This man’s–a noun applied loosely–hubris is only surpassed by his mendacity. Both traits walk hand in hand in this story of his sorry behavior as a “journalist.” Every one of Billos’ charges of lying against those reporting on O’Really’s? suspect behavior uncannily mirrors that which has already been reported by Corn and others regarding O’Really’s? fabrications and lies. Everything. Watching his performance of cocksure outrage, fakery and spin convinces us that in his own hubristic defense of lying O’Really? appears to believe in the “truthiness” of all his dicey statements now under close review for veracity.
It’s as if he unconsciously knows that all the things he’s said about his accusers motivations & behaviors are exactly his motivations and behaviors. He denies the truth in his behavior & thinking (as brittle as they now appear) & projects them onto the “liberal” democrat (sic) mainstream press. Billo then angrily attacks them for the very traits to which he no longer consciously admits. It’s not only a shabby display of hubris it’s also a dramatized display of a paranoid personality who thrives on authoritarian behavior to vilify and call into question the veracity of “liberal” journalists who mostly toil in anonymity & the organizations for whom they report. Vilification: Billo’s miter.
He is right when he says that news reporters and organizations damage the body politic and our democratic republic, but not for the reasons he states so authoritatively. His lies fit the Fox format in that the lies serve his ever shrinking elderly cohort. He plays into the over-riding Fox theme: the mainstream press lies to you based upon the liberal agenda that you’d be fools to read or listen too. Painting himself, in this instance, as a Christian in the lion den of voracious liberal reporters and commentators feeds directly into the Fox trumped-up paranoia that shouts that the liberals aren’t only out to get O’Really?, they are out to get his elderly cohort, too. Parenthetically, but to the heart of my post, the very cohort whom he abuses with lies for manipulated results: his audience dutifully casting their votes for the lap dogs of the 1% who, like O’Really?, enjoy taxation benefits that will never accrue to his audience. His audience helps skin their own class to warm the bodies of Billo and the 1% never realizing that the owner class economic ends are not theirs.
“But I alone, Billo the Magnificent, with my microphone, wit and # 1 ratings stand between you, the Real Americans, and the murderous, lying cabal of liberals trying to shred our constitution to destroy our Exceptional Christian Nation. I alone, can protect you from the damnably corrosive lies of the “Democrat Party” and its commie fellow travelers.”
O’Really? and the fascist bloviators across the radio dial, have effectively infected listeners with the paranoia that begs the radical right’s goons to goose step across the Constitution in service of the listener’s salvation. Billos’ lies are not lies to The American Cohort, they are the Revelation of the commie symps and collectivists on the far left who fiendishly labor in secret to ban private property & the miracle of free markets for One World Government and the Trilateral Commission, and dedicated to the destruction of this “shinning city on a hill” populated by elderly authoritarian Christian fascists who brook no dissent but find themselves endangered nonetheless.
The childish world of Oz manipulated by the “charlatan behind the curtain” who’s built for them through projection, lies, innuendo and the adolescent bully boy tactics necessary to destroy any commie sympathizers of the Democrat (sic) Party only demands the sweet obeisance of his followers: e.g., like the organized worship of the Italians in the streets below exhorting El Duce to the dizzying heights of fascism.
Who is this strongman, this avatar of the reactionary fascist right? Yes, you guessed it, no one other than…drum roll crescendos over the reverential silence…no one other than the Exalted one, Billo O’Really?! He astride the center of the No Spine Zone stands against the hordes for them and them only.
Say hello to Billo O’Really?, creator & protector of the fascist world wherein citizens are not required to bend their backs to the work of participatory Democracy. In fact, the aggrieved voices of Fortress America bleating their persecution across the radio dial provide daily, hour upon hour the lies and fakery of the honeyed soporific rendering a drowsy trance among the authoritarian cult. In this state of reception, O’Really? exhorts them to willingly hand over–with the one exception of voting correctly–their democratic participation in of our government, give it over to the ruling class, to the American brand of Fortress Fascism.
He is a national menace.