May 4, 2007

Move Over Imus

Imus isn't the only one who uses derogatory name calling as a way to get his point across. Why is it that no one is up and arms over Bill O'Reilly then? Perhaps because he works for Fox News and is under the wings of the "good 'ol boys" and thus is one of the untouchables?

STUDY: Bill O'Reilly Uses Derogatory Names 'More Than Once Every Seven Seconds

Think Progress blog
May 2, 2007
http://journalism.indiana.edu/papers/oreilly.html
A new study by Indiana University media researchers finds that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly calls "aperson or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds, on average, ornearly nine times every minute during the editorials that open his program each night." The study documented six months worth, or 115 episodes, of O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" editorials "using propaganda analysis techniques madepopular after World War I." Researchers found that O'Reilly "was prone to inject fear
into his commentaries and quick to resort to name-calling. He also frequently assigned roles or attributes - such as 'villians' or r downright 'evil' - to people and groups.
Full item here:http://thinkprogress.org/2007/05/02/oreilly-derogatory/

An Aside:
O'Reilly is a self-described independent and has used several terms to describe his views. In his book Culture Warrior, he identifies himself as a traditionalist and a populist. Previously a registered Republican for an unknown period of time, O'Reilly has been registered as having no party affiliation since 2001.

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