Tonight Bill O’Reilly addressed his recent smear of HotAir.com, claiming that Hot Air has the responsibility to police its comments. Pronouncing that “it’s not enough to say, ‘I didn’t do it,’” O’Reilly sanctimoniously told his viewers that he polices comments on his own web site:
Here’s the money quote:
Miss Malkin is upset because I didn’t identify the “Hussein” comment was made by a civilian — not her or her staff. And that’s true. I should have been more precise. But we often cite hateful civilian comments on blogs and say they should be edited, as we do on billoreilly.com.
Tonight I went ahead and paid $4.95 to join billoreilly.com, and lookee here at what I was asked to agree to:
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BillOReilly.com does not control or pre-screen the files, information, or messages (referred to collectively as “Information”) delivered to or displayed in the Message Boards, unless otherwise noted therein, and BillOReilly.com assumes no duty to, and does not monitor or endorse Information within the Message Boards.
You’re not just an “elite gasbag,” O’Reilly. You’re a rank hypocrite.
P.S. I plan to feature some “Bill O’Reilly blog postings” over the coming days. I may make it a daily feature. This is going to be the most painful 5 bucks Bill O’Reilly ever received.
P.P.S. Instapundit calls O’Reilly’s response “totally inadequate.” Damn straight.
UPDATE: Tonight’s “Bill O’Reilly blog posting” has to do with Mary Cheney marrying a goat.
UPDATE x2: Another Bill O’Reilly blog posting here. Representative quote: “NO MARRIAGE FOR HOMOS.”