Hank  Adler

When the President opined that there was not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS, how could the follow-up question not have been: "Mr. President, you fired the Acting Commissioner of the IRS, the leading IRS figure in the investigation invoked the fifth amendment, there is an on-going Justice Department investigation of the IRS and the FBI refuses to provide testimony to Congress because of the on-going investigation. How do you define both smidgen and corruption?”

With respect to his comments (obfuscation) regarding the non-firing of Kathleen Sibelius, how could Mr. O'Reilly's response not have been: "Did it not dawn on you that the person to fix this mess could not possibly be same person who was responsible for the mess? What would it have taken for you to decide to fire Ms. Sibelius?"

And of course, we still do not know where the President or his Secretary of State were on the night of Benghazi. Mr. O'Reilly did not ask.

What did we learn? We learned that the President of the United States can do the ‘rope-a-dope’. We learned that President Obama played the role of Captain Jessup better than Jack Nicholson and while he might not have treated O'Reilly dismissively, he treated each issue that was raised dismissively. We learned that Mr. O'Reilly has sufficient respect for the Office of the President, that we did not find out the truth that he was seeking.

Scent of A Women

Five evenings a week, Mr. O’Reilly provides a soliloquy to open his show. It is where his strengths lie. I, for one, am a huge fan of this portion of the O'Reilly Factor.

In Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino seizes an opportunity to launch a soliloquy where he excoriates the president of an elite high school for protecting the son (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman) of an elite parent. Pacino also excoriates the friends of the offending student for doing wrong, by not accepting the appropriate punishment and refusing to acknowledge their wrong-doing. Pacino's soliloquy fits the President perfectly with respect to the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Obamacare...... Pacino’s presentation is breath takingly strong and his fiction reflects today’s reality.

While O’Reilly is the master of the soliloquy, I suggest it would have been a classless act to launch into a fact based soliloquy. But, it sure would have been fun to watch.


Hank Adler

Hank Adler is an Assistant Professor at Chapman University.

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