Bill O’Reilly tries to understand the First Amendment

December 17, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

Bill O’Reilly tries to understand the First Amendment in the context of the Washington State Governor’s attempt to accommodate other religious viewpoints along with a Christian nativity display.  It’s a lively discussion, and somewhat entertaining during which O’Reilly never claims to understand that it’s viewpoint discrimination that is relevant.  I suspect that O’Reilly actually does understand and he’s merely playing to his ignorant audience, which is another issue entirely.   BTW, the median age for viewers of O’Reilly’s show is 71.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Bill just doesn't "get it".

    The point of view that he displays so arrogantly is reminiscient of the satire of Pat Paulsen ( ), except that Mr. O'Reilly seems to actually believe in the myopic worldview that Mr. Paulsen was mocking.

    The scary thing is that so many fail to see this.

  2. John says:

    Bill Doens't get it? His viewers don't get it? Are you kidding me? What is there that would lead you to believe any of this is true? I too kthe time to read more of your articles, and belive me, if anyone doen't get it, it's you. All you do in any given article or comment, is name call… no facts to support your arguement… or do you even have an arguement? is this just some desperate attempt to grab attention and security in a world where the logic doesn't match up to your own personal "beliefs"?

  3. Tim Hogan says:

    O'Reilly made this statement regarding the boy who was "held for four years," Shawn Hornbeck, on the January 15 edition of The O'Reilly Factor: "[T]here was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances."

    Bill, ya lost me forever there!

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