Bill O'Reilly is a famous commentator, author, and was the host of the show The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, which he called the "No Spin Zone." O'Reilly calls himself a "traditionalist" and an "independent." O'Reilly is not strongly conservative, and he has ineptly tried to defend Obama against criticism for failing to provide his birth certificate. Despite this, he is deeply disliked by many on the far left.
Although many people consider O'Reilly a conservative, and although he frequently criticized left-wingers and their policies, he is probably better described as "non-ideological" or "populist." Often the show seems lost on social issues. Despite claims that O'Reilly is a conservative, a 2011 study showed that compared to the American population as a whole (which actually was relatively conservative), O'Reilly's views were actually in the political center of the population. Interestingly, this was likely the reason his show was so popular.
O'Reilly held a pay-per-view online debate with "comedian" Jon Stewart on October 6, 2012, at George Washington University, with proceeds going to charity. However, the live streaming of the event was a bust due to technical ineptness.
O'Reilly's audience was among the oldest in all of television, with viewers having an average age of more than 72 years old. O'Reilly has used his show to promote his own books, such as his Killing series he wrote with historian Martin Dugard. While these books have sold well due to their promotion on television, it is doubtful how many people actually read them.
O'Reilly's career was growing throughout the 1980s, but he received his "big break" when hired to anchor Inside Edition, a tabloid gossip and news program.
His biggest success would come from hosting the The O'Reilly Factor. His show was the highest-rated hour on any cable news channel, with over 2.5 million people watching the show each night and millions more listening to his radio show. The O'Reilly Factor was #1 on cable news for 15 consecutive years, until O'Reilly was forced out from Fox in April 2017.
Politically, O'Reilly claimed to be an independent, but it was later revealed that he was actually a registered Republican in Nassau County from 1994 to 2000. O'Reilly re-registered as an independent soon after.
On April 19, 2017, Fox News broke ties with O'Reilly due to an alleged sex abuse scandal revolving around him. He began his "No Spin" news podcast on April 24. He claimed that his ouster was due to an organized attack by left-wingers. He later stated he regretted not fighting back like Sean Hannity did when attacked by left-wingers.
O'Reilly now does a "No Spin News" podcast available on his personal website and appears in a Friday segment on Glenn Beck's radio program, simulcasted on TheBlaze TV. He started a daily 30-minute-long webcast, shown from his personal website and free for all viewers to watch, in early-August 2017.
Bill O'Reilly and homosexuality
The American Family Association reported:
|“|| On February 11, 2004, Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, featured Kevin Jennings, the executive director of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network.) Jennings, former teacher turned homosexual activist, along with a lesbian counterpart, discussed GLSEN's new pro-homosexual curriculum on marriage being marketed to children and youth in public schools all across America under the guise of "tolerance."...
O'Reilly, watched heavily by conservatives and Christians alike, shocked much of his constituency on September 3, 2002 when he publicly announced his support of homosexual rights in the nation's largest “gay” publication, The Advocate. His sympathetic, lenient views on “gay” adoption and his mixed-message stance on “gay” marriage have caused great dissent among his loyalists - and no doubt cost him viewers.
|“|| Fox News is threatening to sue a prominent evangelical minister in the ex-homosexual movement who engaged in a volatile exchange over biblical morality on the top-rated television program "The O'Reilly Factor" in September.
Stephen Bennett, who says he left his homosexual lifestyle nearly 11 years ago, has distributed a 60-minute audio tape program called the "The O'Reilly Shocker," in which he responds to host Bill O'Reilly's characterization of people who take the Bible literally as "religious fanatics.".
Bennett said he has received hundreds of e-mails from viewers of the segment who said they were outraged at O'Reilly's "anger and verbal abuse."
In response to the threatened lawsuit of the Fox News Channel the Agape Press reported:
|“|| But Mike DePrimo, senior litigation counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, which represents Bennett, says Bennett has a right to distribute a recording of the program -- and that his use of the tape is legal under copyright law's allowance of fair use and comment.
"The law provides that even copyrighted material may be used, provided it's used not for commercial gain but for comment," DePrimo says. "Stephen Bennett used the material from the O'Reilly show simply to rebut the arguments O'Reilly put forward."
The attorney implies there may be another reason the popular O'Reilly wants distribution of the tape stopped -- and it has to do with image. "O'Reilly promotes himself as a conservative," DePrimo explains. "In fact, Bennett's tape shows that O'Reilly is simply another media elite who's advancing the homosexual agenda -- and he doesn't want to be exposed for what he is."
Killing Jesus book
In 2013, O'Reilly wrote a book entitled Killing Jesus, which discusses Jesus Christ's earthly ministry. While O'Reilly used numerous sources for his book, he severely undermined the Bible's authority and inerrancy by picking and choosing which parts of the Gospel were historical fact and by refusing to even call Jesus the Son of God in the book.
O'Reilly based on previous interviews, as well as his Killing Jesus book and associated interviews, O'Reilly does not look highly upon those who believe the Bible in a straightforward manner.
O'Reilly had a large political influence through his TV career.
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