Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My Email to Billy Boy and The Factor

It's painful to watch, but I have to admit that, on occasion, I watch the O'Reilly Factor. I find the man to be angry and spiteful. In October, 2007 after he called my musical hero, Bruce Springsteen, unpatriotic, I had to send him an email. Here it is.....

I’ve watched your show for years and felt compelled so many times to send you a note, but your assault on Bruce motivated me to finally write. I should state that I claim no political party. All media channels appear to have bias, so one must watch several to get a balanced perspective. So a mix of Fox news, the NY Times, CNN, and NPR make an interesting blend. Your totally arrogant stating that individuals have to appear on YOUR show. When did you become the TV-god? Stating that you will donate $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity is such a farce. Bruce appearing on your show would provide Fox the opportunity to sell commercials at Super Bowl rates. $25,000 donation……give me a break. Your ratings would skyrocket even more! No one reports to you. Bruce for forty years has consistently written and sung about what he feels in his heart and ponders in his mind. He’s always had the courage to release music that was not what the mainstream wanted to hear. Whether it was the darkness on Nebraska, the pain in Streets of Philadelphia, the reality of American Skin or Dead Man Walkin’, or his perception of our country on Magic. You state that he is misleading the younger voters.
He has the right to his opinion just as you do. If people don’t like it, they don’t buy his CD or attend his concert. His business is about direct feedback. Your problem is that people are buying his “spin”. His problem is that people are buying your “spin”. You see, that’s the beauty of a free country.
Billy-Boy, you continue to mislead the evangelical/Republican babyboomers. You spit venom and spread hatred.

In the “up” cycle (1982-2000), you media mongers sold “greed”. Remember the euphoric ending (aka DotCom). Now in the early stages of the “down” cycle, you sell “fear”. Fear of muslims. Fear of Mexicans. Fear that our house value will drop in half. Xenophobia is a powerful force in the down cycle and you are fueling it as much as anybody. Why didn’t you care about illegal Mexicans in 1995? If you believe that the U.S. is in the business of removing evil dictators than why aren’t we in Iran, N. Korea, and Venezuela. If we are good Samaritans, why aren’t we in Darfur/Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

The interesting point regarding mass social mood is that two years into the “up” cycle (1984) Bruce released the album, Born in the USA. The title song ironically was misconstrued to be a national anthem when it really was a song about how poorly our Vietnam veterans were treated. Wikipedia states the following “Yet more notably, the widely-read, bow-tied conservative columnist George Will, after attending a show, published on September 13, 1984 a piece entitled "A Yankee Doodle Springsteen" in which he praised Springsteen as an exemplar of classic American values. He wrote: ‘I have not got a clue about Springsteen's politics, if any, but flags get waved at his concerts while he sings songs about hard times. He is no whiner, and the recitation of closed factories and other problems always seems punctuated by a grand, cheerful affirmation: 'Born in the U.S.A.!'.”
You see, in the “up” cycle we see the bright side of things. Now in the “down” cycle MAGIC is construed to be anti-American and unpatriotic. A very interesting psychology experiment.

Billy-Boy, on another note, Iraq and global warming are about the same thing, overconsumption. No one wants to talk about that because then we all are guilty. Al Gore in his many houses is guilty. Bill O’Reilly is guilty. I am guilty. As you know, we’re in Iraq for strategic reasons…..to control the oil output from the Middle East. Afghanistan provided a great landing base. Iraq provides great oil reserves and proximity to Iran. Please be honest. Yes, it was about WMD’s, but those of another kind: weapons of mass depletion. As a country that represents 5% of the world’s population, we consume 25% of its resources. That’s just irresponsible. Why don’t you spend a week focusing on US consumption. Have Jared Diamond as a guest (author of Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse). Or maybe have Richard Heinberg (The Party’s Over; Peak Everything).
Historically, conflict between cultures is sourced in resources or religion. The current and coming years provide an alignment of both. Stay tuned. You’ll have a lot more interesting topics to talk about than assaulting iconic rock stars.

Mr. O’Neill, you are subject to external forces much greater than yourself. Your selling what the mobs currently seek and feel…….FEAR.

I’ve purposely made this response long so that you can selectively edit and combine to make your point seem valid.

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