Bill O’Reilly Talks Video Games and Violence and Ends Up Being Somewhat Reasonable About It All

Kotaku - Bill O'Reilly has made a great living as Fox News Channel's national scold for the past 15 years, with video games among many targets in his campaign of cultural warfare. So at the beginning of this segment on his program last night, when he smugly diagnoses Adam Lanza, the Newtown, Conn. shooter, as a violent video game addict—"How did I know that? One look at the guy,"—most folks would think they know where he's headed.

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Irishguy951982d ago

O Reilly being reasonable? I'm shocked and appalled

Yi-Long1982d ago

.... there's no other explanation!

playnextgames1982d ago

News Corp owns IGN and other game sites. They aren't going to bite the hand that's feeding them.

guitarded771982d ago

Bill O Reilly is a tool bag... now I'm starting to think video games are the reason for violence in the world.

GribbleGrunger1981d ago (Edited 1981d ago )

Fox news is streamed on LIVE ... is it that difficult to understand why he's suddenly being reasonable?

rainslacker1981d ago

Maybe it really is the end of the world....Seriously though, O'Reilly isn't always an right wing lunatic. He quite often makes good points, he just gets called out more on some of the more questionable statements he makes.

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-Mezzo-1982d ago

I don't want to listen to this guy at all, Good or Bad.

He's easily the biggest [email protected]@ on Television.

( Apologies To Anyone Who Got Offended )

The Meerkat1982d ago

Look upon his show as a comedy and he's quite funny.

His debate with John Stewart was great.

cpayne931982d ago (Edited 1982d ago )

He does make an entertaining show, its just aggravating when he pushes people around.

Edit: Watched it and O'Reilly is really reasonable about it. Used a very common sense approach.

KangarooSam1982d ago (Edited 1982d ago )

You talkin smack about papa bear?

On topic: I don't really watch the show. But yeah, video games don't cause mass murders in my eyes.

GreenRanger1982d ago (Edited 1982d ago )

Games never made anyone kill people.
Adam Lanza was a lunatic, ffs.
Why do the media always overlook the killers mental problems and focus more on what game he/she might have been playing?

TheoreticalParticle1981d ago

Because thinking, "He was a nutjob, there could be hundreds of other nutjobs out there that we can't do anything about" doesn't let them sleep any easier.

They need to lash out at something, something needs to take the blame, and that thing needs to be something that they don't do. Because fuck it if they're changing THEIR lives for something some wacko did.

So they target games.

mav8051982d ago (Edited 1982d ago )

While I don't care for how O'Reilly goes about saying certain things, he's almost always reasonable about whatever topic he happens to be discussing.

That's actually one of the things I dislike about his show, that he actually does play devil's advocate so that his show IS balanced and so that both sides are heard, I'd rather him just have a position and state it.

As far the article itself, it's an idiotic and contrived piece that shows the writer's obvious bias.

Bimkoblerutso1982d ago

I couldn't disagree more. Shows like that should be wholly objective. The point is to present the facts and let people form their own opinions, not to present a one-sided debate. That helps no one. That's why people "champion" jackasses like Bill Maher and Glenn Beck.

An opinion tends to automatically sound "right" when it's just some dude given a podium to preach to his congregation.

rainslacker1981d ago

Bill Maher at least gives equal time to all his guests, but it is his show and people obviously tune in to see what he has to say about topics. I've never known Glenn Beck to give anyone any time, and more often than not he would completely ignore counter-points. In the end they are both entertainers. Do you really believe Glenn Beck believes all the nonsense he spews? At least Maher has conviction and stands by what he says and will admit when he's wrong.

My only problem with O'Reilly is that he really has no conviction behind the things he says, likely because he's only saying them because of his network. But he does give equal time to his guests, and yes he does sometimes bully them.

amiga-man1982d ago (Edited 1982d ago )

Fox news is a joke literally, good for a laugh but should never be taken seriously, Mav I'm sorry but he is anything but balanced, his agenda is there for anyone who cares to look.

I Live in England and watched Fox in all innocence to see what the Americans were saying about the election result, Fox had some election thing going on so I chose them, Instead of news I heard propaganda and was shocked news could be presented in such an obviously biased way, did I leave feeling better informed NO I left angry and disapointed.

Monkeycan81982d ago

whats that have to do with this?

coolbeans1982d ago

Although I personally can't speak for what Fox News has done THIS election year, they were graphed as the fairest at giving McCain and Obama positive/negative press.

Fel081982d ago

Riiiight. Cause everyone other news channel is so balanced and fair. Tune in to MSNBC next time.

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amiga-man1981d ago (Edited 1981d ago )

I find it amazing how posters are defending Fox by saying other networks are worse, thats not a defence thats a sad indictment of american news networks where bias is accepted as the norm, that isn't news it's propaganda, whether it's Fox or anyone else it is not how democracy should work.

LAZL0-Panaflex1981d ago

Still mad about the American revolution??

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