Ugh, he’s just so bad. The really uncomfortable thing is that even though a great many people understand that he’s a fookin’ loon, there’s a whole lotta people who believe he’s balanced and objective. Like my mother in law. After listening to her spew crazy talk for weeks about how the entire Internet is not to be trusted and yammering on about leftist bloggers (for the record, she’s never seen the Internet or read a blog), Mr. Athena finally asked her just what news she likes, since all the news he and I read (NY Times, Wall St. Journal, the Economist, etc. etc.) were suspect because they are either “bleeding heart liberals” or on the Internet (which invalidates them automatically), her answer was… “Bill O’Reilly.”
It boggles the mind. I feel bad I’m marginally related to her; Mr. Athena is downright embarrassed to share blood with her. The only thing that I take comfort in is that she’s too damn lazy to go register to vote.
It’s really too bad. She’s not a stupid person, but for whatever reason she clings to people like O’Reilly. I can understand having opposing viewpoints… I think I can see why some people are conservative even though I’m liberal, I don’t think they’re nuts for having different views than me. But I cannot, for the life of me, understand believing a yahoo like O’Reilly.