Boston Magazine Investigates: The Education of Bill O'Reilly
If nothing else, Bill O’Reilly’s upcoming book, Pinheads and Patriots, will stand as a testament to his consistency as a freedom-loving Fox News personality. The American flag? Still good. Barney Frank? Still an idiot. But was O’Reilly always so predictable? To find out, we looked back to 1974, when Papa Bear was still a cub columnist for BU’s the Daily Free Press. Here’s how his thinking from 36 years ago compares to some of his more recent opinions.
"In the past, if you worked hard and played the game, you might achieve the position you coveted. But that’s all over now…. Racial minorities, veterans, and [convicts] have been told the American dream is closed."
"[Y]ou gotta look people in the eye and tell ‘em they’re irresponsible and lazy…. In this country, you can succeed if you get educated and work hard. Period."
"[W]hat I know best is the disingenuous crap I’ve been fed by people in positions of responsibility."
"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and [he doesn't have WMDs], I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again, all right?"
"Hysteria and rhetoric are as useless as they are common in times of crisis."
"[The ACLU is] the most dangerous organization in the [U.S.]…They’re, like, second next to Al Qaeda."
"Foxy Fanne Foxe is a better stripper than Blaze Starr, but the best I’ve seen was a drunken, middle-aged housewife in a topless bar in Syracuse, New York — smokin’."
"I would take the little loofah thing and kinda soap your back and rub it all over you…and then with my other hand I would start to massage your boobs."