I like to understand viewpoints that aren’t my own: to understand how other people think and where they are coming from. But when it comes to tabloid rant-show host Bill O’Reilly, I feel like I’m out of touch. He and his show are incredibly popular. I know that. And yet I just don’t understand how anyone can possibly watch this guy in action and not think he comes off as a pompous, bullying, irrational windbag.
Are there really people out there that don’t find him to be consistently vile? If so can you explain your point of view to me? Can you watch this video, and explain to me how he in any way comes off as likable, intelligent, or even that his argument is rational? Put aside for a second whether or not you share his politics or religious views. Is this a person you think would make a good father or husband or friend, the way he treats people? You’d really buy his book for children and try to raise them to act like he does?
I just don’t get it. I was going to post more about the perennially nasty double standard, wherein the mere existence and mention of the existence of gay couples is somehow tantamount to a sex act performed out in public, whereas mentioning heterosexual couples, even having them be much more openly sexual, is just normal and fine, no cause for concern or media interest. But honestly, I’m having a hard time seeing why I would need to explain that to anyone.
…except that I know that there are literally millions of O’Reilly viewers who probably nodded along with him when he made this ridiculous double-standard argument. And I just don’t get it.