Update: Bill O'Reilly attacks Colorado over Jessica's Law -- but not over pot

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Bill O'Reilly.
Update: Yesterday, we talked with KNUS yakker Peter Boyles, who said he'd been contacted by a producer for Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly about appearing on a Wednesday night broadcast about Colorado -- but when Boyles said he favored pot legalization, the producer became markedly less enthusiastic and later hung up on the host. (See our previous coverage below.) So...what actually aired last night? We watched so you didn't have to, and both Colorado and pot appeared -- but not together.

The Fox News producer initially felt Boyles out on the topic of Jessica's Law, an O'Reilly cause that calls for long mandatory-minimum sentences for anyone convicted of molesting a child age twelve or under. And indeed, Colorado and Jessica's Law were paired in a segment called "Did You See That?"

Rather than quizzing someone on the ground in our fair state, O'Reilly chatted with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, who said that Colorado is one of just five states that hasn't passed Jessica's Law, and an ongoing attempt by Republican legislators to do so is doomed, since Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino has sent it to the so-called "kill committee" -- Veterans and Military Affairs -- so that his fellow Democrats can crush it. O'Reilly expressed exasperation, maintaining that Colorado has a record of giving sex assaulters shockingly inadequate sentences -- as low as two years, he claimed, without offering an example. Along the way, photos of the Dems on the Veterans and Military Affairs committee members were flashed on the screen, so Fox News viewers could look upon them with enmity.

Then, in a segue with all the subtlety of a tsunami, O'Reilly and MacCallum chuckled about packs of Chihuahuas reportedly creating havoc in an Arizona town. From child molestation to cute dog story in two seconds or less.

When it came to pot, however, Colorado was left on the sidelines. Instead, O'Reilly interviewed Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen, who's introduced legislation calling on the federal government to study the effects of marijuana, among other things. To say O'Reilly didn't offer his personal endorsement is an understatement.

Here's our previous coverage.

Original post, 11:46 a.m. February 26: Bill O'Reilly is known for trumpeting his willingness to engage anyone, anytime on the field of intellectual combat. But is he really more interested in chatting with people who simply reinforce his views, thereby turning alleged debates into echo chambers? No surprise that KNUS talk-show host Peter Boyles has an opinion about that -- one based what he characterizes as on a retracted invitation to appear on O'Reilly's show tonight, when the Fox News star may or may not be launching an attack on Colorado's marijuana laws.

Yesterday, according to Boyles, Casey Bloyer, his producer, was contacted by someone who identified himself as an O'Reilly producer. The reason for the call: O'Reilly planned to highlight Colorado on the February 26 broadcast of his signature O'Reilly Factor program and was interested in having Boyles weigh in.

When Boyles got on the line, he says the producer "started talking about how Mr. O'Reilly was concerned that Colorado doesn't have a Jessica's Law," which sets hefty mandatory-minimum sentences for assorted sex crimes against victims under twelve -- one of O'Reilly's favorite causes. "But then he started talking about the legalization of marijuana and what I thought about it.

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A Peter Boyles graphic introducing him to the KNUS audience.
"I told him that even though I've got 29 years of sobriety, I voted to legalize it," Boyles goes on. "I went through the whole thing about the rise of [alcohol] prohibition and the rise of the gangs, and then I talked about the gangs today, and how they're the exact model of prohibition-era gangs, except even more brutal. And I said I thought marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol. For me, my gateway drug was alcohol."

After sharing these views, the producer suddenly "started talking about how they were thinking about doing another segment next week," notes Boyles, who quickly read between the lines. "I said to him, 'Have the balls to tell me I'm not going to be on the show now because I don't agree with Bill O'Reilly about marijuana.'"

Instead, the producer tried to turn the conversation back to a segment for next week. That didn't go over well with Boyles: "I said, 'Don't hand me that bullshit. You tell that fake Irishman...' and that was about as far as I got when he clicked off."

Boyles' conclusion? "My contention is that he wants an ass-kisser and a lap-sitter. In other words, we tolerate no dissent. Which is exactly what they accuse the mainstream media of doing."

No telling if O'Reilly's program this evening will feature Colorado -- or if his guests will include someone who'll dutifully attack marijuana legalization. The curious will have to tune in to find out.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Follow That Story archive circa December 2011: "Tim Tebow and Fox News: Bill O'Reilly, Steve Doocy fighting 'War on Tebow'?"

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fritztblah
fritztblah

Michael,

When Patricia says "Do Peters Thing" do you wonder what you've done to piss her off? Or does it go down something like this? Mike - dad's impacted again, Dr. Julie's tied up in court with the malpractice thingy and Alan did it last.. . Just say screw it, brace yourself for the ego shitstorm, and promise yourself a beer for every "having said that.." you endure until the gaping anus - maw Boyles shuts up and lays down to watch "Cops".

