Robert Reich Desperately Trying to get Bill O’Reilly to Notice Him


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“He called me a Communist! A Communist!”

Who is Robert Reich, you’re probably wondering. He was the Labor Secretary under Bill Clinton. And since then he’s written a bunch of books that no one has read.

He has a new movie  “Inequality for All,” which again you’ve probably never heard of, from the director of Haiku Tunnel, which you’ve never heard of either.

His book, “Beyond Outrage,” which you’ve never read and which isn’t exactly burning up the bookshelves.

Reich’s economical solution is to try and stir up a feud with Bill O’Reilly to sell some of his product. Reich’s pretext for that was complaining that O’Reilly had once, jokingly or seriously, called him a Communist who adores Karl Marx.

In April, Robert Reich wrote a piece titled, “Why Anyone Should Care that Bill O’Reilly Calls Me A Communist”. The question answers itself. If you need to headline a piece that way, no one does.

And to make his motives even more obvious, Reich finished with a demand that Bill O’Reilly have him on his show and the hashtag for his book, Get #BeyondOutrage.

It was a pathetic performance that only got more pathetic as the months passed and Bill O’Reilly did not invite Robert Reich on his show.

So Reich wrote a New York Times op-ed about the time someone in an airport supposedly called him a Communist… accused Bill O’Reilly of channeling the nation’s bile and followed that up with another post urging all four of his readers to email Bill O’Reilly to let Reich get a taste of that bile by being on his show.

Yet O’Reilly refuses to have me on his show to debate any of this — either his initial charge I’m a Communist, or his indignation that I mentioned it in last weekend’s op-ed. When he first claimed I was a Communist I challenged him to a debate — a civil debate. He refused. He still refuses. He won’t even debate the topic of my op-ed — the increasing shrillness and divisiveness of Fox News and other media outlets, which are only adding to the vitriol of American politics.

Why won’t O’Reilly debate me? What’s he afraid of?

Poor Bob. He’s like the guy that no one wants to invite not to testify in front of HUAC.

Who knows what Bill O’Reilly is afraid of. Maybe he’s frightened by Communist leprechauns. But we know what Robert Reich is afraid of. Not being paid attention to.

  • Veracious_one

    it’s true…leftist liberals and possible communists are media whores..

    • ziggy zoggy

      And they’re hung like Vietnamese field mice.

      • truebearing

        Now let’s not disparage the Vietnamese field mice, you mice-ist!

      • Gee

        And you would know how? Oh wait forget that – I really do not want to know

  • glpage

    Reich should be careful what he wishes for. I’m not a big fan of O’Reilly, but I don’t think Reich is a match for him.

    • ziggy zoggy

      A match for a leprechaun, maybe.

  • ziggy zoggy

    “Oompa, loompa, doopity do.” Reich needs to go home to Willy Wonka. The only thing more ridiculous than his Nazi name is the fact that he’s only three feet tall.

  • Seek

    I oppose Robert Reich on most issues myself, but this column is way over the top.
    For one thing, the author gets it wrong in claiming Reich has written books that “no one has read.” The unfortunate reality is that his books HAVE sold a lot. That’s a major reason why he got the job as Labor Secretary in the first place.
    Second, O’Reilly called Reich a “Communist.” Whether seriously or jokingly (I strongly suspect the former), that was a cheap shot by any measure. It’s a perfectly fair question on Robert Reich’s part: Why won’t O’Reilly back up the charge face to face? Reich is a major media figure. He’s been profiled on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” He doesn’t need the publicity. He already was a public figure even before Clinton became president. He’s simply issuing a challenge.
    Being on the Right, and in the right, doesn’t exempt one from showing some class. O’Reilly is highly deficient that department.

    • ziggy zoggy

      “A major media figure?” Snort! Tee hee! The little midget needs a ladder just to sit on the toilet! “Oompa, loompa, doopity do, I’ve got another puzzle for you!” I think O’Reilly accidentally stepped on him.

  • Aizino Smith

    Story is to funny & pathetic

    LMAO

  • truebearing

    “Maybe he’s frightened by Communist leprechauns.”

    LOL!! Perfect.

    I’m frightened of all of the mutants who adhere to communism, short, bearded, or large-eared.

  • Gee

    Well he is a dumbacrat

  • tanstaafl

    Reich needs a step stool to get anyone’s attention……

  • Well Done

    An academic institute – SFU, to be specific – has invited Robert Reich up to Vancouver, billing it as – get this – “An Evening with Robert Reich, one of the world’s leading thinkers about work and the economy.” I kid you not. There can be no wondering where and why Western civilization went wrong.

  • Inane Rambler

    He was of course Labor Secretary, which means his actual influence was nil.