Sunday, May 17, 2009

O’Reilly: Americans should be able to go out in public without being harassed by people with cameras.


After the Wednesday edition of the O’Reilly Factor, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly complained on his daily “O’Reilly Factor Post Game Show” that, in his view, today’s technology means “we don’t have any privacy at all.” He warned his viewers, “Somewhere along in your life, somebody is going to come up and start snapping pictures of you. If you can, avoid that.” “Nothing good in this high-tech age comes out of anybody intruding on you in that way,” he added. Watch it:

O’Reilly’s concern for the privacy of his viewers is odd when viewed in light of the fact that he dispatches producers to “intrude” on the lives of private citizens on a regular basis. Indeed, in February of this year O’Reilly had his producer Jesse Waters ambush ThinkProgress Managing Editor Amanda Terkel while she was on vacation. In all, at least 40 other individuals were subjected to similar treatment by O’Reilly. Is he now prepared to admit that “nothing good” comes out of his ambush journalism?

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