Bill O’Reilly: Barbarity On CBS Primetime

TV O'REILLY discusses mma on prime time

Tonight on Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor” Bill O’Reilly discussed the introduction of mixed martial arts to primetime television. O’Reilly guests included journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bernard Goldberg and Jane Hall, a communications professor at American University.

“The’re going to bring in this brutal thing” said O’Reilly “It is brutal, people got to understand this”

“You got a primetime show where your gonna have two guys get into a ring and kick and gouge and punch and make each other bleed”

“Bill Paley, the man who founded CBS is turning over in his grave about now” Said guest Bernard Goldberg “He had standards”.

Jane Hall, “I think its a terrible idea and there is no redeeming social value”

EliteXC will air its landmark CBS broadcast fights “Saturday Night Fights” on May 31 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Headlining the card is street fighter Kimbo Slice against former Pride fighter James Thompson.

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  1. derek

    April 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    i like how bill o'reily brought in the two people who know the least about MMA to discuss the validity of MMA today — bernard goldberg & jane hall.

  2. Aaron

    April 10, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Funny this guy supports a war that has ended in hundreds of thousands of deaths, but gets upset of over two guys competing against each other. I'd like to see him fight Geraldo. I take Geraldo by gogoplata.

  3. derek

    April 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    sholdn't bill o'reily be in jail by now for sexual harrassment and sexual advancement of one of his interns?

  4. erik

    April 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Larry King vs. Bill O'Reily for the oldest dumbass of the century

  5. Rhiana

    April 11, 2008 at 2:50 am

    You just can't fix stupid – Poor Bill.

  6. kom34

    April 11, 2008 at 5:15 am

    i can't even watch this because this guy is such a hypocrite. i take geraldo in the fight for the same reason i took torrez in the WEC. you have to be a bad ass to sport a mullet and you have to be a bad ass to sport the full mustasche.

  7. luke

    April 11, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I dont like how they portray this sport. I remember Bill saying 'this isn't world wrestling', now i know wrestling is staged but some of the things that go on in pro wrestling would never be aired on these networks but other established networks like USA show the blood and violence that pro wrestling brings.

    Nobody tries to ban judo, boxing, wrestling, jui jitsu, kickboxing, or karate, so why is this such a big deal?

  8. Jack

    June 6, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Face it, Bill is right. I don't see a great arguement refuting his position above. This is Rome all over again. Anyone that likes this trash needs to have their head examined. Look at the influence it has on kids…do you realize they're starting this with some as young as 6 years old? Supporters of this "sport" ought to be embarrased…can't they think of something more constructive or meaningful to do with their time? Terrible thing is someone will eventually be seriously injured or killed on TV – what kind of a sport is that. If that does happen, I hope the CBS 'executives' and everyone that has benefitted from this sick sport gets what due to them.

  9. Achilles

    June 6, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Jack, sorry man but you're a tad off. Boxing was shown on ABC for years back before they realized they can make more money off it by having it on pay per view. I boxed amature for years before damaging my left hand very bad and played college and high school football. DANA WHITE says it best that there isn't too many sports more violent than the NFL. Overgrown monsters crashing into to each other like human car accidents. More atheletes get injured in the NFL National televised games than any other sprort. The only difference is that they don'y wear pads (just cups and 4oz gloves). How can MMA be worse than all the war highlights, crimes, and animal attacks that are shown on the news. The great thing about MMA like any other sport . These guys can hug and shake hands afterwards.

  10. Achilles

    June 6, 2008 at 4:33 am

    And another thing those who start MMA (or any other sport) before the age of 10 and continue it up when they're adults are less prone to get into fights and wind up being the star athletes that we all watch on TV.

  11. Jack

    June 18, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Achilles…you are obviously correct that athletes get injured in other sports but, with the exception of boxing, the objective of the other sports isn't to injure your opponent (I'm not a fan of boxing either). The arguement that other violence (war, crimes, animal attacks) is shown on TV so MMA violence is OK doesn't hold water either – in those cases the intent of airing the violence is to inform, not for the bloodthirst enjoyment of the audience. Agreed, there are sicko's that probably watch the news with that in mind but I don't think you can avoid that. Also agreed that the media is sometimes irresponsible at airs footage for the shock value but that's the exception not the norm. The entire MMA broadcast promotes violence which kids in their formative years don't need to see – it's really nothing but a human cockfight. Not sure if you've done any homework on this but the incidence of adolescent violent crime has skyrocketed since the 50's and closely tracks media expansion (mainly TV)…it desensitizes kids and with the ever worsening levels of parental supervision there is nothing to reign them in and help them understand what is acceptable behavior.

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