Sunday, December 18, 2005

When two egos collide.

Media: Talking about Nicholas Kristof and Bill O'Reilly. Here is what this feud is about.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, taking note of Bill O'Reilly's focus on keeping the Christmas in Christmas, suggested that the Fox personality might honor the season better by exposing the continuing genocide in Darfur, which the TV host has allegedly "ignored." O'Reilly responded by denouncing Kristof as a "left-wing ideologue." Today, in his column, Kristof replied in kind, while disclosing that he puts up a "Christmas" tree himself, not a "holiday" tree. "Perhaps I'm particularly sensitive to religious hypocrites because I've spent a chunk of time abroad watching Muslim versions of Mr. O'Reilly - demagogic table-thumpers who exploit public religiosity as a cynical ploy to gain attention and money," Kristof explained. "And I always tell moderate Muslims that they need to stand up to blustery blowhards - so today, I'm taking my own advice." Then he went on to call O'Reilly "a self-rightheous bully in the style of Father Coughlin or Joe McCarthy," suggesting that perhaps he was a leftwing plant meant to make conservatives look bad. "So I have a challenge for Mr. O'Reilly: If you really want to defend traditional values, then come with me on a trip to Darfur," Kristof concluded. " I'll introduce you to mothers who have had their babies clubbed to death in front of them, to teenage girls who have been gang-raped and then mutilated - and to the government-armed thugs who do these things. "You'll have to leave your studio, Bill. You'll encounter pure evil. If you're like me, you'll be scared. If you try to bully some of the goons in Darfur, they'll just hack your head off. But you'll also meet some genuine conservative Christians - aid workers who live the Gospel instead of sputtering about it - and you'll finally be using your talents for an important cause. "So, Bill, what'll it be? Will you dare travel to a real war against Christmas values, in which the victims aren't offended shoppers but terrified children thrown on bonfires? I'm waiting to hear."
I admire Kristof continuing Darfur coverage, but what the hell does one have to do with the other? A quick google search on O'Reilly shows he has covered Darfur in print and on television so Kristof is wrong on that which made O'Reilly snap back at him. But for Kristof to throw himself on the dead bodies of Darfur to make himself out to be a martyr to hit back at O'Reilly is just classless. O'Reilly has grabbed on to a populist theme with the "war on Christmas" which has substantial merit based on news items, the latest being PM John Howard blasting Christmas being pushed to the side(scroll down) What Kristof should be bitching about is the NYTIMES putting him behind a bubble where his Darfur works are now seen by a select few. He should be going after the United Nations, China and Russia who refuse to do anything of substance regarding Darfur. He should be talking about the EU not doing anything. The United States has tried and met with resistance over and over again. Instead he gets into a hissy fit feud with O'Reilly and tries to put himself above reproachin the worst way possible. On top of that, he backslaps Christians here in the states as fakes because they are not fitting his image of Christians he has met in Darfur.

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