieties about Reagan’s greatness are inundated by its flood of regurgitated slanders about his supposed lassitude and manipulability. This book is nonsensical history and execrable citizenship, and should come with a warning: “Caution — you are about to enter a no-facts zone.”

Why ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... don't Americans take O'Lielly down on his bald-faced de Mohrenschildt lie?

Reagan speech-writer Peggy Noonan just published a book recalling, among other things, the "touched the face of God" speech following the Challenger disaster. I remember watching that speech live and thanking this "God" thing that I was alive to hear speeches of this quality from a sitting US President. According to O'Lielly's sensationalistic, tabloid trash-book, Reagan was already compromised by Alzheimer's when he delivered it, let alone eight years later when he delivered the speech I posted in my primary post (note—no one has disputed my observation that no one with Alzheimer's could have delivered that speech).

O'Lielly is a piece of shit. Fox diminishes itself by standing by him even when his lying is incontestable.

Americans diminish themselves by not caring.

Minimizing Reagan is petty

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He's another hero diminisher. O'Reilly is the worst type of mainstream conservative. He stands for nothing. At least Ann Coulter knows what she wants with regards to immigration and she knows the evil of Islam. She takes stands that mean something. I can't really recall O'Reilly ever departing from the mainstream Conservative quagmire of KASSlessness. Today Conservatives like him are called "Cuckservatives". It comes from alt-right circles but it means when a Conservative grants moral legitimacy to a liberal and allows liberals to be their moral judges. Incidentally, something Trump is not doing.

Another debunking

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Rearguard action for justice

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O'Lielly is now being called out on his lies.


As I've said before, if someone would just keep calling him out on the demonstrable deMohrenschildt lie, he wouldn't get away with any others. But no one does. Where has all the journalism gone?!


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Is that approval from Luke? Would Franklin Covey have approved?! I'd better change it. Smiling

Productive Action

Luke Setzer's picture

"Boycott the book, and let O'Lielly know why you're doing so!"

Every article should close with a brief, achievable call to action like this one.

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