Quote of the Day

“[I]f there is nothing else, I think he [Chris Christie] is going to be formidable.”

Bill O’Reilly on 2016.

But Bill, these investigations are just getting started.  There’s going to be more, so much more.  Chris Christie will never get the GOP nomination.  I’ll be amazed if he finishes his term as NJ guv.

Sean to Siberia at Seven?

Latest rumor is that Sean Hannity is getting pushed to 7 o’clock when Megyn Kelly takes his 9 P. M. slot.  That’s not prime time.

Smart move by Ailes.  Who watches Fox News?  Old white guys.  And the ones who now turn off Fox after O’Reilly (and that’s a third or more of Loofah Boy’s audience) will stay tuned to watch the pretty young blonde lady.

Bottom Line on Immigration Reform

From “Immigration reform heads for slow death,” Mike Allen and Jim VendeHei, Politico:

“Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse.

“In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong — and ignored the reality that most House Republicans are white conservatives representing mostly white districts.

“These members, and the vast majority of their voters, couldn’t care less whether Marco Rubio, Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove say this is smart politics and policy.”

So we see the conflict between the GOP winning the House and winning the Senate and the White House.  For now, that conflict is nowhere near getting solved.  Fine with me…
The calculation after 2012 from national strategists like Rove was that the GOP couldn’t waiver on abortion.  In fact, the famous post-mortem the RNC did on the election doesn’t even mention abortion.  The plan was to continue to throw women under the bus and try to bring Hispanics on board, thinking that wouldn’t cost them the Evangelicals the way any moderation on abortion would.  So now there’s really no plan.

The Fox Mole Is Back

If you’ve been wondering about (or worrying about) the Fox Mole, he is alive and well and still living in Brooklyn (maybe he’ll be on the next season of Girls).

Muto has a sharp piece up on Slate critiquing Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show The Newsroom.  Muto details what Sorkin gets right and what he gets wrong about cable news.

Muto also references his own “quiet, dignified” exit from eight years at Fox as a producer for Bill O’Reilly.  I can’t imagine working for O’Reilly for eight minutes.  Not enough Prozac in the world….

Don’t Mess with Fox News

The Fox Mole, the disgruntled Fox News employee who had begun posting on Gawker, is now a disgruntled ex-Fox News employee.  He is Joe Muto, an associate producer on Bill O’Reilly’s show, who had been at Fox since 2004.

After a meeting with Dianne Brandi, Fox News Executive VP for Legal and Business Affairs, Muto was escorted from Fox News HQ by security.

Fox says, “We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.

Ah, Joe, we hardly knew ye.

Pepper Spray Is a “Food Product”

I find the clip of peaceful, seated students at U. C. Davis being pepper-sprayed at very close range, the way we’d whip out the Raid at the sight of ants in our kitchen, truly appalling and un-American.

But according to Fox News, it’s more as if they were being fed than attacked.  Megyn Kelly tells Bill O’Reilly the pepper spray is a “food product.”

Why don’t Megyn and Bill demonstrate for “the folks” just how benign and harmless this stuff is by being pepper sprayed on air?

Gawker Story on Bill O’Reilly Is Up

Gawker‘s Fox News scoop is up this morning and it’s about Bill “Loofah Boy” O’Reilly.  When O’Reilly thought his wife was having an affair with a Nassau County police detective, he used his power to try to get the guy in trouble because of his personal life, not his official conduct.  I guess he thinks of Nassau County as his own little “police state.”  How cool would it have been if Bill had strangled the guy with a loofah?!

If you’re perplexed by the loofah references, just Google “Bill O’Reilly, Andrea Macris” and enjoy.

Coming Soon — Big Gawker Story on a Fox News Anchor

So I’m “going mental” like Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live, giddy with excitement and anticipation.  Which one will it be?  Bill  “Loofah Boy” O’Reilly again?   Which one of those preening, preaching hypocrites has Gawker caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar?  I’m hoping it’s Sean Hannity, but it’s guaranteed to be fun.

I thought Roger Ailes did an amazing job tamping down the O’Reilly/Andrea Macris scandal.  This time, they’ve launched a pre-emptive strike, running stories both on air and online claiming that Gawker‘s views are down.  Something tells me they won’t be down next week.

It feels like Christmas Eve, and I’m six years old.  I’m getting an exquisitely-wrapped box of schadenfreude.