Bill O’Reilly considers George Will’s article an attack on ‘Killing Reagan’. In the interview, O’Reilly repeatedly refers to Will as a ‘hack’.
The article under scrutiny by Will is entitled ‘Bill O’Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan’.
From the article:
Donald Trump is just one symptom of today’s cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence. Another is the fact that the book atop the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list is a tissue of unsubstantiated assertions. Because of its vast readership, “Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency” by Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and his collaborator, Martin Dugard, will distort public understanding of Ronald Reagan’s presidency more than hostile but conscientious scholars could.
Styling himself an “investigative historian,” O’Reilly purports to have discovered amazing facts that have escaped the notice of real historians. The book’s intimated hypothesis is that the trauma of the March 1981 assassination attempt somehow triggered in Reagan a mental decline, perhaps accelerating the Alzheimer’s disease that would not be diagnosed until 13 years later. The book says Reagan was often addled to the point of incompetence, causing senior advisers to contemplate using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Well.
On Fox News’ ‘Special Report’, Will responded to O’Reilly’s comments stating, “The ‘Loser of the Week’ is Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, whose book called ‘Killing Reagan’ is being eviscerated by real historians and by almost everyone who worked and knew Ronald Reagan.”
Who do you side with on this issue? Have you read ‘Killing Reagan?