“The media despises Donald Trump and here’s why. He has no fear. He could not care less about censoring himself and the press does not intimidate him. So because of that approach the media believe they must punish Trump for being disrespectful and not cowering before them. Plus, they don’t like his politics, generally speaking. The press is a very powerful force in America given special privilege by the Founding Fathers. And, if the press deems someone unworthy they will try to destroy that person. That’s where Donald Trump finds himself today.”
–—Bill O’Reilly on Fox’s “The Factor”
Donald Trump is a human ethics train wreck.
Now boarding is Bill O’Reilly, who followed the equally rash and misguided Rush Limbaugh into being fooled by that sneaky ol’ cognitive dissonance scale. They both detest the left-biased news media so much that the fact that it is properly pointing out Trump’s numerous flaws seems like proof of Trump’s virtue to them. After all, the same people attacking Trump attack Rush and Bill, too.
Gotcha! They fell right into the media’s trap! Standing up for Trump himself, as opposed to defending the occasional instances when he, like the proverbial blind squirrel, stumbles upon the nut of a valid point, marks any defender as an ethics dunce, and a real dunce too. This is terrific for the unethically slanted media, because then it can then discount the justified criticism from Rush and O’Reilly—and others foolish enough to board this wreck—of mainstream journalism’s outrageous bias as just typical right wing delusion.
But, boy, O’Reilly’s rant is idiotic:
1. “Despises?”The media LOVES Donald Trump! He’s great copy! He’s a clown! He’s a walking reality show! He insults Republicans! He’ll talk to anyone! He makes it easy to attack Republicans using guilt by association! They will weep when and if he leaves the race.
2. Yes, he has no fear. Not being afraid to make an ass of yourself, insult people for no reason, foul the political process and make citizens ashamed of their political system is not a virtue. “No fear” is this case means no manners, no respect, no sense of responsibility, no prudence, no dignity, no civility. Everyone should despise any adult who acts like that.
3. “He could not care less about censoring himself “ is the description of a six-year-old child. What O’Reilly calls “censoring” is otherwise known as being civil, respectful, fair and responsible. Adults learn not to shout, fart, swear, throw tantrums, hurl insults and be rude in public. Failing to learn this is nothing to be proud of, and is hardly the mark of a leader.
4. “So because of that approach the media believe they must punish Trump for being disrespectful and not cowering before them.” No, Bill. The news media who have any sense of how responsible public figures and aspiring leaders ought to behave, as well as the character any trustworthy leader must possess, are calling Trump exactly what he is: a destructive, narcissistic jerk. They aren’t punishing him; they are exposing him. (As a narcissistic jerk himself, though a smarter and less destructive one, I can see why Bill empathizes with Trump.)
5. “Plus, they don’t like his politics.” Anyone who thinks the news media would be defending someone calling John McCain an accidental war hero who deserves no more respect soldiers who were not captured and tortured, and giving out critics’ phone messages, if they agreed with his politics is deluded. The only pundits who would be that foolish are…well, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, I guess.
6. “And, if the press deems someone unworthy they will try to destroy that person.” Back to school, Bill. Your illogical argument is that if a public figure acts like a complete fool, insults everyone he can, talks like a thug, displays nothing but arrogance and contempt for basic manners, and generally befouls the political landscape like a dog with projectile diarrhea, the news media will only criticize him if he’s a conservative. Even if this is true, and it isn’t, you have the argument backwards. That some hypothetical progressive jerk would escape deserved criticism from the mainstream media only means that the media’s failing to attack him would be a breach of journalistic responsibility. It certainly doesn’t indicate that the attacks on Trump were not fair and warranted.
Ethical analysis has never been one of Bill O’Reilly’s strengths,