The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly
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  • September 2003
  • 9781583226018

The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly

Peter Hart

Foreword by Robert W. McChesney

In The Oh Really? Factor, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting's rising star Peter Hart goes head-to-head with Bill O'Reilly, shredding Fox News's most famous shredder and wringing the spin from the No Spin Zone.

With his show commanding an average nightly audience of 3.1 million, O'Reilly's success is beyond question. However, his positions, and the spurious evidence with which theyre shored up, have proven controversial. O'Reilly chalks up his success to distinguishing himself from the pack of media mavens as a man of "straight talk" delivering the facts. But has O'Reilly done his homework? Is the reigning king of cable news the "equal-opportunity provocateur" he claims to be? In The Oh Really? Factor Hart presents a laundry list of deceitful positions O'Reilly concocts nightly.

Since emerging from tabloid-television infamy as the former host of Inside Edition, Bill O'Reilly has taken his brand of provocative rhetoric to the next level: from shock-TV to the No Spin Zone. Despite his outspoken support for Bushs tax cuts and a war with Iraq, and his attacks on everything from National Public Radio to "welfare mothers," O'Reilly fashions his program, The O'Reilly Factor, as "without an agenda or any ideological prejudices." Presenting opposing viewpoints and likely to express views that occasionally diverge from the conservative orthodoxy, O'Reilly has styled himself as a straight-shooting man of the people, wary of the conservative label with which liberals would tag him. In The Oh Really? Factor, brimming with examples of O'Reilly's error, contradiction, and hard-right political tilt, Hart exposes the No Spin Zone as little more than clever marketing.

The Oh Really? Factor reflects hundreds of hours of research, fact checking, and analysis of the same evidence O'Reilly uses to support his claims. The Oh Really? Factor plainly refutes O'Reilly's conclusions as grounded not in fact, but in the same smug spinning the show ridicules. In this concise and compelling analysis of O'Reilly's views, Hart underscores this pundits masked partisanship; adversarial stance toward unions, Blacks, immigrants, and gays and lesbians; and his kid-gloves treatment of the Right. Forming an important corrective, The Oh Really? Factor snags O'Reilly in his own spin.

REVIEWS

"Peter Hart's book is fair and balanced, and if you don't think so you can sue me." —Al Franken, author of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

"Hopefully this book will provide another reason to see through the official 'Homeland' propaganda from the partisans at Fox News." —Janeane Garofalo

About Peter Hart

PETER HART is the activism director at FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting), the national media watch group. He is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated weekly radio show, CounterSpin. He speaks to community groups and on college campuses, and has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Associated Press, and—yes—the O'Reilly Factor. He lives in New York City.

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