In the main, I appreciate Fox News Network. I only watch in the evenings, and I don't watch everyone. I think the 6:00 and 7:00 news programs are what they claim, fair and balanced, which is more than I can say for the network news programs I used to watch. I do not watch other cable news programs, but I do watch Fox. Starting at 8:00, however, with Bill O'Reilly, Fox News goes downhill for me.
I like Bill O'Reilly. Mostly. He seems honestly to enjoy his work, and I like that he has an array of guests whom he seems to take great delight in using as foils to make his points. My biggest problem with Bill O'Reilly is his continually referring to himself, his program, and his network - and, of course, his book - in the most glowing of terms. Or at all, for that matter. Do we have to hear every night that Fox News is drubbing the competition? That his show beats this or that cable or network news program by x to 1? Or that his book is yet another week on the best seller list of the New York Times (which he otherwise scorns and vilifies)?
It's difficult to sit through all this self-referential journalism, even though I think he does a pretty good job at most of his stories. I just wish he would take Solomon's advice and let another man praise him, and not his own mouth (Prov. 25.2). But I'm sure Mr. O'Reilly would answer by saying that others are praising him - x to 1 and so many weeks on the best seller list - and all he's doing is reporting the facts. Maybe so. But he chides President Obama and occasional members of Congress for being arrogant and unwilling to listen to other people's point of view. At the same time, Bill O'Reilly strikes me as so full of himself, so sure of himself on most - to be fair, most - issues, that there really isn't room on his program for anyone other than him and his views.
Mr. O'Reilly makes me hope I don't come across that way with others.
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