Oversexed Pundits and Unfriendly Skies

A lot has been going on in the news, and that leads me to a wish for the future. First, some background.

Bill O’Reilly.
Photo by: Wonkette.com

For years, Bill O’Reilly ruled the airwaves from fortress Fox News. From the safety of that rampart, he verbally assaulted anyone on his show with a different opinion or viewpoint from his own. He espoused removing the rights of anyone without mountains of cash in the bank or anyone who rudely dared to be anything other that white or male. Recently, news outlets revealed that he and Fox have paid $13 Million to silence accusations of sexual harassment. This serial sex offender failed to silence Wendy Walsh though, and that means she’s telling everyone how bad O’Reilly’s unconstrained impulses affect the women around him. Things have gotten worse for O’Reilly since then. Nearly all the advertisers for the show have backed away from that dangerously poisonous cesspool.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. O’Reilly is now going on “vacation.”

Dr. Dao
Photo by: Scallywag and Vagabond

Also in the news: Dr. Dao, a paying customer, was violently ejected from a United Airlines flight. Apparently, the flight was overbooked and UA flight crew needed his seat. Passengers, including Dr. Dao, were offered vouchers to exit the flight. Already seated, and anxious to get back to his practice healing the sick, he refused. Air police didn’t bother to investigate these details. Who knows what went on their little minds? Perhaps they saw a non-white man with an accent and sensed vulnerable prey. Perhaps they’d been watching Bill O’Reilly too much and didn’t believe an Asian man “really” deserved any rights. Whatever their motives, they decided to force the issue. Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose, and two shattered teeth. He might’ve been safer traveling through the escalating gun violence of Chicago’s bad neighborhoods. Initially, UA claimed that Dr. Dao was belligerent. This only proves that United Airlines doesn’t quite grasp the concept of “cause and effect.” Evidence shows Dr. Dao wasn’t belligerent at all until rampaging air police violently assaulted him. Just a quick note to United Airlines: paying customers get mad “after” you assault them. Belatedly, United Airlines CEO, Oscar Munoz, finally apologized days later. One can easily imagine the PR rep who forced him on stage with a leveled shotgun.

In a recent press briefing, Dr. Dao’s lawyer explained why the doctor was saying, “Just kill me” after the assault. Dao escaped Vietnam in a boat during the fall of Saigon in 1975. According to Dr. Dao, escaping a country shattered by ten years of warfare in an flimsy boat wasn’t as “harrowing” as taking a United Airlines flight. This speaks volumes.

With these events in mind, I have a wish for the future:

I sincerely hope that Bill O’Reilly goes on vacation on an overbooked United Airlines flight.

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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11 Responses to Oversexed Pundits and Unfriendly Skies

  1. List of X says:

    Unfortunately, United wouldn’t dare to kick out Bill O’Reilly: while they think they can get away with beating a nobody without it becoming a top story of the week, a celebrity like O’Reilly is guaranteed to make it a big story, if only to talk about something other than his own problems.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I know. It’s a pipe dream. Bill will never get the same treatment “normal” people get. We have to pay for our mistakes. Well at least we can watch him fall from grace. I’m still hoping there’s concrete at the end of that fall.

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  2. Sad affairs. It seems over the past ten years or so racial violence has been escalating again in the US, the population polarizing frighteningly. Now there’s another blatant example.

    As to the Mr O’Reilly, one hardly knows what to think. I’m afraid it’s becoming a thing for women to accuse men of sexual harassment. If the accusations are true, the offender should be punished. But one wonders…people are human and the temptation to grab a moment of fame could generate a lot of interpretations.

    I recall a case in Ontario where a teen female student claimed sexual harassment against her teacher because he said, “Good girl!” when she answered a question correctly.

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    • EagleAye says:

      It is a sad state. I feel like the lunatic fringe with its xenophobic tendencies suddenly feel like they have an approving audience.

      Regarding harrasment charges, there are examples of false allegations. I can point out a few more. The worst thing about such profiteering is that it dilutes the importance of legitimate claims.

      When it comes to O’Reilly, I can’t say for certain that all claims against him are legit, only that I believe they are. Here’s why:

      O’Reilly has proven himself to be a champion of the well-heeled and socially dominant. His disdain for anyone who isn’t white-male-christian is flagrant and constantly on display. He behaves like a prince who knows he can say and do anything he likes with no repercussions. It seems to me that someone who is so careless about the life and experiences of anyone different from him is mostly going to take actions that reflect carelessness about others. Sexual harassment is such an act. Add to it the enormous amount of money paid out to keep multiple allegations secret, and I thinks it’s plausible that at least some are accurate. This isn’t proof of anything, it’s just my read on the situation.

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      • Lyn says:

        I don’t know how he can utter the word Christian and apply it to himself. A Christian he sure ain’t – not by even the greatest stretch of the imagination. He is an evil, self-obsessed man who has no idea of what awaits him.

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      • EagleAye says:

        Totally agree. He uses the label of Christian like a shield, rather than a religion, to protect him from the people he attacks.

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  3. To me this whole United Airlines situation, as it’s been reported, sums up the way news reporting has gone – reduced to a farrago of conflicting gossip masquerading as ‘truth’, in which the ‘spin’ of vested parties has as much apparent credibility as anything else. The fact that the incident was filmed from multiple perspectives doesn’t seem to have reduced the issue. I really lament the loss of good investigative journalism these days. Sigh…

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    • EagleAye says:

      Well, I agree that unbiased journalism has fallen by the wayside. Everyone has their own slant and each network offers just enough data to prove their take on things.

      In the case of Dr. Dao I think the video evidence speaks for itself. He was belligerent as UA claims but only after being manhandled. Airline personnel are granted powerful authority and this exists for good reason, to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. If a stewardess asks you to sit down and buckle up, you’d better do it. You can rightly be incarcerated if you don’t. The crew can also remove a passenger if he is belligerent. It’s happened before and those crews were correct. In the case of Dr. Dao, he offered no threat. He simply got in the way of the airline’s convenience. In this case the use of force wasn’t warranted. I don’t believe the facts are being misreported. I think this is one of those rare instances where the case is very clear.

      We do indeed live in a time where the press muddies the waters to pursue their own agenda. I believe this isn’t an example of that.

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  4. Colline says:

    It was certainly not right forcefully removing a man who had already boarded and settled in his seat. The Airline certainly had no cause to treat him the way that they did.

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  5. Autumn Cote says:

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to6 give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please respond via email.

    Autumn
    AutumnCote@WriterBeat.com

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