Take a look at this clip and then catch up with me below.
This is Bill O’Reilly talking with Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitutional Society. In a nutshell, after dismissing her analysis of the Individual Mandate, he predicted that SCOTUS would overturn it with a 5-4 decision and promised that if he was wrong, he would apologize for quote, “being an idiot” close quotes.
Now keep in mind that O’Reilly was not alone in this prediction. 21 constitutional scholars were recently polled about it and only eight thought it would survive. We all thought this thing was looking deader than chicken fried steak. In the grand pageant of shit Bill O’Reilly has gotten wrong over the years, this was easily the most understandable.
Which make his reaction all the more dickish. (Via: Talking Points Memo.)
“Okay, I’m not really sorry,” he said. “But I am a man of my word, so I apologize for not factoring in the John Roberts situation. Truthfully, I never in a million years thought the Chief Justice would go beyond the scope of the Commerce Clause debate and into taxation. I may be an idiot for not considering that.”
Translation: I would have been right if Justice Roberts hadn’t been such a giant pussy.
O’Reilly blamed the “kooks” at MSNBC and the “smear site” Media Matters for making a big deal of his March Supreme Court prediction and demanding an apology. Frequent “O’Reilly Factor” guest Bernie Goldberg then joined the program for a little media criticism: “You may be many things, Bill, but naive isn’t one of them,” he said. “You should have seen this coming. You’re a big name in the culture, on a big network, and you made a big, loud prediction. So of course they were going to go after you. But not for journalistic reasons. This is trivial as far as journalism is concerned. You made a prediction and you got it wrong, that’s no big deal. … They’re going after you for entertainment reasons. It is great entertainment to go after Bill O’reilly, who’s got a target on his back.”
Translation: When you offered to apologize for your mistake, they were fools for expecting you to follow through on it.
(And seriously, could Bernie Goldberg as more enabling of O’Reilly’s little temper tantrum? The man passed over ass kissing and went straight for rim job.)
So O’Reilly, instead saying oops and moving on, mumbles “Oops” and then bashes MSNBC and Media Matters for having the temerity to wonder out loud why he didn’t just say “Oops”.
Thus making Bill O’Reilly…A PROFILE IN DICKISHNESS!!
(EDIT: 7-5-12. Fixed a tense mistake.)