Why is Bill O'Reilly Even Angrier Than Usual Lately?
Ken Tucker April 25, 2016
It has recently come to my attention — that is to say, his yelling woke me up during a few of my early-evening naps — that Bill O’Reilly has become noticeably more angry over the past week or so. Those of you who do not keep your televisions tuned to the Fox News prime-time lineup may say, “But wait: Isn’t anger O’Reilly’s thing? His shtick? His go-to mood?” Not at all, comrades. O’Reilly prides himself on his firm but folksy delivery; indeed, his favorite phrase is “the folks” — his blanket term for his audience and all Americans who are not the media or members of (his other fave phrase) “the far left.”
And so it’s striking to hear how steamed up he’s getting these days when imparting his wisdom via the “Talking Points Memo” that begins each edition of The O’Reilly Factor. Last Monday, O’Reilly addressed what he termed “The Big Lie of the 2016 Campaign.” The “lie”? Oh, you know without me telling you: that politicians are “deceiving Americans into believing that their success and well-being will be almost assured by a federal nanny state” — i.e., increasing aid to those less fortunate than people in Bill O’Reilly’s income bracket.