Tuesday, November 15, 2011

O'Reilly book: We report, you decide

UPDATE ON O'Reilly/Lincoln book:

It is now being reported that while the Ford's Theatre Museum in the basement is not carrying the book, the separately operated Ford Theatre Society's gift shop upstairs is selling the book. The Museum is operated by the National Park Service, which was critical of the inaccuracies in the book and banned the O'Reilly version of Lincoln's assassination. However, the Society was not averse to cashing in on the book, which is a best -seller. The Society's director, Paul R. Tetreault, explained: "While we understand the National Park Service's concerns, we decided to let our visitors judge the book themselves." That pathetic concession probably was driven by two things: Conservative rage by O'Reilly's allies, and the Society's interest in making a profit, historical accuracy be damned. It's the world we live in, folks.


Mencken said...

A rather poor decision by Mr. Tetreault, but O'Reilly's book shouldn't clash too much with the Capitol Snow Globe, the Civil War Shot Glass, or Chocolate Cannonballs and Edible Jellybean Bullets also offered in the gift shop. And don't forget to pick up a pair of Men's Patriotic Boxer Shorts for $ 19.99 which resemble an American flag. I'm guessing you provide your own pole.

Mencken said...

Of the 1,373 reviews of O'Reilly's Lincoln book on Amazon, 952 people rated the book 2 stars or less.

These people must be " forces of darkness ” that Bill says are attacking his book.

JLM said...

With the holiday season upon us, the energy spent by the "forces of darkness" attacking Billo's tome might considerably weaken their efforts in their annual "War on Christmas".

How gallant of Bill to sacrifice himself for the cause.

David Hess said...

O'Reilly has long been a blustering bully whose grasp of facts is tailored to his biases. He personifies the definition of a person who never lets the facts stand in the way of a narrative. One might have thought that his formal education in history would have trained him to adhere to the empirical evidence that serves as the foundation of historical scholarship. Like his conservative heroes on the Supreme Court, Bill is, alas, a revisionist, fitting the facts to predisposition.