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"Baloney!": We're not saying he's a caricature, but Bill O'Reilly is literally on Fox News yelling at the Internet

He's not happy about how search engine algorithms work, so he's doing all he can -- which is yelling on the TV


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 12, 2016 6:30PM (UTC)

On The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday evening, Bill O'Reilly cemented his status as Old Man Who Yells at the Internet by devoting a segment to yelling at Facebook and Yahoo for allegedly refusing to aggregate stories written from a conservative perspective.

He and his guest, Citizens United Chairman David Bossie, refused to believe what everyone who writes online knows to be a fact -- that the search engines use arcane algorithms to determine what stories they display on their front pages.

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"Everyone goes, 'You're crazy, it's an aggregate,' and I go, 'Baloney!'" O'Reilly said, sounding like an irate neighbor on "Leave It To Beaver." (Of course, one of the main reasons O'Reilly refuses to believe search engines merely aggregate results is because Salon appears in them.)

"This is false advertising," Bossie replied. "They're saying this is a mathematical algorithm, that's baloney! There's a whistle-blower saying 'We stepped on conservative content and propped up liberal content.'"

O'Reilly then put up the picture of Tom Stocky, the Vice President of Search at Facebook, and said, "Look at this guy, he's like fifteen years old. I thought they were remaking 'Leave It To Beaver' and he was going to play 'Wally.' But these guys are young guys, in their twenties, they don't have editors, they can do whatever they want!"

"I don’t think Yahoo is" treating conservatives fairly, O’Reilly added. "I don’t know about Google –– I don’t go there very much –– but I think that whole internet is stacked against any kind of traditional conservative thought."

Watch the entire exchange below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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