Re: "O'Reilly, Fox 'News' are proof of old P.T. Barnum adage" (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 3-13).
Bill O'Reilly and Fox News are a perfect match. Fox is a news organization in name only, and O'Reilly has little regard for the truth. His most ridiculous claim is that his TV show is a no-spin zone. He constantly states his opinion, and that is what spinning is.
Unlike NBC's Brian Williams, O'Reilly will never lose his job or his ratings for fabricating a false version of himself because the purpose of Fox is to promote a very conservative socio/political agenda, regardless of the truth, and it will always enjoy an audience that needs to have that agenda validated.
We are constantly reminded that freedom of speech is a double-edged sword that cuts both ways, and sometimes truth is the victim.
(Hulet is the former director of journalism at Pierce College.)