Heard the One About O'Reilly in Washington? You Can't

Riddle me this.

What is the sound Bill O'Reilly makes in Washington?

Answer: Nothing. (Radio SFX: Bird-Chirping)

Yesterday, Bill's Washington, D.C. radio station (WJFK,106.7 FM) dropped his show. (Radio SFX: Applause, applause)

That's right. The man who claims to be such a powerful force in America, is not heard on radio in the most powerful city in the world. (Cue: Steam's "Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-hey-hey-hey-goodbye!").

Funny, isn't it? Liberal talkers Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, Ed Schultz, and even substitute newbies, Elayne Boosler and Merill Markoe, can be heard in the Nation's capital, but BillO can't.

I'm sure on Monday when he returns from vacation - his, and ours from him - the No-Spinster, who is never shy about telling the Folks™ about the failure of liberal radio, will be telling them about his own.

Oh, if he does mention it he'll say that liberal talk isn't all that hot in Washington either. Of course, if I have my math right, "isn't hot" is a lot better than "not at all."

The one positive thing for Bill is that his radio show can't be boycotted in Washington. You can't boycott something that doesn't exist. (Warning: In some surrealistic world that might actually double-negative him right back into existence. Don't want to risk that)

Nice way to end the week, huh?

Steve Young, who can't be heard anywhere, is the author of "Great Failures of the Extremely Successful."