Karoz wrote: While I understand and fully welcome the idea of calling out O'Reilly and others' comments as being incorrect, I certainly don't think that they deserved to be called "d0uch3s" or "jackasses" just for voicing their opinions.
I do agree that O'Reilly should stop suggesting that his show is a "no spin" zone, though.
He's called a "d0uch3" and a "jackass" not because of his opinions, but because of the hateful, intolerant and patronizing way he expresses them. I take it you you agree with a lot of his opinions considering you watch him, right? Is anybody here calling you a "d0uch3" or a "jackass"?
Even though I agree with some of his stances, I personally think people like him are largely responsible for the division in this country. Tolerance and compromise... what's that?
Usually, I only find myself agreeing with Mr. O'Reilly occasionally. I watch the show to see a debate, at least the best attempt at one you can find on television.
The reason for the namecalling is up for interpretation I suppose. The way that I perceived it, at least in this thread, is that people have an initial dislike of him due to his views, then overmagnify the way that he gets his statements across, and try to use that as an excuse for calling him those aforementioned names.
I haven't been the target of any namecalling as of yet because of the quality of the community. The posters in this thread have proven that they can hold a politically based discussion without attacking their fellow debators. That is an excellent characteristic, as a lot of people can't hold a political debate without resorting to animal like behavior almost immediately. However, just because someone has acted in a civil nature towards the fellow posters doesn't mean that they are above the art of taking shots at well-known political figures. O'Reilly is a polarizing figure that is associated with one particular party. Some people seem to have no problem taking shots at individuals such as that. I'm not saying that I would be above such behavior if I were to ever find myself involved in a debate regarding someone that I had an extreme dislike for. However, I would certainly try to shy away from namecalling, as the targeted individual definitely wouldn't deserve it.
The country is divided politically, with people on both sides perpetuating several extreme views on their outermost edges. Tolerance and compromise is great, but we will never see it anywhere near politics. It's kind of like haggling to buy a car, if you want to pay a slightly lower price, then you offer the dealer an extremely low price, so that maybe he'll settle and sell it to you for the slightly lower price. He might even throw in a set of free tires. However, if you were to go in there and ask for a slightly lower price to begin with, then he would probably only settle on an average price with no added benefits. Basically, in the case of our two main political parties, the dealer is asking for an unreasonably high price and the buyer is asking for an unreasonably low price. Neither one is willing to budge.
If side one takes the first step and compromise a few of its positions, and side two doesn't follow suit, then side one will lose a few of its bargaining weapons in its political arsenal.