FOX News talking head Bill O’Reilly believes that The Interwebz is the real reason why Romney keeps dropping in polls. See? It definitely has nothing to do with Romney constantly insulting everyone (except the überwealthy) and Romney flip-flopping on every political issue, or Romney being about as appealing as a bowl of two-day-old leftover grits.
Here’s the video:
The Internets, O’Reilly believes, makes everyone too “dumbed down” to grasp the intricacies of political issues and current events.
Bill O’Reilly: They’re texting, whatever they’re doing. They don’t have time to read, they don’t have time to watch news programs, they don’t have time to do anything. They catch little things here and there. But I’m thinking that maybe the electorate in America is so dumbed down now…by the Internet, that’s all they do now.
Laura Ingraham: I think you’re onto something. Very much so. [Voters only pay attention to] pop culture moments [rather than the] really, really serious problems facing America.
Darn you, Internets! Get off Bill’s lawn! Of course, Bill O’Reilly’s understanding of How Things Work is a bit suspect. This is the same fellow who did not grasp how tides work (his theory:
A Wizard God Did It).
In January 2011, O’Reilly interviewed American Atheists president Dave Silverman on The O’Reilly Factor about some billboards American Atheists had put up to advertise the argument that all religions were scams. Silverman asked O’Reilly how he would prove that God existed and O’Reilly said that he knew God was real because the tide goes in and out on a regular basis without fail, and, in his opinion, that was a feat that required divine intervention.
Bill O’Reilly: I’ll tell you why [religion is] not a scam, in my opinion. Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.
Dave Silverman: Tide goes in, tide goes out?
So, while O’Reilly believes that the Internet is making people too stupid to grok politics, I suspect that there is a different explanation. It has not escaped my notice that O’Reilly likes to pretend that FOX News has not been cited, in survey after survey, as having viewers who are more misinformed than people who don’t watch any news at all.
As for the all-important How Do Tides Work issue: after issuing the following brief rebuttal, God could not be reached for further comment.
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