Yes, we’re riffing on that title again, as well as picking up an omitted digression from our earlier brief discussion of entreprenurial interview techniques, if only because this one’s playing out in real time.
If you, like us, are obsessive avoiders of Bill O’Reilly’s Cavalcade of Comedy, you may not know that LoofahMan enjoys chasing prey with television cameras, as the clip here from Monday night demonstrates. We didn’t know ourselves, until Jon Stewart took a moment from CNBC-bashing to enlighten us.
But you may have known that Mr. Bill gave a fundraising speech last Thursday to a rape-survivors group, which struck many as odd since he has an unsettling habit of blaming alluringly clad victims for their fate. One of those people who couldn’t fit the pieces together was Amanda Terkel of socialist-conspiracy hangout Think Progress, who on March 1 brought to our attention a broadcast remark of O’Reilly’s from August 2, 2006:
Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She’s walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she’s out of her mind, drunk.
And then she was raped and murdered, silly girl.
On the other hand, Amanda Terkel wasn’t drunk and out of her mind when O’Reilly’s field team found her outside her hotel in Winchester, Virginia. Last Saturday. During an unannounced vacation. Two hours from her DC home:
I can only infer that the two men staked out my apartment and then followed me for two hours. Looking back, my friend and I remember seeing their tan SUV following us for much of the trip.
Well, fair’s fair. Surely you’ve heard of Amanda Terkel — a widely known public figure, an elected official at that, and under suspicion for heinous crimes. Who wouldn’t stalk her? It’s not like she’s some faceless blogger for a website you’ve never read.
Besides, she’s guilty as sin for embarrassing the rape-survivors group, everybody knows that. If nobody had brought up O’Reilly’s earlier remarks, none of this would have happened.
And Bill O’Reilly is nothing but balanced: He always gives “public servants” an opportunity to explain themselves on his show before chasing them down. Except when, say in this case, he forgets to. Amanda Terkel can’t figure out why he didn’t think to just ask her first. Fox News won’t return her calls.