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Are youuu ready to RUM-BULLLLLL!  Dawkins meets O’Reilly tonight

April 23, 2007

8:00 PM EST, Richard Dawkins will be on The Factor.  I can’t imagine why he wants to enter the So-Spin Zone so O’Reilly can cut him off, misquote him, and probably blame him for the VT shootings, but it should be quite a spectacle.  Hope it goes on YouTube because I won’t be near a TV this evening.

UPDATE: and here’s the transcript

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  1. zilch
    April 24, 2007 at 08:20 | #1

    and here’s the YouTube video.

    Not likely to convert anyone either way, imho. While both were relatively polite and lowkey, O’Reilly talked a lot more than Dawkins (predictably) and came across as more folksy and less logical.  But four minutes was not really enough time for either of them to get up to speed.

  2. April 24, 2007 at 09:48 | #2

    Damn!  Zilch beat me to it…

    Not very juicy which is impressive for any guest on the O’Reilly show, let alone an atheist.  But I agree with Zilch, O’Reilly did do most of the talking which is too bad because Dawkins is a very intelligent individual with a lot of interesting ideas.

    But as one could guess Billy boy pulled out the whole Hitler, Mao, Stalling, etc… were atheist, so of course morality and atheism are combined into one lump sum.  But Bill slyly put this at the very end which did not give Dawkins a chance for a reply.  Another “NO SPIN ZONE” Bulls*** tactic.

  3. negativechris
    April 24, 2007 at 12:39 | #3

    It didn’t take long for Bill to pull out both the Hitler card and the founding fathers card.  Not surprising, of course. 

    I might have even expected him to start off the interview with “So, Mr. Dawkins, isn’t it true that Hitler and Stalin were atheists while the founding fathers of this great country were Christians?”

  4. April 24, 2007 at 13:40 | #4

    I actually think O’Reilly was smart in the way he did it.  By waiting till the very end, he knew that Dawkins wouldn’t have the time to defend himself, making it appear as if O’Reilly is correct with his assertion.

  5. April 25, 2007 at 15:42 | #5

    I’m surprised Dawkins agreed to go on the Factor. I suppose he did it at his publisher’s request to sell books, and it probably did sell some.  Yet,  looking for a decent conversation on the Factor is a bit like looking for water in the desert.

  6. April 26, 2007 at 20:42 | #6

    O’Reilly was really tame in this one. Dawkins as well. I was hoping for bare knuckles.

  7. alex
    June 19, 2007 at 15:27 | #7

    Wow, what an exhibition of bluster and insecurity by O’Reilly.  The mind of a child in the guise of a grownup.

  8. July 10, 2007 at 00:58 | #8

    Maybe next time O’Reilly will pull out the atheist “problem of semantics” right after the “then you can’t be moral” objection. :)

    For a chuckle here is my version of the problem of semantics:

  9. July 10, 2007 at 07:23 | #9

    Alex: “Wow, what an exhibition of bluster and insecurity by O‚ÄôReilly.  The mind of a child in the guise of a grownup.

    A pretty thin (dis)guise, though ;-)   I see O’Reilly all the time at the gym and he throws tantrums a lot. 

    ThadGuy – LOL!  But Athena will be angry with you…

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