News is War: Why I dedicated my story to Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly

Posted: May 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Listen, I am at heart what some may call these days a… commie pinko socialist anti American. And when I say some people, I mean people like this:

I am a registered, donating, and active liberal, not afraid to stand up to bull shit, whether it is that guy talking about death panels or that misogynistic corner preacher harrassing passing women. (That is a story for another day…)

I am also a YouTube junkie. I love watching old clips from shows like Countdown, The O’Reilly Factor, and interviews with crazies like Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin. It’s interesting to see these things from a detached perspective, to listen to talk about scandals and issues that are now a part of the past.

My favorite ones to watch, and the ones that had a direct impact on the creation and writing of News is War, are Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly.

The obvious glee with which Olbermann pokes the bear that is Bill O’Reilly is a shot of joy to my black little heart, and I think it shows the biggest difference between the two: A sense of humor. (For an example, see 0:25-0:37 in the clip above)

Because compare that to the clip, taken directly from O’Reilly’s own radio show, that is played from 1:04-2:00. Seriously? Wow. That’s not just being a douchebag, that seems more like a guy who takes everything too seriously.

And let’s be real, if he could handle it, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. And you can see how serious Olbermann sees it, based on this clip from Countdown when O’Reilly Launched a petition to get Countdown taken off the air:

So what does this have to do with this little story I wrote?

This: I was sick one day and binging youtube clips while high as God’s Own Kite on Tylenol’s Blue Stuff, I got into a loop of a lot of Countdown clips in which o’Reilly was, well, owned. Then a little thought popped into my head. What if, instead of being a war of words, one of them actually started a physical fight?

So this little thought sat in my head, fed by a fever and some potent cold medicine, and paired up with a set of characters that I had been playing around with, writing little one off, goof ball stories that will never see the light of day, and POOF. There it was. So I wrote it down. And that is that.

UPDATE: News is War is now, finally up and for sale. Visit the Memoirs of a Freelance Mad Scientist main page for links and fun stuff, or you can skip that and go directly to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to download them.


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