Last night, Bill O’Reilly was justly mocked on the Daily Show for a show he did lambasting paparazzi — “They’re scum of the earth” — after which he indulged in the exact same tactics himself. In fact, he generally boasts about his abuse of unsuspecting media people and liberal celebrities. The example Stewart used to demonstrate his point was when O’Reilly had a producer accost the editor of the Columbia Journalism Review on a bus, over his use of a writer who once wrote for the Nation. (Which the Nation self-righteously, if a little meekly, points out isn’t technically a crime.) The very next segment on O’Reilly’s show that day concerned paparazzi abuse of Miley Cyrus. Oh, Jon Stewart had a field day with that.
After watching O’Reilly’s hypocrisy on the stalkerazzi front, you’ll be in the perfect mood to watch this clip of him mocking immortal White House reporter Helen Thomas for asking Obama a question about the Taliban in Pakistan last night. He compares her to the Wicked Witch of the West and — though he does an eerily accurate impression of said witch that might be funny in other circumstances — sort of cruelly urges the president to pour some water on her.
Bonus: A Fox News producer was just arrested for kiddie porn. Don’t worry, tomorrow it will be all Olbermann hating, all the time on Daily Intel.