Bill O’Reilly Backs Public Option While Declaring it Dead


When I saw this item at HuffPo, declaring that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly backs the public health insurance option, I immediately thought “There has to be a catch.”

The clip at HuffPo was only about a minute long, so I figured there must have been a walkback later in the interview.  I found the full interview at the Heritage Foundation’s website.  There’s no walkback, but the clip has some great moments.  Not only does O’Reilly nail why the public option is necessary, he also makes several comically half-assed stabs at pronouncing  long lost Janeane Garofalo twin Nina Owcharenko’s name:

While O’Reilly doesn’t back off from his support for the public option, he does preface his remark by saying it’s not going to happen.  Aside from my own reporting to the contrary, O’Reilly might take heart from this widely-circulating clip from yesterday:

While media accounts of the death of the public option may have created the impression that public support for it may have waned, perhaps repetitions of this scene, along with some actual facts, will help to turn that tide in favor of O’Reilly and “the folks.”

Today’s Quickies and…Janeane!

What happened to Janeane Garofalo?  Or what happened to me?  I used to listen to her on Air America, and while I teaprty2always found her a little strident, I enjoyed that about her.  Now, she seems like one of those soldiers on Okinawa who doesn’t know the war is over.  And why didn’t Olbermann utter even a syllable of retort?

I’ll be the first to admit that the amount of hostility toward Barack Obama that is connected to his race is much higher than anyone is admitting, but to paint the entire movement, or even a majority of it, that way is ridiculous and counter-productive.  Some guy brings his kids out to the park dressed in colonial garb to bitch about his taxes, and suddenly he’s a racist?

Media Matters listens to Limbaugh so you don’t have to.

Talk about burying the lede.  The GOP’s VP questionnaire is shorter than a Playmate questionnaire.

Politico thinks liberal groups are like the terrorists?

Yep, that’s really Marcia Clark.

Concern-trolling Palin.  Still don’t believe me?

(Shakes fist) KUTCHER!!!!

Taibbi’s mad as hell, and he’s not gonna take this anymore!