This: OReillys Pounce
OReilly MPA 1996
viewers know what theyre getting when they tune into Bill
OReilly MPA 1996 any weeknight between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. This
Fox News resident dishes it out as good as he gets on his self-named
talk show, The
OReilly Factor. One night last spring, for instance,
he criticized Don Hewitt, creator of 60 Minutes, for
the way the networks present the news, and insisted that the networks
dont take any chances. That same night, he questioned U.S.
Comptroller General David Walker: How much did Hillary Clintons
North Africa trip cost? Where is the $5 billion the Department of
Agriculture cant find? What specifically happened to $1 billion
the Clinton administration sent to Haiti?
Before The OReilly Factor came on the air, he questioned
why there couldnt be a news analysis show with more of an
edge similar to the Sunday morning lineup. It turns out that
he had his finger on the pulse of what American viewers wanted because
his ratings are up 190 percent from 2000 to 2001, and his is the
highest-rated show on cable, even edging out CNNs Larry
realized that the news business was changing rapidly and traditional
news shows were losing their audiences for two reasons: people were
working so much that they missed the nightly news, and the three
network news programs were very similar and conservative in their
presentations, OReilly said, explaining why he hammers
away at his guests, insisting on answers.
has what the Washington Post calls the Pounce,
his signature move, as powerful as an uppercut and about as
subtle. The Wall Street Journal calls OReillys
style one part headmaster, one part bull terrier with his
teeth sunk into the postmans trousers. Highly praised
by some, severely criticized by others, OReilly cares little
about his legacy or how he will be remembered when hes gone.
It doesnt concern me what people think, says OReilly.
Most TV performers are inhibited because they want approval
from the people who see them. I dont care.
he thinks about his audience, OReilly conjures up memories
of his father who was very cautious, who didnt
take any chances because he thought the system would reward
him for that loyalty. The system didnt reward him,
says OReilly, who doesnt play the game,
and doesnt take the predictable road. Instead, he seeks what
he sees to be the truth and relates that to his audience. And he
seems to have had the same audience in mind when he wrote The
OReilly Factor: The Good, Bad, and Completely Ridiculous in
American Life. In this, his second book, he reveals that
the federal government has spent $230,000 for a study of housefly
sex habits, $27,000 for an analysis of why prisoners want to escape,
and $100,000 to determine why Americans dont like beets.
who started at Fox News as an anchor/host in 1996, had been working
in television for 23 years before landing at the Kennedy School,
where he discovered that there was a more diverse way to look at
things. What he liked most about the Kennedy School was the
atmosphere of lets take a different road to fix a traditional
problem. According to OReilly, one weak point
is that the Kennedy School cant get the word out. TV studios
and satellite hookups, he believes, would help the public learn
more about the tremendous amount of brilliance at the
and discipline are OReillys mantra. He has become, in
his own words, one of the most powerful broadcasters
in the country. I was very persistent, says OReilly,
looking over his long career. Very honest. I didnt compromise.
I didnt change my style. And Im proud I hung in there
for 27 years.