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Bill O'Reilly and His Christmas Crap

You will not believe the actual email I received from our school district today.

Dear Plano ISD eNews Subscribers:

On Friday, December 9, on the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," with Bill O'Reilly and guest Jim Pinkerton, Fox 4 News analyst, it was falsely reported in a segment entitled "More Victories for Christmas" that ...

....."In Plano, Texas, a school told students they couldn't wear red and green because they are Christmas colors."......

Due to the number of e-mails, inquiries and phone calls to Plano ISD regarding students "wearing red and green," Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Doug Otto is e-mailing this communication to eNews subscribers (and has posted this message on the PISD website) to assure the school community that this rumor is false.

"The school district does not restrict students or staff from wearing certain color clothes during holiday times or any other school days," noted Dr. Otto, who said that the school district's attorney has requested that Mr. O'Reilly retract the statement.

Dr. Otto said that our attorney requested of Mr. O'Reilly that, in the future, he ask his fact checkers to do a more thorough job of confirming the facts before he airs them.

"It would be our hope that you would engage in fair and balanced reporting of this nationally recognized school district in the future," PISD's attorney wrote to Mr. O’Reilly.

Related Link:

The O'Reilly Report - “More Victories for Christmas” - online segment
summary:
http://www.billoreilly.com/show?action=getShowByShowTopic&showTopicID=2252#1


So is the man unfair and unbalanced or just a little dumb?

Comments

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tx_cronopio
Dec. 13th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Oy, vey!

I'm trying to say this tactfully without insulting your home t own, but this is a very odd target for ole BO to pick. I mean, Plano? It's pretty white and Republican, not his usual fare.

I think he's going insane, myself. Not that it was a long trip. Hey, I saw your comment about the canoodling mom on salon.com, I felt like I knew someone famous :)
lonestarslp
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
Thats why I have to laugh! Plano? Of course, they are being sued by some right wing idiots who wanted to hand out religious candy canes at school, so maybe those doofuses started the rumor.

Thanks for pointing out my salon letter--It got a star! (head is swelling)
sclerotic_rings
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
Yes. In Bill's case, obviously more than a few blatant falsehoods will help prove that Christmas needs to be protected...and I'll bet $10 that Bill won't admit that he was spreading lies on the air unless he's actually threatened with a lawsuit. Falafel Boy isn't about ready to admit that he was wrong.
lonestarslp
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Hye, maybe Plano can score a little money lost from the candy cane crap suit by suing FOX!
gurdonark
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
All of the above, plus cynical, combative, profit-making and seen largely as entertainment only.
theodicy
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Um...I have some choice words to describe Mr. O'Reilly, except that they're not really printable.
scienceguru
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
You know, how much credibility can you really place in a man whose career began on a television tabloid show? I mean, really...what a dumbass.

P.S. I used that parent letter you sent me a while back in class today. Many, many thanks!
lonestarslp
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
You are welcome! I hope school gets better for you.
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