Balding O’Reilly Attack Dog, Porter Barry, Left Wimpering
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
By now you’re probably familiar with Bill O’Reilly’s attack-dog style of pseudo-journalism, whereby some no-name lackey (say, Jesse Watters or the balding Porter Barry) ambushes an unsuspecting civilian, gets right up in the person’s face, and asks the same question repeatedly. The O’Reilly Factor then edits the entire clip down, so only the parts that serve the show’s objectives make it onto the air. O’Reilly then portrays himself and his producers as “looking out for you”—even though they’ve compromised your ability to interpret what actually happened by cherry-picking which parts of the interaction they’ll allow you to see.
Pseudo-journalists like Porter Barry see themselves as attack dogs, and O’Reilly makes it a point to stroke their egos incessantly, and to brainwash them into believing what they’re doing is true journalism. But these shady pit bulls are really more like pomeranians. And it’s surprising to see how little they enjoy having their own goofball tactics turned against them.
Factor producer Porter Barry was called on this weekend in Minneapolis for a sting on Bill Moyers, at, of all places, the National Conference for Media Reform. Not only was Moyers ready for the attack—with sharp answers that won’t lend themselves easily to Sound Bite Journalism—but a slew of actual journalists stalked Porter Barry all the way out of the hotel.
Very small portions of this clip may be shown on the O’Reilly Factor on Monday, to misrepresent what was said. Here is the full, unedited footage of the exchange, which they’ve posted all over the Internet.
Hopefully, enough people will watch this video so that being a “Factor producer” will no longer be a desirable job. Already, Jesse Watters has nearly been arrested for trespassing in Tampa. Now Porter Barry has made a national ass of himself in this widely watched, botched political hit job. One can sense toward the end of his discussion with Moyers that Porter Barry appears to be rethinking his decisions; wondering how much longer he can respect himself. Face it Porter: you were set up. Bill O’Reilly sends you to lose the debates he knows he himself cannot win. If I were you, Porter, I’d take advantage of Moyers’ offer. Jump off the sinking the ship!