“The O’Reilly Factor”
Thursday’s “Factor” was canceled for the non-partisan (or was it bi-partisan) lovefest at Ground Zero, so my week of O’Reilly viewing was truncated by a day. Forgive the lateness in posting my take on Friday’s installment, but I was… well… attempting to have a life.
O’Reilly introduced his show by discussing what he called “Sarah Palin vs. Charlie Gibson.” Though he meant it disparagingly, I like that a reporter and a politician are presupposed to be adversaries. I am uncomfortable with the kittenish attitude displayed by most members of the White House Press Corps, and though I think Charles Gibson is a far cry from a great journalist, I don’t think any of DC’s finest (including Bob Schieffer, whom I happen to respect a great deal) could have done a better job under the circumstances.
O’Reilly thinks the Bush Doctrine was “the effort to marginalize terrorism by promoting democracy.” Gibson believes the Bush Doctrine is “the use of military action to prevent terrorist attacks.” Can’t we all just get along?
Who in the hell are “the secular media?” O’Reilly was up in arms about what he perceived to be a bunch of godless heathens with press credentials. O’Reilly believes these infidels berate any politician who believes in God. As if Palin’s beliefs encapsulate what the majority of Christians believe. I maintain the reason Christianity gets a bad rap from the media is because religion has no lobbyist campaigning (and bribing) reporters to put a positive spin on, for lack of a better phrase, the product they are selling. The pope in no way reflects the true face of Christianity. The leader of the Christian church was and continues to be Jesus Christ, and He doesn’t issue press releases or lead news conferences these days. Within that vacuum of living authority, self-proclaimed religious leaders like Al Sharpton on the left and James Dobson on the right step in and distort Christianity to suit their respective agendas. And absent divine intervention, the press cover it as the gospel truth, so to speak.