Professor Media Matters

I am a media professional with 6 years as a TV producer and reporter, and college professor in the field of Communications. I am also a Conservative with a passion for pop culture. This will be my attempt to put the "me" in media. It will be my take on movies, TV, books, magazines, newspapers, the Internet and all that is the worldwide media.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

OH REALLY, O'REILLY: First, let me say that I like Bill O'Reilly. I catch portions of his syndicated radio program, "The Radio Factor" almost daily. And about once a week I tune into his high-rated cable news TV program, "The O'Reilly Factor." I appreciate his bluntness. He tells it like it is. Bill is not quite as bullish on the Iraq War as I wish he were. But he is tough on terrorists, criminals and hypocrites, holds their feet to the fire. And I admire that.

Recently I heard him on his radio program talk about how the Natalee Holloway case was a non-story. There was no breaking news and the American media were just beating the story to death. But he, on his programs, was going to leave the matter alone. I applauded this decision. However, the last two times I have tuned into "The O'Reilly Factor" Bill has featured updated stories on the situation in Aruba. What gives? Why did he apparrently change his mind? And did he communicate the reasons behind that decision to his audience? If he did, I missed it. (And if I missed it, I will willingly admit it.) But if he just changed his mind because the competition, like Great Van Susteren and others, were getting high ratings for nauseating non-stop Natalee coverage, then we need to be holding his feet to the fire as well.

Please put your own "me" in media, and tell me what you think.

2 Comments:

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Mrs. Media Matters said...

I like O'Reilly with his "in your face" attitude sometimes. He tells it like it is.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger kitty said...

I can't stand B'OR. He's an egomaniacal blowhard. I used to like him and respect him, but not for a couple of years. He can still bring some badly needed attention to worthy issues, but he's too wrapped up in himself.

Not to deviate from the subject at hand, but I thought you might want to
check out Lee Goldberg’s post and be certain to read the comments!

 

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