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Roger Ebert takes down Bill O'Reilly after O'Reilly named Ebert's paper to his "Hall of Shame."


Alex Koppelman
April 8, 2009 9:30PM (UTC)

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly recently named the Chicago Sun-Times, a paper that actually used to print his syndicated column, to his "Hall of Shame," a list of media outlets that "have regularly helped distribute defamatory, false or non-newsworthy information supplied by far left websites" and O'Reilly "recommend[s] that you do not patronize or advertise with."

Roger Ebert, himself a 40-year veteran of the Sun-Times, has penned a thank-you note to O'Reilly for the inclusion of the paper. Ebert sure has a funny -- literally and figuratively -- way of showing his appreciation, though:

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Thanks for including the Chicago Sun-Times on your exclusive list of newspapers on your "Hall of Shame." To be in an O'Reilly Hall of Fame would be a cruel blow to any newspaper. It would place us in the favor of a man who turns red and starts screaming when anyone disagrees with him. My grade-school teacher, wise Sister Nathan, would have called in your parents and recommended counseling with Father Hogben.

Yes, the Sun-Times is liberal, having recently endorsed our first Democrat for President since LBJ. We were founded by Marshall Field one week before Pearl Harbor to provide a liberal voice in Chicago to counter the Tribune, which opposed an American war against Hitler. I'm sure you would have sided with the Trib at the time.

I understand you believe one of the Sun-Times misdemeanors was dropping your syndicated column. My editor informs me that "very few" readers complained about the disappearance of your column, adding, "many more complained about Nancy." I know I did. That was the famous Ernie Bushmiller comic strip in which Sluggo explained that "wow" was "mom" spelled upside-down.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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