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Paul Waldman: O'Reilly Not Going Anywhere, You Far-Left Pinheads

This image released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television shows host Katie Couric, left, with TV commentator Bill O'Reilly on "Ka
This image released by Disney-ABC Domestic Television shows host Katie Couric, left, with TV commentator Bill O'Reilly on "Katie," Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 in New York. O'Reilly spoke about Tuesday's presidential debate during a visit to promote his new book, "Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot." (AP Photo/Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Ida Astute)

Bill O'Reilly suffers from the same malady as Brian Williams: a tendency to embellish stories of the dangers and horrors he has faced as a journalist (though in O'Reilly's case, his career as a journalist was brief, before he discovered his true calling). They may have had a slightly different motivation; my interpretation of Williams' tall-tale-telling is that he wanted to portray himself as heroically journalistic, in the center of the action, bringing people the most important news of the moment. I suspect that for O'Reilly, on the other hand, it's more of a macho thing—he's as tough as anyone, and if you doubt it he'll shout you down like the pinhead you are.

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