He’s a real nowhere man…Making all his nowhere plans for nobody…Doesn’t have a point of view…Knows not where he’s going to. -The Beatles
Over the years we have made Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly a lot of money. We bought into his carefully-crafted persona as a populist champion of traditional values with his top-rated Fox News show, as well as best-selling books like Who’s Looking out for You and Culture Warrior.
However, recently the house of cards that is O’Reilly’s iffy worldview has shown signs of collapsing.
From reporting inaccuracies on gun control, to no longer defending marriage, O’Reilly is now scoring goals for the other team. Similar sellouts and flip-flops aren’t news when they come from politicians. But given how O’Reilly has branded himself as the man with the moral high ground inside the “no spin zone,” it definitely has the potential to damage him much more. Nobody, right or left, likes a hypocrite. O’Reilly is now “evolving” so fast it would even give presidential candidates from Massachusetts ideological whiplash.
I submit there are only three kinds of people that do this—those suffering from bi-polar disorder, squishes, or phonies.
The fact O’Reilly is a man of little conviction is not open for debate. The only debate remaining is whether or not his audience will hold him accountable for it. One of my 10 Commandments of Political Warfare is that you never abandon your base, but that’s exactly what O’Reilly has done.
He has repeated the Left’s spurious claims about the Bible’s alleged contradictions and how it’s only an allegory. In another interview with a well-known Christian minister, O’Reilly referred to the very successful mini-series The Bible as “fundamentalist Christian beliefs” and that the Old Testament is essentially fiction. Finally, and infamously, he referred to people who believe in the Word of God as “Bible thumpers.”
Many believers expect this from the liberal media they long ago tuned out. But now they’re being betrayed by the very people trying to make money off of them.
Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.