O’Reilly Called Hurricane Ike Warnings “Hype”

September 18, 2008 · Filed Under Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Media 

hype - an ingenious or questionable claim, method, etc., used in advertising, promotion, or publicity to intensify the effect; a swindle, deception, or trick

Last week, prior to Hurricane Ike hitting the Texas coast, Bill O’Reilly told his Radio Factor listeners that the dire warnings of Ike’s potential damage and threats to life were “hype.”

Ike made U.S. landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13 at 2:10am CDT as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph The 2:00 am advisory cited tropical storm and hurricane force winds extending 275 miles and 120 miles, respectively, from the center.

 The No-spinster explained that this is what the media does.


Post-storm damage estimates in the US have been placed at 18 billion US dollars.

 Imagine the relief of the Folks™ in the path of Ike who were being told to evacuate.


Sixty-three deaths have been reported in the US — thirty-three in Texas, eight in Louisiana, one in Arkansas, two in Tennessee, one in Kentucky, seven in Indiana, four in Missouri, six in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania.

Wonder how many of those Folks™ listen(ed) to Bill, and believe what he says isn’t hype.

On September 15, 2008 the United States Congress held a moment of silence for those who died in the hurricane.

Bill O’Reilly.  Just looking out for you.

Hey, Folks™, if you’re looking for a good storm-cellar read, Bill’s new book, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity,” goes on sale next week at Texas and Louisiana book stores that were not destroyed by last week’s hype.
Good reading, Steve


2 Responses to “O’Reilly Called Hurricane Ike Warnings “Hype””

  1. thisniss on September 19th, 2008 1:07 am

    can you post a transcript? it would be helpful to see O’Reilly’s exact words - both then and since the storm.

  2. Steve Young on September 19th, 2008 1:33 am

    For those of you that want context, I can only say that I listened to BO’s show, and he spoke of the dire warnings to those people and areas that would face the storm. He then siad, and I must paraphrase, but in no way am I distorting his message, that he “believed that it wasn’t as bad as was being reported. That is was hype. That’s what the media does.” (The quotes are my paraphrase, but damn close to actual)

    And please, stop trying to nail on me the label of credible journalist. I write about what I hear and how I feel about it. I’m not a reporter. I’m kind of like O’Reilly except I don’t purport to be a hard-hitting journalist.

    Yours in SYOP

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