8598The O'Reillly factor
- Jun 5, 2003Here is a perfect Goethean study in the battles within
the "Intellectual Soul" here is snapshot of what Steiner would
indicate as the realm of the Intellectual Soul. Many have no idea
what the flavor of this realm is, as differing from the Consciousness
Soul, but here is a Goethean study and insight into just what the
traps and difficulties are for understanding the ability to arrive at
a vantage point of the Consciousness Soul. Here is a good example of
the "Selective Intelligence."
This example does not give you the Consciousness Soul feel or
perception but it is exactly the overheated Intellectual soul of
Radio and Talk Show spin doctors who are currently in a feeding
frenzy in the Sentient and Intellectual soul of America. The battle
for "The Deconstruction of the American Psyche" into some Orwellian
Spin machine is running hot and heavy in the Intellecutal Soul Region
of American airways. Mark it well. Millions listen with stoked up
emotional forces while driving in their SUV's and cars, or sitting
wanting to feel the false fiery Yes or No = I hate- High octane
Sympathy and Antipathy that gives the Sentient and Intellectual Soul
a false sense of Life.
Lacking the richness and Openess of Goethean Observation the media
war for the American Psyche rages on. T.V. and radio riot or the
better term is wallow in a sea of lies. It is a mind soul [same as
Intellectual Soul] infection that attachs emotional eddies of
patriotism and nationalism, blood and feeling, pumped into a dead
region of soul and spirit life. These are the vivid shadows in
Plato's cave Wall. They are disturbing shadows on the path to build a
soul tool of Goethean Observation.
On Saturday, May 31, C-SPAN and BookTV broadcast a Book Expo author
luncheon panel with Pat Schroeder (moderator), Molly Ivins, Bill
O'Reilly, and Al Franken.
Each panelist was given 15 minutes to talk about their own upcoming
book. After Molly Ivins and Bill O'Reilly had taken their turns, Al
Franken took the microphone. His book, which is unfinished, is
entitled, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and
Balanced Look at the Right" and features pictures of four
conservative personalities on the cover. Bill O'Reilly was one of
them. At the start of his talk, Franken made a point of showing the
cover to O'Reilly and asking if he could get a better photo to use.
O'Reilly was clearly upset: silent, but spitting DU-tipped bullets
from his eyes.
Franken spent the next 20 minutes or so giving examples of right wing
lies from his book. By then he had already overshot his time slot,
but he launched into an account of how he had personally caught Bill
O'Reilly in a big lie, which was this: O'Reilly had stated on at
least two or three occasions that his former show, Inside Edition,
was the winner of two prestigious Peabody Awards.
The story of how Franken tracked down and debunked this claim ran on
for 10 or 15 minutes, in excruciating detail. O'Reilly, still silent
through most of it, was beside himself and looked to be ready to jump
out of his chair and tackle the speaker.
Realize the following, of course: Had Al Franken been a guest on The
No-Spin Zone, O'Reilly would certainly have shouted him down and
probably disconnected his mic almost as soon as he showed the cover
of his book. But O'Reilly couldn't shut down C-SPAN. His frustration
was palpable. Finally, he erupted and called Al Franken a lot of
things including, "a very vicious person" (if I recall correctly).
By this time, Al Franken had also changed. No longer the kidding-on-
the-square humorist, he was deadly serious and emotionally invested
in the theme of his book. His lip was quivering and I was afraid he
would actually burst into tears. When he said that "they're lying and
we shouldn't take it [pause]...anymore", it was every bit as
spellbinding as any Howard Beale moment in the movie "Network."
The segment will be re-aired Sunday, June 8, at 5:30 ET on C-SPAN2.
And for those who still have humor and heart and are not heartless
liars the I Am to I AM confrontation with Power and the humble Al
Franken against O'Reilly, doctor of spin, clearly reveals the
emotional impact on those of us who refuse to have our intellects
totally Ahrimanized and cannabalized so that we all become ice core,
aliens of the soul like Nietzsche.
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