Television’s biggest bully, Bill O’Reilly, is a man blessed with select skin tone and height. He knows how to use his genes to his advantage. He knows how to commandeer a television interview by way of his height and whiteness. Using these genes as a crutch, he’s mastered the art of bullying over the years. So we weren’t surprised when O’Reilly bullied NYT exec editor Bill Keller. Among other things, he accuses Keller of living in a dream world.
Before he was the field’s biggest bully, however, he was a victim.
We at Insider Monkey would like to remind you of a time when Bill O’Reilly lived in a dream world. O’Reilly was a broadcast journalist whose height and skin didn’t cut it at CBS back in the day. Of course, he didn’t deserve this, since he’s tall and white and middle class. He not only lived in a dream world, he thought everyone should know his brilliant thoughts. He actually went as far as articulating his dream world into a piece of fiction (or fantasy, or forecast; we at Insider Monkey do not know for sure), in which a broadcast reporter goes on a revenge killing spree. Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television is a great read in that it provides more information about O’Reilly than any television interview with him we’ve ever seen. Although Nicholas Lemann does a brilliant job of boiling O’Reilly down.