Bill O'Reilly has finally buried the hatchet with Natalie. Did anyone see this on FOX News................
Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo
Three years ago at the beginning of the Iraq war, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, told a concert crowd in London, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United Sates is from Texas." That statement set off a firestorm against the Chicks. Many Americans saw the quote as unpatriotic, especially in a time of war.
Subsequently, Miss Maines apologized for the tone of her remarks, but stands by her opposition to the Bush administration. Now the Dixie Chicks have a new CD which some stations will not play the lead single from, a song that says the Chicks aren't ready to back down from anything. It's a pretty good song. There is no reason not to play it. At a Time magazine event last night, I ran into Natalie Maines, who is not exactly my No. 1 fan. She chided me for predicting on this program that the new CD she has out would sell just two million units, which is pretty good these days. We had a discussion about it a few weeks ago. She saw the show.
Now, during the course of my conversation with her last night, I told her the primary mistake she made — and I was very polite about this, if you can believe it — was that she used a foreign venue to insult an American president. And that how she arrived at her conclusion about Mr. Bush is largely a mystery to this day.
I believe most Americans will accept dissent if it's based on logic and not delivered in a hateful way. Here's a good example. Al Sharpton comes on this program a lot. It's always a lively debate and often we have a few laughs. I'll submit Reverend Sharpton has won some respect for his appearances. You may not agree with him, but you have to admire his openness. It is those nasty personal attacks that Americans generally reject, calling President Bush a liar or a killer for the way he wages the war on terror is not only irresponsible, it's cheap.
It's perfectly fine to disagree with the Iraq war or any other public policy based on the merits of the policy. But ascribing sinister motives to people who serve this country without rock solid proof is unacceptable and un-American.
Natalie Maines has paid the price for her remarks. Her life has been threatened and she remains under siege. That is wrong as well. The woman has a right to believe what she wants to believe. You have a right to reject her beliefs and not to buy her stuff. But to punish her further is not in the spirit of America.
...Most of us would agree this guy is a hothead moron but he has a lot of clout with his viewers. For example, last week he aired a story on the Child Protection Act of which Senator Ted Kennedy was holding up a vote in the Senate for 2 years. The bill created a national registry for child sex offenders. O'reilly asked his viewers to contact Sen. Chivas as to why he was holding up the vote on this bill. 3 days after the show aired the bill passed the Senate 100-0. A moron he may be, but his indorsement will certainly sell some cds for the Chicks.
_________________ "Life's journey is NOT to arrive at the grave safely in a well-reserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'HOLY sh*t...what a ride!" ~Unknown
He's an actor. Everything he does is for entertainment value and that's all.
What's sad is a lot of people(like my Daddy) watch that crap as their primary source of news. I personally read and watch a lot of different media outlets in an attempt to get a fair and balance view. They all suck.
You wanna see something that is really funny, watch the "Cobert Report" on the Comedy Channel.
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