In My Opinion, Bill O’Reilly is a Cowardly Manchild Who Has Impure Thoughts About Mideastern Food. In My Opinion.

I feel bad for the guy, really. His whole shtick is Moral Outrage (note the capitals), but it’s outrage over petty stuff. I would love for him to aim his Outrage at environmental rape, unfair drug laws, and the sheer incompetance of the Bush Administration, but I’d also love for the Wish Fairy to knock on my door and say, “Hi, Adam, here’s a pony and a Red Ryder BB Gun and the recipe for a green salsa that will grant you wisdom, immortality and the potency of a rhinoceros, plus it goes great with fish,” but I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting that visit from the Fairy first. It’s tough to be Outraged over Important Things, as it makes for bad television and bad syndicated columns. Mr. O’Reilly knows on which side his bread is buttered.

So, that means getting Outraged over the coarsening of American culture, the diminishing of Christian dominance, and Buster the Bunny. They’re big, fat targets, and the outcome is win-win for everyone: the target gets exposure, Mr. O’Reilly gets his Outrage on, and the Republic stands. However, when one runs out of easy targets, that means one has to start digging. Hence, being Outraged when someone makes a perfectly legal link to his Outrage. “How dare they expose my Outrage to the unwashed, non-Fox News watching masses!” the man must have screamed when someone at Newshounds linked to his column. Granted, I agree with his first bit of umbrage: Newshounds posted the full text of the article without permission, and that’s not cool. If someone posted an entire something I wrote without my permission, I’d be a little miffed, too. Courtesy, people, courtesy.

However, if someone linked to that something, even if that someone were a scum-sucking troglodyte from the slime-pits of Hell (or the Hollywood Hills, whichever), I couldn’t do jack-all squat. Linking does not violate copyright. Which is why I join the Newshounds in giving boys at Legal over at Fox News a great, big middle finger o’ freedom.