Bill O'Reilly has a very tiny ... blacklist

But he promises that there's more to come.

By Tim Grieve
Published December 1, 2005 1:26AM (UTC)
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If the eagle at the top of the page is looking a little crestfallen today, there's good reason for that. Bill O'Reilly has finally gotten around to publishing his blacklist of media operations he considers "guttersnipes" and "smear merchants," and War Room didn't make the cut.

Maybe we shouldn't take it so hard. In the two weeks since he first vowed to publish a blacklist, O'Reilly has been able to identify only three media outlets -- the New York Daily News, the St. Petersburg Times and MSNBC -- as boycott-worthy purveyors of "defamation and false information supplied by far left Web sites." But O'Reilly says he expects to "add more names to the list" soon, and we'll certainly be keeping our wings crossed.


In the meantime, we'll be watching O'Reilly like a nervous kid casing Santa Claus as he finishes the naughty-or-nice list. The problem is, it's hard to keep up with O'Reilly while following his orders not to patronize media outlets on his blacklist. This morning, O'Reilly appeared on the "Today" show, which airs on NBC, which is owned by the same company that owns MSNBC, which we're supposed to be boycotting. But thanks to Think Progress -- which ought to be on the blacklist but isn't -- we can pass along the wisdom that America's Greatest Loofah Lover doled out there. Pressed into service as some kind of foreign policy expert, O'Reilly told Katie Couric that it's critical for U.S. troops to stay in Iraq and win. "These pin-heads running around going, 'Get out of Iraq now' dont know what they're talking about," he said. "These are the same people before Hitler invaded in WWII that were saying, 'Hes not such a bad guy.'"

We weren't around for World War II, but we're pretty sure that Hitler would have been on our blacklist then, Bill. When can we be on yours?

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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