What’s hate got to do with it?

Posted on October 21, 2005 

What’s hate got to do with it?

In a corner office high over 47th Street in Manhattan, Bill O’Reilly stretches out behind a medium-sized desk that seems like a medieval fortress. Those papers piled high in the corners? Battlements. The pens, pencils and letter openers? Pikes, longbows and spiked flails.

The computer where O’Reilly had just filed his newspaper column moments earlier? Let’s call that a drawbridge beyond which an angry mob has assembled. Google the words “Bill O’Reilly” and 6.5 million hits instantly appear. The first two are the flame-throwing newsman’s own Web sites, but those are followed by the seething mass of obsessive O’Reilly haters who would love nothing better than to reach through the screen and throttle the tall, wan, rich, famous/infamous fellow on the other side.

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