BILL O’REILLY: Talk Radio is Freedom’s ‘Last Line of Defense’
Talk radio prospers when ideas are put forward, because it doesn’t have the censorship of the corporate media and cable networks, Bill O’Reilly said on the Todd Starnes Show.
STARNES: I was driving into our news bunker today and KWAM, our flagship station in Memphis, carries Bill O’Reilly’s Morning Report. He has some great radio features. And I want to bring Bill in. Bill is on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line Bill. I hope you’re doing good today.
O’REILLY: Todd. I’m okay. Thanks for having me in. I appreciate it.
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STARNES: You know. I was listening to the Morning Report and you were talking about, people ask you, why haven’t you retired yet? And I, I thought it was a brilliant answer to that question on the program this morning.
O’REILLY: Yeah. I mean, I’m not done yet. I was put on this planet for a purpose. I think. BillOReilly.com is emerging as the most successful independent news agency in the world. I left Fox News five years ago. I could have packed it then. I didn’t need to work. But I decided that the country needs a voice that is not at the behest of anyone else. So nobody tells you what to do. I’m the CEO of my corporation. No spin is reality. We don’t spin anything any way. We don’t ignore important stories, as the corrupt mainstream media does. So I’m not ready to pack it because we are being watched and listened to in the millions. Now.
STARNES: I think people need to hear your voice, Bill. I mean, you tell it like it is.
O’REILLY: Yeah. And I mean, the books are also a factor. So we got Killing the Killers The Secret War Against Terrorists. Number one book in the world right now. If I wasn’t on the media, I don’t know if that would happen. And those books are very important to people who read them. They lay out, you know, what the government is doing to protect you against these people who would slit your throat in a heartbeat. And it’s amazingly successful on that front. So, yeah, I mean, most of my peers are on a golf course, at the beach, floating around the world. I’m the last man standing, but I’m content for now.
STARNES: Killing the Killers. Folks, we have a direct link to it in the live show blog, the latest from Bill and you got to check that one out, Bill. I just have a rule with my publisher. I tell them make sure O’Reilly isn’t publishing anywhere around my release date so.
O’REILLY: Well, you know, that’s nice of you to say. We’ve had eighteen number one bestsellers, which is a record for the planet. And I feel bad. You know, I did something that I want to tell your listeners about just briefly. So we’re all getting hurt. As you pointed out in your introduction. We’re all getting hurt. Every American is getting hurt by the incompetence of President Biden and his extreme progressive administration. There’s no doubt about that. There’s no debate. There’s no two sides of the story. His own party would like him to bat. All right. They’re not behind Biden. They know he’s a disaster. He’ll go down as the second worst president in the history of this country. So because people are suffering on a day to day basis as they see their paychecks erode and their money stream become precarious, I said to my folks, look, we got a book out. We’ll put it up on BilloReilly.com. If the folks buy Killing the Killers are gettng Killing the Mob free. And it doesn’t seem like a big thing, but it is. So, you know, you give it to Dad for Father’s Day this coming Sunday, he gets two books instead of one, or you save it and give it as a birthday gift down the road. Or it is a gesture that I thought I had to do because I understand the suffering that’s going on in this country economically.
STARNES: Yeah, I think that’s a terrific gesture. And folks, again, the link on our live show blog. You know, Bill, I was up at the Talkers convention in at Hofstra over the weekend. And I got to hear you deliver remarks. You know, when you look at what’s happening, especially in cable television right now, cable news. It just seems to me that we’re having to go back to our roots. You know, the early days back when Rush Limbaugh first started, where talk radio really was beginning to move the needle, and you could still have that platform to talk about the issues that, quite frankly, you’re not able to talk about on some of the cable news channels.
O’REILLY: Well, that’s an excellent point. So the last line of defense for the people of America is talk radio, because talk radio prospers when ideas are put forward. Now, there’s a healthy dose of ideology in talk radio. You know that. Everybody knows that. But you don’t have the censorship that you have on the corporate media, which controls all the cable and network news. So there is censorship there. They tell you what you can and can’t say, and if you defy them, you’re fired. You don’t have so much of that on corporate radio. A little bit of it, but not a lot. And so, once again, talk radio emerges as, as I said, the last line of defense.
STARNES: Bill, the hearings underway right now. Liz Cheney taking a few shots at Rudy Giuliani, says he appeared to be inebriated during one of the meetings, says, you know, that Trump never tried to calm down the crowds, which is provably false. Do you think these hearings are going to move the needle one way or the other?
O’REILLY: No. No, people are much more concerned about the future than the past. And the people who hate Trump. That’s who’s watching this. They’re not anybody watching it. Because if you don’t know the fix is in, in this committee, then you don’t know anything. So all of these people hate Trump. They want to disparage Trump. They don’t want Trump to run again. They’re trying to throw stuff out. I watched a little of it. I didn’t see anything new. Did you see anything new?
STARNES: I saw nothing new. Nothing new.
O’REILLY: I saw nothing new. I knew all of that stuff. Liz Cheney has destroyed her political career. She’ll lose in Wyoming and then CNN will hire her as a commentator. That’s what will happen to her and the hapless Democrats on the committee. I mean, everybody knows their agenda. So only 20 million people watched on Thursday in primetime. That’s a shadow of what watches the State of the Union or the debates. Nobody really is emotionally involved with this at all.
STARNES: Bill, where do you see things going for the midterms? It looks like the Republicans are almost all but guaranteed to take over the House. What say you?
O’REILLY: Well, I think the Democrats are in a place that it’s almost impossible in four and a half months to get out of. So, you know, you have two things. You have social justice, which is collapsing, collapsed the criminal justice system. Everybody knows that. And you have climate change which has collapsed the economy that ignited inflation by making it more difficult to harvest fossil fuels in America that raise the cost of everything. Democrats were solidly behind both. You can’t get out of that hole. The problem is that the Republicans are fairly mediocre. You don’t hear a lot of solutions to the problems from the GOP. And so if I were leading the party and one of the problems is there is no one leading the Republican Party. No one. I would put the word out. Look, yeah, we got a great chance in November, but you’re going to have to come up with some innovative solutions to problems, because the Republicans have not yet done that.
STARNES: You know, I saw some reports out earlier today. You know, more people are talking up DeSantis, hoping that he steps up to the plate. Do you think? I don’t think Desantis runs throws his hat in if Trump is in fact, going to run in 2024.
O’REILLY: I don’t think he’ll primary Trump. Why would he do that? He’s a young guy. He wants to alienate 50% of the Republican Party, the MAGA people. Why would you want to do that? So if Trump runs, there’s a possibility DeSantis may be the second. I know that’s been discussed. One of the two would have to move out of Florida, but that’s not hard to do. But if Trump runs, going to be hard for anybody to primary him because he’s going to have so much money and he’s got a built in 50% of the Republican Party that will vote for him. And to give Trump his due. He ran the economy well.
STARNES: Sure did. Sure did.
O’REILLY: And that’s what it’s all about. And he ran it, well, 1.4% inflation under Trump. We’re scraping 11, 12% inflation now under Biden after 18 months. I mean, come on. So I don’t see anybody really in a Republican Party challenging Trump. Trump knows that. And that’s why they’re trying to take him out in other areas of the January 6 committee.
STARNES: There you go. All right, Bill, we’re going to leave it there. Great to see you this past week at the Talkers Convention, and we got your book up on the website. Folks, Bill’s right. It makes a great Father’s Day gift and has a generous offer, too. So take advantage of that, Bill. Good hearing from you.
O’REILLY:Thank you. Appreciate it.