O'Reilly vs. Hollywood!
Bill O'Reilly Special
FOX Newsman Bill O'Reilly puts Hollywood in the hot seat...
O'Reilly vs. Hollywood!
Tuesday, June 04, 2002
Bill O'Reilly takes on Hollywood!
In the third of four specials for the FOX network, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly hosts An O'Reilly Factor Special: O’Reilly vs. Hollywood.
Don't miss our latest special on Friday, June 7 at 9 p.m ET/PT only on the FOX network!
Watch an excerpt from O'Reilly vs. Hollywood
As you might imagine, Bill O'Reilly is no stranger to this topic! The unforgettable events on September 11 led to an unprecedented outpouring of giving by the American people. Much of that money was raised through a series of benefit performances backed by some of the brightest stars in Hollywood.
But when O'Reilly began asking hard questions — about where the money was going, when it was going to be delivered to victims' families and whether those Hollywood personalities were following up with the charities or just paying attention to getting their names out to the press at a time when entertainment news was low on everyone’s priority list — a firestorm of controversy ensued. Several famous names criticized O'Reilly for taking them on and questioning their charitable motives.
In this special, O'Reilly takes on Hollywood — and Hollywood takes him on — as he examines its political culture. Bill spars with the movers and shakers in the industry. He dares to question their motives and lets them know his beef with them. Among the Hollywood celebs interviewed: Ben Stiller, Rosie O'Donnell, James Woods, Janeane Garofalo and Jon Stewart.
Here's a preview of what Stiller and Stewart have to say to O'Reilly:
BEN STILLER: The thesis of this special is, if there are celebrities who do think things out...
O'REILLY...and there are celebrities who don’t.bsp;
O'REILLY: But we’re going to try to separate...
O'REILLY: ...the wheat from the chaff.
STILLER: Oh my Lord! I hope I'm the wheat. Right, the wheat you want to be, but not the chaff. What is chaff anyway?!
JON STEWART: The majority of activist celebrities are not within the realm of, of young people's scope. You know, I don’t think, you know, the kids at the raves are going, "I'll tell you, Cher and, uh, Alec Baldwin, I’ll tell you, they speak to me."
ROSIE O'DONNELL: When I was called and asked to do that telethon, I said to the director and the people who were putting that telethon together, "If you have a million dollar cover charge, I will show up. If you don’t, shame on you." The fact that they were able to raise that money-and where it went is irrelevant to me, because the Red Cross is a national organization that does very good work. But the fact that every single person who appeared on it, who had the ability to give that kind of money, yet did not, and was not expected to by America, stunned me. It stunned me, Bill.
Last edited by supermanpal; 06-07-2002 at 05:45 PM.
I have a love/hate relationship with O'Reilly. The man's got balls... I admire that, but sometimes he comes off as a shifty jackass. I often resent him talking about how he does what he does for the American people. Yet, he's conservative (as am I), makes some generally good points, and quite often fights the good fight in terms of defending American freedom and liberty. I liked his criticism of the 9/11 charities, and I like his cynical attitude when dealing with celebrity activism, something I usually find completely idiotic (with occasional exceptions). In the end, I liked this special a lot more than his last one on violence in the media.
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Actually, he's NOT a conservative. He's an independent, like myself (even though I'm a registered Democrat). He just gets labelled as one because so many Liberals like to blackball the network for not praising their every move.
While I do admire O'reilly, and Disagree with him on varying things at the same time... I do have to feel sorry for the guy. I know he can take it, but he gets so much crap from people for simply asking questions. When I was in first grade, my teacher told me something I've always remembered... if you want to know something, ASK. He often gets attacked by dorks like George Clooney for doing just that, and even less. And then gets attacked for defending himself.
I'm glad he's out there in the open and pushes for what's right (or what he believes is right), because he's HONEST with everyone. And even when I don't agree with him, that's really all that matters to me.
O'Reilly is 75% Conservative and 25% Liberal. As opposed to me 100% Conservative and proud of it.