Discussion in 'Current Events' started by NATO AIR, Dec 19, 2005.
one he would be wise to take up.
O'Reilly responded to Kristof's column on a recent program. If you missed it, you can probably find the transcript at Fox News. O'Reilly's ending counterpunch was that he (O'Reilly) probably gives more to charity in a single year than Kristof has in his entire life. Wouldn't "inquiring minds" like to know the score on that one?
Yes, that was a masterful job of turning that all around into promotion of his website and I'm better than you because I give more money to charity than you posturing. That whole talking point redefined pompous. That's not to say that he doesn't have a point, but damn, can one man get any more full of himself?
The best gifts to charity are done anonymously. I knew a couple who'd take out money orders in the name of somebody who was needy. They would mail the $ from different places around the country and only include a typed note:
"Here's a gift. Please use this as God directs you!"
Those people gave for the right reasons.
Giving to EVER mention it to anyone - much less to millions of people - is likely giving for the 'wrong' reasons.
Like ego boosts.
Or self promotion.
He makes the occasional reasonable point, but God is he a braggart.
Kristof is a leftist hack, has always been a leftist hack, and will in all probability continue to be a leftist hack. O'Reilly should have just brushed him off instead of getting into a "who's more charitable" fight.
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Kristof got what he wanted out of it; a petty response. Shame on Kristof for using his pretend care of the issues he spoke about to instigate a fight with O'Reilly. If Kristof really cared about helping the needy, he'd do it, instead of chastizing others. All in all, a sad representation of humanity right here.
I think a lot of that has to do with showmanship. The same way Rush rubs people the wrong way when he says things like "talent on loan from God" . It's just their media egos playing to the crowd very tongue in cheek. I just don't read too much into that. Kristof on the other hand and those like him are really the ones who love to hear themselves talk and write in that smug way they have implying they are so much more savvy, brilliant and insightful than everyone else.
Did you happen to watch the talking point? I agree with you on the "Talent on Loan from God" thing, but in this particular talking point, it was blatant display of "I'm better than you becaues I donate more money than you so don't criticize me."
Tongue in cheek is fine and dandy. Hip hop does a lot of it. I think Howard Stern nailed it on the head when O'Reilly interviewed him - it's all to feed his ego, to make him go to sleep each night feeling like a king because he donates so much money. He's the poster boy for selfish philanthropy.
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