Whine merchant The wingers are starting to whine defensively, and it's no accident that the loudest would be Bill O'Reilly. In Monday's Daily News he offers this silly, self-pitying rant about the Franken embarrassment -- as if Fox & Friends and so much of the other pap served up by the Murdoch machine were not tainted by hateful rancor.
Oh, and O'Reilly is also the only cable TV program of any significance so far to decline hosting me to discuss my new book, "Big Lies." (But the Daily News ran an excellent item on the book by Rush & Molloy.)
As they say in Levittown, Long Island, where the all-spin guy claims to have grown up: He can dish it out but he can't take it.
Speaking of cable TV and book promotion, readers have asked for updates. Tonight I'll be on "Buchanan & Press" on MSNBC and "American Evening with Paula Zahn" on CNN. On Wednesday evening I'll be on "Crossfire," guest-hosted by the delightful Janeane Garofalo. It's all subject to change, of course. And the Journal entries will be a bit erratic this week -- so I hope you'll be reading the book excerpts.
[8:02 a.m. PDT, Aug. 19, 2003]