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As promised, the first in our series of heartfelt but antagonistic emails to America's greatest news figures. First up, the not very responsive Bill O'Reilly:

From : 
"Fred Flyovah"
To :
Subject :  Lying Lawyers, Michael Moore
Date :  Thu, 24 Oct 2002 21:034:04 -0400

Dear Mr. O'Reilly,

I was a little perplexed awhile back when you took an adversarial stance with Michael Moore; I thought both of you were on the side of working stiffs like me. Clearly you're much more pro-big business and conservative than I had thought.

I was even more surprised recently to see your temples throbbing with rage as you addressed the fact that some lawyers may have been LYING. (September 18, 2002) Isn't that the very foundation of their occupation?

Fred E. Flyovah
Ann Arbor, MI

PS as much as I question your integrity and intelligence, I still tune in EVERY night. Donahue's a pansy. How about a free T-Shirt, Signed Photo, or Coffee Mug?


From : 
"Fred Flyovah"
To :
Subject :  DC Sniper Beats O'Reilly In Nielsens
Date :  Sat, 26 Oct 2002 10:04:18 -0400

Dear Mr. O'Reilly-

Well, you and your kind have succeeded in creating another superstar. Seems the DC sniper is more worthy of airtime than even you, Bill.  I tried to tune in The Factor the other day, after giving up on you for awhile because of your throbbing-templed rants about lawyers who lie --- oh please! --- but instead I tuned in to suffer endless, pointless speculation about a backyard being dug up in Tacoma, Washington. Drop us a line when Fox can get back to something resembling intelligent journalism.

Fred E. Flyovah
Ann Arbor, MI

PS -

1.) We still haven't received our coffee mug or t-shirt either.
2.) Have you been replaced by Shepard Smith?

From : 
"Fred Flyovah"
To :
Subject :  Random Drug Testing of Fox News Celebrities
Date :  Mon, 28 Oct 2002 22:40:22 -0500

Dear Mr. O'Reilly-

As both a recovering substance abuser and a resident of the state of Michigan, I found your typically ignorant and antagonistic attitude toward your guests of October 28 not only offensive, but informative. Informative regarding your intelligence, Mr. O'Reilly, which seems to be the only thing spinning in your "No Spin Zone". Spinning rapidly downward in a hopeless spiral.

Perhaps you'd rather all the money spent domestically to help people were instead spent on the wholesale deportation or unconstitutional imprisonment of anyone who isn't as white or wealthy as yourself?

Fred E. Flyovah
Ann Arbor, MI

PS- We still haven't received our coffee mug or t-shirt either.


From : 
"Fred Flyovah"
To :
Subject :  McSpin Zone
Date :  Mon, 04 Nov 2002 13:35:06 -0500
Dear Mr. O'Reilly-

Touting The O'Reilly Factor as quality programming because it gets high Nielsen ratings is like saying McDonald's makes good food because they sell billions of hamburgers.

Maybe you should change your name to McReilly?

Fred Flyovah
Ann Arbor, MI

PS- Since you haven't sent us a free coffee mug or T-Shirt, let alone reply to our emails, perhaps you could at least point us to the McProduct link where we can buy something from the "No Fry Zone".


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