A few weeks back Bill O'Reilly published a fact less book, Killing Reagan. Apparently George Will took very belated exception to O'Reilly's book (which should probably have been labeled a novel). He keyboarded a column piece that has Bill O'Reilly aflame and generated another O'Reilly on-air tirade.
The interaction was captured and reported by many social media sources. We are borrowing a piece from If You Only News. The segment offers insight into the very reason I refuse to run out and spend money on books which are becoming common easy earnings items for celebrities. Of course, I wouldn't spend one-half of a penny on any book written by a conservative, but I also refuse to patronage books written by progressives. In any cases, the two conservatives sat for a 'hen fight."
You will notice from the moment the segment starts O'Reilly jumps to the attack mode regarding Will's alleged failure to "call me" about the column piece. The veracity of O'Reilly's writings appeared very much a secondary issue. The interchange reminded me of a couple of additional *in the news* cases. First O'Reilly's Abe Lincoln book was so full of inaccuracies it was, for a time, not sold in the Ford Theater bookstore in Washington DC. It was sold in a third party bookstore on a theater floor up and away from the main bookstore, but it didn't make the grade for direct sales in the main bookstore. The next item that came to mind as I watched the O'Reilly attack on fellow Fox News employee George Will: the current Ben Carson cover-up the lies with attacks against the "liberal media." Don't seriously address the inaccuracy or lack of veracity, attack the medium.
WATCH: ‘YOU’RE A HACK!’ BILL O'REILLY THROWS EPIC HISSYFIT. HAS CATFIGHT LIVE ON FOX NEWS (VIDEO)
O’Reilly has gotten criticism from others as well who were close to Reagan, and he has gone to great length to paint them as simply haters who don’t want “the truth” to be known. George Will, being one of these critics, had referred to O’Reilly’s book as a “no facts zone”.
O’Reilly had already responded to Will’s comment on a previous night, but that was not good enough for him. He invited Will on the show the following night and a hilariously huge slug-fest ensued.
Right out of the gate, O’Reilly accused Will of libel, and said Will was supposed to call O’Reilly before commenting on the book, and he never did. Bill, libel is something you write about a person that is untrue. A printed defamation, as it were. Libel is not a negative review of your sophomoric book.
Will shot back saying he had no responsibility or agreement to do this, and this book wouldn’t be the first time Bill had gotten something wrong.
O’Reilly shifted to Will taking issue with his use of a memo by a Reagan aide, that was already disowned by its own author. O’Reilly said he only disowned it after he was put “under heavy pressure” to which Will laughed in his face.
Bill then tried to say that his book was actually praising Reagan. Will responded to that by saying not only is Bill’s book untrue but by writing it he is actively doing the work of “the left” to discredit Reagan.
O’Reilly finally yelled back “You’re a hack! You’re in with a cabal of Reagan loyalists who don’t want the truth to be told!”
Watch the epic double temper tantrum of Bill O’Reilly and George Will, fighting it out live on Fox News, below: