On the January 3rd “Late Show with David Letterman”, host David Letterman called Bill O’Reilly out on his Christmas sham. I missed it.
I am a regular viewer of the show but I refuse to watch any show that people like Bill O’Reilly host or appear on. I do that for my sanity and blood pressure. That is one reason I have not watched the Sunday morning talk shows for many years.
I should have watched this time. Letterman called O’Reilly out during his segment when O’Reilly brought up the “war” on Christmas. He once again used as “proof” an elementary school in Wisconsin that supposedly changed the lyrics of “Silent Night” for a holiday concert. He never mentioned that his “proof” had been debunked months ago.
Lucky for me, and for you, the website Media Matters has the transcript and a video clip of the exchange. It went something like this:
LETTERMAN: I don’t — I don’t think this is an actual threat. I think this is something that happened here and it happened there, and so people like you are trying to make us think that it’s a threat.
LETTERMAN: Because nobody said “Happy Holidays” to me and then said, “Oh, Merry Christmas. Oh, I can’t say Merry Christmas.”
LETTERMAN: I’m not smart enough to debate your point to point on this, but I have the feeling — I have the feeling — I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap. But I don’t know that for a fact.
PAUL SHAFFER (Late Show music director): Sixty percent.
LETTERMAN: Sixty percent, that’s just a — I’m just spitballing here now.
O’REILLY: Listen, I respect your opinion, you should respect mine.
LETTERMAN: Well, I — I — OK.
O’REILLY: Our analysis is based on the best evidence we can get.
LETTERMAN: Yeah, but I think there’s something, this fair and balanced, I’m not sure that it’s — I don’t think that you represent an objective viewpoint.
It is interesting to note how O’Reilly wants Letterman and anyone listening to believe what he is presenting is true, yet when challenged O’Reilly wants his view respected.
This is a common religious and political conservative argument tactic. They expect one to ignore the truth value of their statements and just go along with them out of fairness. (Where have I heard that before??)
On the other hand when Letterman challenged O’Reilly’s objectiveness, he demanded proof. Logically he should have just said “I respect your view. I think you are wrong but I respect it.”
That is being fair and respecting the truth value of the statements.
I added a link to my blog roll that goes to a listing of articles on Media Matters that focus on the “separation of church and state” topic. Media Matters is an excellent website that exposes a lot of lies and myths told by conservatives on many topics. It also takes the media to task when they go along with the lies or ignore obvious myths.