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The O'Reilly Factor
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The O'Reilly Factor
The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life
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The million-copy New York Times bestseller from the Fox News anchor who's brought new excitement–and massive amounts of populist common sense and rock-solid honesty–to television news.
Now four seasons strong, Bill O'Reilly's nightly cable news program, "The O'Reilly Factor," is one of the hottest shows on the air. In book form, The O'Reilly Factor has sold over a million copies and spent fourteen weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Obviously, Bill O'Reilly has made his mark. His blunt, ironic, no-holds-barred style has earned him a devoted audience–friends and foes alike–who send him five thousand letters every week. And with the wit and intelligence that have made him one of the most talked-about stars in both television and publishing, O'Reilly continues to identify what's right, what's wrong, and what's absurd in the political, social, economic, and cultural life of America.
The million-copy New York Times bestseller from the Fox News anchor who's brought new excitement–and massive amounts of populist common sense and rock-solid honesty–to television news.
Now four seasons strong, Bill O'Reilly's nightly cable news program, "The O'Reilly Factor," is one of the hottest shows on the air. In book form, The O'Reilly Factor has sold over a million copies and spent fourteen weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Obviously, Bill O'Reilly has made his mark. His blunt, ironic, no-holds-barred style has earned him a devoted audience–friends and foes alike–who send him five thousand letters every week. And with the wit and intelligence that have made him one of the most talked-about stars in both television and publishing, O'Reilly continues to identify what's right, what's wrong, and what's absurd in the political, social, economic, and cultural life of America.
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  • Introduction If you know who I am, you know why I get letters like this one from a certain Linden S., who lives in Rochester, New York:

    O'Reilly, dislike and contempt dominate your thoughts. So highly charged is your bias that it is a constant astonishment to realize that you are unaware of the effect of your own thinking. A thoughtful, deliberative person doesn't stand a chance with you.

    That's only one letter, selected at random. They come in bushels every day. Something about me and my nightly news analysis program, The O'Reilly Factor, drives some people up the wall.

    But, hey, I'm used to it. I didn't even have to have the top-rated cable news program to get the same response from my first-grade teacher. I was controversial in the first grade, Linden! I come by it honestly!

    It took Sister Mary Claudia only to the second day of first grade at St. Brigid's School in Westbury, New York, to get my number. When she ordered our class of sixty six-year-olds to open our Think and Do books, I slumped in my seat and let loose a deep sigh. See, I have always had a thing about lies, lying, and liars--and this book was pure propaganda. The illustrations of kids smiling while doing math problems was a major lie. I knew that at six years old.

    But Sister Mary Claudia didn't care and leapt on me like a mongoose.

    "William," she shouted. "You are a bold, fresh piece of humanity! You will open your book and close your mouth. You are bold!"

    Thus was laid down the course of my life and career, as writers of another age might put it. Ever since, I have starred in a series of confrontations with overreaching authority figures. Sometimes I was just being a pain in the rear. (Hey, you have to practice these things!) But a lot of the time I was challenging the prevailing wisdom because my sense of justice or truth was outraged. That outrage became my passion . . . and my vocation. Today I get paid a healthy sum for pursuing that passion on national television in prime time. The O'Reilly Factor has been on the air for four years, and they say the ratings are steadily rising while the overall prime-time ratings for cable news networks are sinking. Sister Mary Claudia, can you hear me over the harps?

    Doesn't matter. If the good sister's not in touch, there are always people like the Reverend and Mrs. Dennis N. of Georgia:

    Mr. O'Reilly, you have lost us as viewers. We are sure your lies are born of ignorance. Repent while you still can.

    Thanks for the concern, but it's too late, Reverend.

    If you've tuned in to The O'Reilly Factor, you know that I usually have five guests on my hour-long program. You might see me interviewing George W. Bush about the latest wrinkle in his campaign. Or bugging former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr about his refusal to go public with all he suspects about the Clintons and their sleazy shenanigans. Or getting former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to admit that the Clinton administration doesn't know what happened to some $1 billion it sent to Haiti. Some people think I’m a tough interviewer, but I think I’m fair. And I'm appreciative of my guests. It takes guts for some of these people to come on the Factor, because they don't know which way I'm gonna go.

    Sometimes I bring on my paid on-air consultants, like Newt Gingrich, Geraldine Ferraro, and Dick Morris. They don't usually agree with each other, as you might expect, and they don't usually agree with me. And I always begin each program with a "Talking Point." You'll see what I mean as you read this book, because I use a few here. And I always give the floor at the end of the program to viewer...
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  • A twenty-year veteran of the television industry, Bill O'Reilly has won two Emmy awards for excellence in reporting. He served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated Inside Edition. A graduate of Marist College, he holds two master's degrees, one in public administration from Harvard and another in broadcast journalism from Boston University. He lives on Long Island with his wife and their daughter.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 4, 2000
    A 20-year veteran of the television news industry, two-time Emmy winner Bill O'Reilly is at the peak of his popularity. Named after his nightly television show on Fox News, O'Reilly's new bookDand his narrationDcarry the same flavor as the cable show. His highly opinionated, blunt and unapologetic style has earned him many fans who delight in his no-holds-barred treatment of timely issues. O'Reilly pulls no punches when describing what he thinks is wrong, and even occasionally right, with the U.S., Americans and the rest of the world. He is very entertaining and can charmDwith his wit and self-deprecating anecdotesDeven those who do not share his outspoken opinions. Coming from the horse's mouth, the reading is superb, energetic and engaging. O'Reilly's book is likely to be the only audio listeners will hear that asks for their feedback and thanks them for their time. Simultaneous release with the Broadway hardcover.

  • William J. Bennett "The O'Reilly Factor is a straight, serious, no-nonsense show. Bill O'Reilly has a firm graspof the issues, and he asks the tough questions other hosts won't."
  • Lanny Davis, Former Special Counsel to the President (1996-1998) "I may be damaging Bill O'Reilly's reputation by praising him in public. Nonetheless, even though he is wrong about most things, politically speaking, he is invariably fair and encourages debates. His program is always worth watching."
  • Senator John McCain "I just returned from a trip to Vietnam, and one of the reasons I went was to prepare myself for being back on The O'Reilly Factor because Bill O'Reilly uses some of their old interrogation techniques."
  • Dr. Laura C. Schlessinger "The O'Reilly Factor is a consistently informative, entertaining program that deals with important, contemporary issues. I appreciate Bill O'Reilly's 'no shtick' and 'take no prisoners' approach. The passion, sincerity, and voracity with which he handles his work are refreshing."
  • Geraldine A. Ferraro "It's hard to pin a label on Bill O'Reilly. Is he a liberal conservative or a conservative liberal? But whatever his political leanings, his show is a hard-hitting, fast-moving discussion of events at the top of the news. No one walks away from it, guest or viewer, without admiration for The O'Reilly Factor."
  • Jackie Mason "Bill O'Reilly overpowers . . . with his direct, take-no-prisoners point of view. How a Gentile could be the greatest talk show host in history is something I will never be able to figure out."
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