Michael Gaynor
February 26, 2007
"Cultured warrior" Laura Ingraham lambasts "culture warrior" Bill O'Reilly
By Michael Gaynor

It is memorable for fans of television/radio personality and best-selling author Bill O'Reilly and his frequent guest and occasional substitute, Laura Ingraham, the television/radio personality and best-selling author whom he called "the Czarina."

It is especially memorable for the many fans of both stars, articulate advocates of traditional family values and therefore top targets of secular extremists.

What is memorable is that "the Czarina" upbraided Mr. O'Reilly on "The O'Reilly Factor" (and even Fox Cable), and rightfully so.

"The Czarina" did what MSNBC competitor Keith Olbermann has tried so hard to do for years, without success: expose Mr. O'Reilly as part of the problem and reduce him to silence.

Since "the Czarina" has not been back on "The Factor" since, there are questions as to how big a man Mr. O'Reilly really is and how long it will take for him to acknowledge, privately and publicly, that "the Czarina" made use of "the no spin zone" to tell him an important truth to which he apparently had been oblivious and thank her for doing it!

Ironically, "the Czarina" became a "national figure" (and her legs became nationally known) when she appeared on a New York Times Magazine cover in a miniskirt in 195 to explode the myth (together with other beautiful conservative women) that liberal women are better looking.

What happened on "The Factor" on February 1, 2007?

What did "the Czarina" say that reduced Mr. O'Reilly to stunned silence?

"The Czarina" confronted Mr. O'Reilly about all the sex laden videos played on "The Factor" and elsewhere on Fox Cable, such as video of a woman bathing in the sun

She asked the older Mr. O'Reilly whether there was a " rampant mid-life crisis" going on with the male anchors on FOX.

"Czarina": "What's the purpose?"We don't care about coffee shop babes" (a bland, but clear, reference to a segment about a drive through coffee shop with hooter type cashiers in very short skirts that Fox Cable had been running regularly.

With Mr. O'Reilly taken aback, "Czarina" pressed her point, by inquiring why Mr. O'Reilly had done a segment on naked parties at Brown University and whether he thought the parties were a cultural phenomenon.

"Czarina"'s point: we don't need to see the naked bodies at the party or a bikini clad babe for a plastic surgery segment?

Mr. O'Reilly was speechless.

"Czarina" took advantage of that to scold Fox Cable's Neil Cavuto for the "Girls Gone Wild" segments on his show.

Mr. O'Reilly joked, "He's demented, " but "Czarina" was serious and the champion of severe punishment for child abusers was mortified by his guest's sharp, but sound, criticism.

With Mr. O'Reilly stunned, "Czarina" administered the coup de grace: she asked if he was a "T-Warrior" and when he eagerly affirmed that he was, she responded, "Then act like it!"

Enough said (hopefully).

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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