Don't get me wrong.. I'm all in for Ist Amendment (The 2nd protects it!), Bakers For Jesus, Jerome Corsi Book Club (He has a PHD.), Tommy's creepy pedder-like giggle, and one that "your" Denver Post won't touch.. There Is No Race Called Orwellian! Ahh, dudn't matter.. African / Orwellian - point is, Progressive Mindset an.. "back to the phones..Bob! Good morning, I like your name!". 

Well.. nhha.. I mean, so Michael, don't keep asking yourself "So, what are we watching happen?". This is good stuff! Tell Patti to hustle down to the pawn shop er.. jeweler Peter promo's, hock some of those 24 hour chips Peter leaves lying around the office, and spend the dough on getting Kenny back to give the old man his well earned spot in a comic book. Just stop "doing with it as you will" and make me laugh. OK? Thanks.

montanarose
montanarose

To me, the funniest part of this story was the following a.m. when Boyles had John Stossel on as a guest, ostensibly to discuss CO's new marijuana laws (Stossel is an ardent Libertarian who's pro-legalization of most drugs). Boyles wasted 10 minutes or more trying to draw Stossel into his mini-drama with O'Reilly, even playing the taped phone call and trying to get Stossel to opine about it. Stossel, to his credit, seemed uninterested and somewhat nonplussed by the whole thing; I could just picture him scratching his head and thinking "WTF is this all about?" Stossel probably couldn't care less about this local yokel's obsession with "Mr. O," as Boyles likes to call him (at least when he's not calling him a "fake Irishman").

Pamela Bodensieck
Pamela Bodensieck

Hickendooper needs what happening to ppl around him to grip on what he did to this state he don't like pot cuz hes a drunk guess what our pot gonna bail this state out debt while your alcohol is gonna do what?

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

The only reason this jackoff is relevant, is because we let him be.....Who cares what he thinks?

seanmilano
seanmilano

I agree Colorado is way to lenient on sex offenders.  There's tons of them living among you, look it up.  

Lawrence Ferguson
Lawrence Ferguson

May be he should look at all the pedifile cops .teachers and ect being given guns and u suported its u fucktard dick

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Two "on air" personalities I detest. If only they'd managed to get each other kicked off the air….

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

He'll probably have that FAKE Psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow to come on and make shit up about marijuana. This guy's (on more than one occasion), coined a disorder in the middle of a conversation. He makes shit up as he goes along. He cites studies that have never been peer reviewed as FACT. He uses that MORON Kevin Sabets type of statistics, that have never been independently studied. The kind of studies that already have a pre-determined outcome, and they'll fit the study to come up with the result they want. Then he'll come up with some disorder with "pot smokers" and act like it's REAL. Geraldo Rivera called him on it one day and he started stuttering and stammering. He gets away with that shit on O'Reilly, cuz Bill's as big a MORON on the issue as anyone I've ever seen.  I saw him ARGUE with a Scientist about statistics that he (O'Reilly) was citing by the NIH. The guest told him he was wrong, that it was X%. O'Reilly told the guest that HE was wrong, that his staff doesn't get these things wrong. That the number HE'S citing came from the NIH. The scientist then responded to him that he KNOWS he's wrong because HE (the Scientist) was on the NIH! O'Reilly still chose to call him a liar.

dick.peabody62
dick.peabody62

What?  Somebody cut Peter Boyle's off and hung up on him? Well, Pete, what's sauce for the goose as they say.

Todd Andres
Todd Andres

Yes, but Boyles is a proven serial liar, they are two of the same

Bradley Branaman
Bradley Branaman

Another classic idiot, really beginning to believe someone has put something in their water! LOL

Chris Falletta
Chris Falletta

OReilly consistently has guests on who disagree with him. This story is BS.

fritztblah
fritztblah

Yea Peter! Get that O'Reilly! You should choose him to a wrastlin' match. And tell him he can bring his handler's balls, any ass-kissers he wants for back up.

An.. An.. Tancredo can call it a fundraiser.

Who does Bill O think he's messin' with anyway? Don't he know your Grandmother was from the Old Country? Er.. uh.. maybe just stick to draggin' satchel and try not to shit yer pants.

SmokeShack
SmokeShack

Bill O'Reilly is a hatchet man shill for the N.W.O.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Chris Matthews does the same thing as regards marijuana. He sees "reefer madness" in our laws.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Sure Peter.  probably you just weren't that interesting.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Wow leg, are you that hard up?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

You have quite clearly been deprived of that oxygen.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Golly pedro, I bet you think you are a winner.

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