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O’Reilly Claims That NBC News And ‘Internet Haters’ Have Hired ‘Guys’ To ‘Hurt’ Him Personally

By Amanda Terkel  

"O’Reilly Claims That NBC News And ‘Internet Haters’ Have Hired ‘Guys’ To ‘Hurt’ Him Personally"

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Yesterday on the O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly brought on fellow Fox News personality Glenn Beck to celebrate the two shows’ “huge ratings.” They then talked about the downside to their fame — criticism being leveled at them from “Internet fanatics” who are allegedly blaming them for the recent mass murders. “It’s absurd,” said O’Reilly. “It is hateful, obviously.”

O’Reilly and Beck then became upset that at times, they feel personally threatened. Beck said that he has had to have two police cars outside of his house, and O’Reilly said that NBC News — driven by GE and “Internet haters” — have “hired guys” to personally “hurt” him and Beck:

BECK: [W]hen the ratings first started, you pulled me aside and said, “Buckle up, they’re going to come after you.” And they have. [...]

O’REILLY: Because Immelt and Zucker, the two villains at NBC, have directly ordered this. They’ve hired the guys to do this. And they’ve done it because they have no other way to compete.

Now, both of those men are in trouble. They could be fired at any time, because the performance of General Electric and NBC is so abysmal. But they did it, so then, “Let’s see if we can drive Beck and O’Reilly to do something crazy. Let’s see if we can do — hurt them personally. Terrorize their families.”

BECK: Can I tell you something? When you have to explain to your 5- year-old why you have two police cars in front of your house for days. [...]

O’REILLY: That’s driven by two elements. Internet haters, all right, and the General Electric Corporation.

Watch it:

If O’Reilly and Beck — and their families — are legitimately receiving personal threats, that is worrisome. But O’Reilly once again offered no proof for his conspiracy theory that NBC News is behind these deeds. O’Reilly’s rival, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, has actually come out and denounced liberals who have gone to O’Reilly’s home.

Of course, it would be nice if O’Reilly offered similar concern for people who disagree with him — people he has had no problem lying about, making ad hominem attacks against, and tracking down without warning.

Additionally, when a person who called into his radio show had the gall to mention Olbermann’s name on air in March 2006, O’Reilly threatened to turn his personal information over to “Fox security”:

CALLER: I like to listen to you during the day, I think Keith Olbermann’s show –

O’REILLY: There ya go, Mike is — he’s a gone guy. You know, we have his — we have your phone numbers, by the way. So, if you’re listening, Mike, we have your phone number, and we’re going to turn it over to Fox security, and you’ll be getting a little visit. … Maybe Mike is going to get into big trouble, because we’re not going to play around. When you call us, ladies and gentleman, just so you know, we do have your phone number, and if you say anything untoward, obscene, or anything like that, Fox security then will contact your local authorities, and you will be held accountable.

So is O’Reilly also doing all this because he has “no other way to compete”?

Transcript:

BECK: What people don’t — what people don’t — what I didn’t say was that you came to me early on and said — when the ratings first started, you pulled me aside and said, “Buckle up, they’re going to come after you.” And they have.

O’REILLY: Because it’s industrial sabotage and also ideology, as well. But when you’re taking millions of dollars away from NBC, as FOX News Channel is, I mean, we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars over a year period, they have no answer. They can’t compete, so they’ll try to destroy.

BECK: Do you think it’s about money or it is about power?

O’REILLY: No, it’s about money. Because Immelt and Zucker, the two villains at NBC, have directly ordered this. They’ve hired the guys to do this. And they’ve done it because they have no other way to compete.

Now, both of those men are in trouble. They could be fired at any time, because the performance of General Electric and NBC is so abysmal. But they did it, so then, “Let’s see if we can drive Beck and O’Reilly to do something crazy. Let’s see if we can do — hurt them personally. Terrorize their families.”

BECK: Can I tell you something? When you have to explain to your 5- year-old why you have two police cars in front of your house for days. [...]

O’REILLY: That’s driven by two elements. Internet haters, all right, and the General Electric Corporation. They’re the — now, CNN was just appointed, because they haven’t done too much of that. But now they’re getting desperate at CNN. They’re now in third place. They’re collapsing on all fronts.

So, I was disappointed to see their management, which hadn’t done that in the past, allow that to happen.

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