Friday, October 27, 2006

Absolute Zero

Bill O'Reilly was the guest on Oprah. He was somewhat restrained, but still true to his usual self: blustery, polarizing, absolutist, dismissive, disingenuous, smirky, high-handed...yawn. I can't even bother to finish.

I did have to laugh, though, when he was moaning about how liberals own the media and entertainment, so how can the poor "traditionalists" get their voices heard?

Yes, it's the liberals who have all the money, who control all. That must be why NBC has refused to air commercials advertising the Dixie Chicks' movie, "Shut Up and Sing", because it's disparaging to President Bush.

The Dixie Chicks were guests on Oprah's show earlier in the week. I'm not a fan of country music, but I am a big fan of Natalie Maines now that I know more about what happened. Plus she's cute (they all are).

Some detractors have blown this up into it sounding like she make a long speech about hating Bush, when all she really did was make an off-the-cuff comment to a friendly audience.

The resulting firestorm has a parallel in John Lennon's 1966 comment that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus (in England, where the comment was made, they were). Boycotts, death threats, and record burnings happened then, too. 14 years later Lennon was murdered, ostensibly as a result of this comment.

Why is it that people who say they have such strong faith find it so threatened by such off-handed comments that they must utterly destroy the opposing voices?

I think I'll just shut up and vote.

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