O’Reilly does his best Monica impression

Brave Sir William is practically in tears:

As a CBS News correspondent in the early ’80s, I worked with Rather and have known him for more than 20 years. Listen to me: There is no way on this Earth that he would have knowingly used fake documents on any story.

It may be true that Rather did not vet the information supplied to him by producers, but few anchor people do. They are dependent on other journalists, and this is a huge flaw in the system.

Dan Rather is guilty of not being skeptical enough about a story that was politically loaded. I believe Rather, along with Andy Rooney, Walter Cronkite and other guardsmen of the old CBS News, is liberal in his thinking. That is certainly a legitimate debate – how for years CBS News has taken a rather progressive outlook. But holding a political point of view is the right of every American, and it does not entitle people to practice character assassination or deny the presumption of innocence. Dan Rather was slimed. It was disgraceful.

This is so wildly full of equine detritus that it almost made me laugh out loud. Bill may believe Dan is “liberal in his thinking” but Dan, on the other hand, denies, denies, denies it. He is mainstream. The documents are real. And that CBS report will be out any day now.

You can’t slime someone when you are speaking the truth about them. Hey Freaky Factor, what’s the frequency?

Bill’s real bitch is that in the Information Age, everyday men and women can finally call the rich and powerful media magnates on their hypocrisy and prevent them from hiding what Epictetus called “the darkness inside”. We all have it to some extent, but blowhards like Dan and Brave Sir Bill have made a career out of pretending they don’t.

You vill vatch zee propaganda

Since the advent of the VCR, and with the arrival of DVD players, those who want to get to the movie have been free to skip past the coming attractions. The entertainment industry, however, is exerting pressure in Congress with the hope of making it impossible to skip past previews and advertisements at the opening of DVDs. Legislative language that would have done just that — make it illegal for DVDs to allow fast-forwarding — was struck at the last minute from a copyright bill that passed the Senate late Nov. 20.

Abandon all hope, Republicans, if your Republican House, Senate and President go for this one. You cannot possibly claim that the Republican Party supports constitutional or small government if its politicians are willing to exert legal force to make people watch what they don’t want to watch in the privacy of their own homes.

What’s next, video game makers forcing people to play their games? Keen observers will note that this fascist action by the MPAA explodes the notion of the inherently “conservative” corporation.