Thursday, October 2, 2008

Barney Frank Vs. Bill O'Reilly: Priceless!

Oh, the power of context. And selectively excluding someone's quote:

Take the following, spoken by Barney Frank in July of 2008, and shown on The O'Reilly Factor this October 2, 2008 about 22 minutes into the show.

..they are not the best investment these days, from a long term standpoint going back. I think they're in good shape going forward.

Then take Bill O'Reilly, quoting Barney Frank and placing blame on him. He ignores the first part and fixates on:

I think they're in good shape going forward.

..and so on. To make a long story short, a rather unprofessional display unfolds. O'Reilly starts by claiming everybody should be angry at him. Barney Frank defends his record. Before Barney Frank can finish, O'Reilly begins to interrupt and then raises his voice. Eventually all you hear is both speaking on top of each other.

What are they talking about, you ask? Fannie and Freddie. It goes pretty much downhill from here. He accuses Barney Frank for being the reason people decided to purchase stock in Fannie and Freddie back in July of this year.

Amazing that Barney Frank is able to keep his cool, remind him about the first part of the quote, and chime in: "the joke is that I could have a rational discussion with you" during O'Reilly's unprofessional ranting and raving.

Break to commercial. After the break O'Reilly says, "did I raise my voice.. its the Irish.."

Wow. What a show indeed.

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