- In an electrifying address that served notice on
network news executives, white-hot Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly
warned Saturday night that he's "on a jihad" against the
media and the politicians they favor.
- "I am going to hold these S.O.B.s accountable for
what they do," the Fox phenom told "Talkers Magazine's"
New Media Seminar, which awarded him its annual Freedom of Speech
- "They want power in this country? They come through
us. Because we speak for the people. We're the only ones who
- In a ten minute impromptu speech that was puctuated by
the audience's rousing cheers, O'Reilly said the success of the Fox News
Channel is evidence of the nationwide desire to overthrow the old media
guard, and noted that his interview last week with CBS anchorman Dan Rather
was "pretty much the signature of their decline."
- Among Rather's most damaging admissions: his belief that
Bill Clinton "is an honest man" and his professed ignorance about
the details Juanita Broaddrick's rape allegation.
- "I'm in the vanguard on television of our search
and destroy mission about the elite media," the Fox News host told
the "Talkers" crowd. "And I'm proud of the fact that we
have taken these people down - not on a personal level - but on a level
that's going to open up communications and information to all
- O'Reilly singled out Sen. Hillary Clinton as the kind
of politician the new media would soon make extinct.
- "No longer are they going to be able to do the
dance. Hillary is the last, all right? Hillary did the dance - 'I'm not
going to talk to anybody. I'm going to cheat, I'm going to steal. I'm going
to get want I want.' She won."
- "That's the end," O'Reilly warned of Hillary's
style of campaign. "From now on they're going to have to come through
- The one-time ABC News journalist's disdain for his
media colleagues was palpable.
- "I don't want to have lunch with them. I don't want
to go to the parties with them. I don't want to hang out with Barbara
O'Reilly told the crowd. "And the reason is because those people are
not looking out for us - and for the people we represent.
- The Fox newsman slammed the "staggerring
bias" of the networks' news divisions, predicting, "No longer
are you going to have five white guys who live in Westchester having a
stranglehold on what Americans see on the network news."
- By the end of O'Reilly's address the "Talkers"
crowd was on its feet, cheering wildly and mobbing him for autographs.
His low-key delivery belied the go-for-the-jugular sentiments he conveyed,
which were nothing less than an alternative-media call to arms.
- Here's the full transcript of Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly's
address at "Talkers Magazine's" New Media Seminar, May 19,
- All right. I know it's been a long evening, and I'm going
to keep my remarks short, pithy - as is my wont.
- I wouldn't be here if not for talk radio. Obviously
O'Reilly Factor" is the first television version of a free-form talk
radio. There's no question about it. I can take some credit for developing
the program, but I obviously stole the concept from you guys. I appreciate
that very much.
- The second thing is; I could not have become the success
that we've become if not for the support of talk radio. As Blanquita
accurately mentioned, when my book came out, I couldn't get on the
Show" - I still haven't been on the "Today Show" - or any
of the network venues at all. And that's what I want to talk to you about
- The dramatic change that we're seeing, not only in
but also in radio and in the print media, is, I think, a phenomenon that
hasn't been fully explored. And it's going to influence everybody in this
room if you make your living in communications.
- The old guard is dead. They're done. They're finished.
It's not going to come back. And, if any of you saw my interview with Dan
Rather this week ...[applause], that was pretty much the signature of their
- And I respect Mr. Rather. And I gave him half of my
to explain how he sees his role as the managing editor and anchorman of
CBS News. You can make your own determination as to how well he handled
himself; I'm not going to comment on it.
- But I will tell you that there's a fundamental change
going on. Peter Jennings gave an address on Tuesday at the Fred Friendly
award he got at Quinnipiac College. And he said to all of the network
[laughter], um - the reason that they're in decline is that they're all
the same and that they're all politically correct and that the corporate
structure they have to work under has strangled their creativity and it's
almost all over. And this is what Peter Jennings said.
- And then he looked at me in the audience - you know,
I'm sitting there with a fork in my mouth - and he said, "Bill
used to work for us, and he's not politically correct, and look what's
happened to him."
- And I thought Andrew Hayward was going to have a heart
attack right there [laughter]. He's the president of CBS News.
- Now, this is heady stuff for me. Obviously, I'm in the
vanguard on television of our search-and-destroy mission about the elite
media. And I'm proud of the fact that we have taken these people down -
not on a personal level - but on a level that's going to open up
and information to all Americans.
- No longer are you going to have five white guys who live
in Westchester having a stranglehold on what Americans see on the network
news. [applause] For 40 years, 40 years, five white guys, OK, have
every night what you are going to see and hear.
- The exclusionary bias is staggering. It has nothing to
do with political parties. They don't sit around saying how can we advance
this person's campaign. What it has to do with [is] regular working people.
They don't want to hear from us. They don't want to address our concerns.
And they don't want to do it at the Washington Post or the New York Times
or the networks.
- Where they do [address our concerns] is on talk radio.
That's where the people get their say and they get to interact. That is
the town meeting of America.
- Now, do you see that written about in the elite media?
Do you see it written about in the New York Times? Do you see it written
about in the Boston Globe or the Los Angeles Times?
- No you do not. They do not cover you people. They ignore
you people. That is at their peril. That is at their peril.
- They started to ignore me and the Fox News Channel for
two, three years. Now we are just killing them. We are killing them. It's
a mandate that is not even questionable.
- So now I'm on the cover of TV Guide in three weeks. Now
the New York Times Magazine is in on all of this. And that's fine. I don't
have any resentment about it. But I know that there's a sea change, it's
a tremendous change in this country. And the leaders of this country in
the next 20 years are going to be people who have to engage you, who have
to engage me.
- No longer are they going to be able to do the Hillary
dance. Hillary is the last, all right? Hillary did the dance - "I'm
not going to talk to anybody. I'm going to cheat, I'm going to steal. I'm
going to get want I want." She won.
- That's the end, all right? From now on they're going
to have to come through us. They're going to have to come through us. And
I don't know about you, but I'm going to get tougher. I'm going to get
mean. I'm going to get sharper. ... [rousing applause]. I'm going to give
these people no quarter.
- I don't want to have lunch with them. I don't want to
go to the parties with them. I don't want to hang out with Barbara Walters.
All right? And the reason is because those people are not looking out for
us - and for the people we represent. They're looking out for themselves.
And we see it time and time and time again.
- And every night on "The Factor" we pound them;
we pound them. We respect the fact that they come in. And the ones that
don't we're going to have a new, a new - I'm going to think up something
- and we're going to have their pictures right across the screen.
- We are going to deliver body blows to them time after
time after time. I don't care if they're Democrat. I don't care if they're
Republican. I don't care who they are, all right? I'm going to watch them.
I'm going to hold them accountable for what they do, not what they say.
I don't care what they say. It's how they comport themselves, how they
conduct themselves, all right?
- So I'm on a jihad here. I am on a mission. I'm going
to use you. I am going to call you. My next book comes out in the fall
- you'll be seeing me; you'll be sick of me. I'm sick of me.
- But I am on a mission. And I am going to hold these
accountable for what they do. They want power in this country? They come
through us. Because we speak for the people. We're the only ones who
- The others are more interested in playing with each
accumulating power, schmoozing. It's not what we're about here. We talk
to the real folks. We talk to the folks who are getting hurt by the gas
prices, who are getting hurt by the punitive taxes. That's what we do.
Every day, that's what we do.
- They don't care about this. They don't care about it,
allright? To them it's power, it's money, it's presitge.
- They're dying, thank God. Thank you very much for this
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