O’Reilly Blasts AP and L.A. Times Over Attacks on Tony Snow, While Howard Kurtz Says: Attacks? What Attacks?
Bill O’Reilly let loose on the L.A. Times tonight:
(Via Hot Air.)
I stopped watching Bill O’Reilly a long time ago, but he’s good for one thing: righteously laying into someone with passion and anger. When there are goons who laugh about people’s deaths — whether they are Ted Rall, or commenters at the L.A. Times web site (posting with the permission of comment moderators) — you need someone with O’Reilly’s attitude to take them to task.
In related news, Howard Kurtz had an online chat today. Over the weekend, I submitted a question, asking whether he would be noting the ugly comments at the L.A. Times web site, the way he had pointedly noted ugly comments at Michelle Malkin’s site about Ted Kennedy.
My comment didn’t make it onto the chat, but this one did — and Kurtz basically said: what ugly comments?
Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Mr. Kurtz, you were upset when bloggers said cruel things about Ted Kennedy’s cancer — rightly so. What do you have to say about those doing the same thing with Tony Snow?
washingtonpost.com: As Good as His Words: Spokesman Tony Snow Earned Press’s Respect (Post, July 14)
Howard Kurtz: I would say it’s outrageous, but I haven’t personally seen any examples. I’m not saying that Snow’s life and career should be above criticism because of his death. We don’t need to sanitize the lives of those who pass away. But crude and hateful comments about someone who’s just died should be shunned.
This means that a) my question to him was not passed along to Kurtz; b) he didn’t read his e-mail this morning, since I e-mailed the same comment to him last night via this contact page; and c) he didn’t read Instapundit (or Little Green Footballs) this morning.
I think after O’Reilly’s blast, Kurtz is going to have a hard time saying he didn’t see any of this.