Bill O'Reilly hosts the highest-rated cable news show on television.
As a result, one would hope the Fox News anchor would use such a pulpit to tackle important, practical issues facing the country. Instead, he chimes in on the latest celebrity gossip headlines in order to conjure up controversy and make headlines for himself.
First, he took issue with Jennifer Aniston's comment that science allows older, single women to have a baby these days via in vitro fertilization. O'Reilly referred to this harmless, factual point as "destructive to our society."
Now, the talk show host has set his sights on Justin Bieber and the photo shoot he did for Elle with Kim Kardashian. Said O'Reilly:
"I wanted to be a baseball player [when I was 16]. I didn't want to hang around with Kim Kardashian...I had a baseball bat and a bat and [a pair of] ice skates! That's what I was doing... if a 16-year-old girl was pictured with a 29-year-old man in any of that, he'd be in big trouble."
By sitting a few feet in front of Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber is clearly helping to destroy society, right, Bill O'Reilly?
Added Republican strategist Margaret Hoover, a panelist on The O'Reilly Factor: "I think it's gross. It's a 16-year-old having an affair with a celebutante!"
It's actually just a 16-year old sitting next to, and running along the beach with, a celebutante. But why would Fox News let facts get in the way of an imaginary scandal that increases ratings? Sarah Palin doesn't do that with the First Amendment.
There's no reason to think the network that provides her talking points will do so any time soon.