Columnist Likens O’Reilly to McCarthy, Says Dailies Need ‘Labor’ Sections

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By: Dave Astor

Norman Solomon compared fellow Creators Syndicate columnist Bill O’Reilly to Joe McCarthy in a piece titled “Media New Year’s Resolutions for 2006.”

Solomon advised O’Reilly: “Carefully listen to the archival footage in [the movie] ‘Good Night, and Good Luck.’ If you don’t notice your strong resemblance to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, ask someone who doesn’t work for Fox to explain it to you.”

O’Reilly, of course, is best known for hosting “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel.

When asked for O’Reilly’s reaction to Solomon’s words, a spokesperson for the broadcaster/columnist told E&P Tuesday: “Bill has no comment on this.”

O’Reilly has made a number of controversial statements in recent months, and he also unveiled an “enemies list” this November that included the St. Petersburg Times and New York Daily News (E&P Online, Nov. 30).

In his weekend column, Solomon also offered 10 other resolutions. One, aimed at newspaper editors, read as follows: “Just about every paper has a ‘Business’ section, where the focus is on CEOs, company managers, profit reports, and big-time investors. But a lot more readers are working people — and a daily ‘Labor’ section would be a welcome addition to the newsprint mix.”

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