Here is a comment from a website dedicated to how much they can’t stand Bill O’Reilly. I am not at their level of contempt and vitriole, but I can honestly say that his grandstanding and lack of moral fiber (and his willingness to point out everyone else’s moral failures) puts him in the same dubious category as Rush Limbaugh in terms of how credible I find him. As in, not at all.
That is why I buy into this idea: Starting a mutual fund that invests in all the companies that Bill O’Reilly has proposed we, as the American buying public, boycott. Here is their assessment:
There are no certainties in life, and we’re certainly not qualified to give financial advice, but so
far Bill’s been pretty close to a perfect reverse barometer. If we had the capital and the clout,
we might consider launching a new mutual fund featuring the stocks of companies Bill has
strenuously warned his viewers against. We’re guessing we’d get our own Forbes cover in
about two weeks.
What our country needs are new innovative ways to call attention to things that we find offensive and distasteful. Protests, boycotts, email and mail campaigns (anyone remember snail mail…apparently no one, from the looks of my mailbox) are hugely ineffective.
The other day, I received THREE separate messages entreating me to sign a petition to protest the effort to remove “Touched By An Angel” from the airwaves because it mentioned God too much. It used a fictitious petitition supposedly put together by now-dead atheist Madeleine Murray-O’Hair to remove religious broadcasting from the airwaves. Every few weeks, I get another one of these petititions. First of all, there never was a petitition by O’Hair. Second, she died in 1995. Third, CBS never removed “Touched By An Angel”…the production company stopped producing it and no one wanted to pick it up. Fourth, even if all of this had happened, the petititions wouldn’t bother anyone unless there were forty million names on there. No one reads petititions. Would someone please check out one of the Internet Hoax sites before sending me another “petition that will change our country forever.”
More is changed when someone sets a good example than when they put on some meaningless protest. Today’s protests are only used by the media to argue over how many people were actually there. No one remembers them. Certainly not this one, even though it made the front page of the Bee. Do you think that changed anything?