Last week, George Will wrote an article about Bill O’Reilly’s latest book, Killing Reagan entitled “Bill O’Reilly Slanders Ronald Reagan,” and let’s just say that if Will’s intent was to pick a fight with O’Reilly with his critique of Killing Reagan, he got it.
O’Reilly invited Will who in his article called Killing Reagan “a no-facts zone”’ on to the O’Reilly Factor to discuss further and things went quickly downhill from there. Talk about fireworks. The segment ended with O’Reilly calling Will a hack “who doesn’t want the truth to be told about Reagan.”
The O’Reilly Factor had been taped earlier in the day would not air until after Bret Baier’s Special Report. Will who had the opportunity to review the segment before it aired Friday night while on Bret Baier’s Special Report labeled O’Reilly “unhinged” and “loser of the week.”
The article that set Bill O’Reilly off is entitled, “Bill O’Reilly Slanders Ronald Reagan,” written by George Will (excerpt below).
…Because of its vast readership, “Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency” by Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and his collaborator, Martin Dugard, will distort public understanding of Ronald Reagan’s presidency more than hostile but conscientious scholars could.
Styling himself an “investigative historian,” O’Reilly purports to have discovered amazing facts that have escaped the notice of real historians….
…The book’s perfunctory pieties about Reagan’s greatness are inundated by its flood of regurgitated slanders about his supposed lassitude and manipulability. This book is nonsensical history and execrable citizenship, and should come with a warning: ‘Caution — you are about to enter a no-facts zone.’
As expected O’Reilly discussed Will further while responding to a displeased viewer.
For the record, David Forsmark of PJ Media has also taken O’Reilly to the shed for Killing Reagan in his article entitled, “‘Killing Reagan’ More Regurgitated Pop Culture Than Serious Scholarship”
So, this is what we have come to in the Bill O’Reilly KillingIcons series. First, a book that entertainingly hypothesizes an assassination out of thin gruel (Killing Patton) and now a book about a failed assassination attempt (Killing Reagan). Except very little about O’Reilly’s most recent book is even about the assassination attempt on President Reagan—unless you want to count the character assassination by O’Reilly and his (actual) writer, Martin Dugard. It’s little more than the latest attempt by Bill O’Reilly to gain mainstream acceptance.
While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, one gets the feeling that the establishment who is panning O’Reilly’s latest work is circling its wagons to either (a) secure Reagan’s legacy or (b) keep Americans in the dark.
Expect more to come.