I don't know if I'm happier that this is yet another victory for Bill O'Reilly (one of my personal heroes), or a minor one for myself, as just the other day I pretty much singlehandly had to denfend the Fox News Channel against two or three people who were trying to convince everyone that Fox was unreliable and little more than a tabloid. This is just one example of many, but it could not have came at a more opportune time. ^_^
Anyway, a few days after 9-11, Bill O'Reilly ran a story saying that University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian had terrorist ties. The very next day, the NY Times, the Miami Herald, the LA Times, Time magazine, Salon.com, and all of the other news orginizations accused our humble correspondant of every bad thing they could think to print. He was a racist. He wanted blood for 9-11 and pinned these horrible crimes on this "innocent" man. Al-Arian is as true an American as anyone on their staff. Et cetera, et cetera.
Okay....Bill brings him on the Factor to give him a chance to clear his name. Instead, he gets grilled. Every time Bill asked him a question, his replies were just "I don't know what you're talking about" or "I've never heard that before"....avoiding the questions instead of answering them. That's not enough to damn him, but it certainly is suspicious. Kinda like pleading the 5th on every single question at a court case. But, you gotta give Bill credit - he gave the guy a chance to defend himself. I can't think of anything more fair than to give your enemy a spot on national TV so that he can get his side of the story out to the people.
Then, a year and a half later, they find out that the info the Factor dug up was correct after all. I think there were 126 pages in the document of the charges he had against him? Whatever it was, it was ludicrously huge. The AP credited Bill when they reported on this story. Yet all of the afforementioned news sources above seem to have forgotten that they stood up for this man, claiming him to be a true American, 100% innocent, found without fault.
And all of this from the news channel that Mouse was claiming to be horribly inaccurate, no better than a tabloid, and that only gets ratings by shocking and scaring everyone, running around like Chicken Little when the sky was falling. According to her, Fox News simply makes up it's own news to have something to report, which is likely what she would have labeled the Al-Arian story as being. Normally I don't like rubbing people's noses in the dirt, chanting that "I'm right" and "I told ya so", but Mouse always claims to see the facts. Well, here they are.
(I'm also happy cause I love sticking up for Bill. You might argue that I'm not being a good sport, but this *is* being posted on my journal - not on the forums where I originally got into this debate. I know I'm right, but I'm not going to start up another thread there just to prove to everyone else that I'm right. No need for starting unnessesary fights. Besides, though she seems to be my polar opposite as far as our political beliefs go, it's still cool to have someone to debate with.)