Via Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post, we have this delicious bit of news:
Wednesday afternoon, John Edwards suspended his candidacy for President, vowing to "never forget" the poverty-stricken Americans he so passionately stood up for, and beseeching the remaining candidates - indeed, all Americans - to continue the work that he termed "the cause of [his] life." This afternoon in New York City, some of that work will resolutely continue, as a group of homeless veterans - one of the segments of the population of forgotten Americans that Edwards spoke of so often on the stump - will swarm FOX News Channel's Studios to bring their fight to Bill O'Reilly, the millionaire celebrity host of The O'Reilly Factor.
O'Reilly, who regularly defamed Edwards as a phony, has a lot to answer for. In attacks on the former North Carolina Senator, O'Reilly has repeatedly belittled his compassion, issued inflammatory statements and mocking attacks, and denied both the "existence and significance" of homeless veterans. As recently as January 16, O'Reilly took to the airwaves to rain ridicule upon Edwards, saying, "Well, we're still looking for all the veterans sleeping under the bridges,...so if you find anybody, let us know." As we reported two days later, Robert Greenwald and his crew at Brave New Films did exactly that.
Now, a group from Fitzgerald House, an "organization representing homeless veterans," plans to bring their fight for recognition to Fox's doorstep. They plan on visiting the Fox News Channel Studios today at 3:00 pm, and will come carrying a petition signed by 17,000 people demanding an apology from O'Reilly for his ignorance and abuse. In a press release, Brave New Films and Fitzgerald House say they "have found that it is very easy to locate homeless veterans and are willing to help O'Reilly find them if his desire to help homeless vets is sincere."
Of course, the last time we checked in on O'Reilly, he was in New Hampshire, bullying Obama aides, and snarling about how "nobody blocks a [camera] shot" on the "Factor." Well, we'll see about that.
Someday, I hope to meet up with Mr. O’Reilly while I’m wearing my boots (which are mine) and kick him squarely in the ‘nads. Remember, I take kick-boxing so when I’m through with him, they may have to be surgically removed from his throat.
"Someday, I hope to meet up with Mr. O’Reilly while I’m wearing my boots (which are mine) and kick him squarely in the ‘nads. Remember, I take kick-boxing so when I’m through with him, they may have to be surgically removed from his throat."
You will post the video, right?
"Millionaire celebrity"...that needs to be highlighted at every opportunity. You invite the wrath of the universe when you ignore the least demanding clause in the social contract the super-rich have with the rest of society...you have to at least pretend to have compassion for the less fortunate.
It's particularly critical at this juncture when the rest of us are finding out just how mediocre, genuinely talent-free and quite often hideous human beings a lot of the wealthy really are. The fantasy that we live in a meritocracy has to be maintained, or..guaranteed...society will go commie if out of no other reason than pure spite.
You will post the video, right?
But of course I will ...
Olberman has the video of the vets trying to get in to see billo
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