My Mediaite colleague, Colby Hall, chronicles the current round of navel-gazing by Bill O’Reilly, Jon Stewart, Howard Kurtz, and Mediaite over at Mediaite. He fails, however, to point out how this story is actually all about me.
The current kerfufflet has to do with O’Reilly’s accusation that Jon Stewart (whose network erroneously but jokingly accused me of stealing from him) took an O’Reilly quote out of context, and Mediaite’s correction of O’Reilly’s assertion. Somewhere in the mix, O’Reilly gave a shout-out to Mediaite, but he didn’t bring up his prior connection with the site’s talent.
Months before this, and before I ever wrote my first Mediaite column, O’Reilly stole a story from me and aired it out of context. (I like to think that, even then, I was “Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher,” but just didn’t know it.)
The content in question was this video that I shot of Helen Thomas, explaining her use of the term “so-called terrorists.”
Still, the takeaway for me is that, if I’m ever in a restroom with O’Reilly, I’m leaving at least a 3-stall buffer.