In August, he got into a heated battle with The New Hampshire Union Leader. Last month, it was The Dallas Morning News. This week, it's The Tampa Tribune. All three papers are conservative; the Tribune hasn't endorsed a Democrat for president since FDR.
But that didn't stop O'Reilly from lumping the Trib in with the rest of the liberal media elite in a segment on his Nov. 2 show.
O'Reilly's ire was stirred by Daniel Ruth's column, "Bill O'Reilly's Lies, Lies, Lies Strike Again!" Ruth was irritated by O'Reilly's coverage of the decision by Hillsborough County schools to eliminate days off that coincide with three religious holidays.
Said O'Reilly in his "Talking Points Memo" --
I was attacked in the Tampa Tribune newspaper, called a liar in the newspaper and viciously smeared by the paper's far-left character assassin columnist.
Now, this disgraceful exhibition isn't unusual .. the far-left forces in the USA will say and do pretty much anything. But I'm holding Tampa Tribune publisher Gil Thelen, who is too cowardly to talk to us, personally responsible for this shameful course of events...
The anti-religious zealots in America have powerful allies in the media, and have succeeded in intimidating their opposition using vile tactics...Only you, the folks, can stop it.
In a later segment, O'Reilly was joined by Hillsborough County Commissioner Ronda Storms, who explained that the Tribune has "lurched left for the last five years." She also bashed columnist Ruth, stating that his "intelligence (is) probably beneath you, and very far beneath you."
Concluded O'Reilly, "This is an out-of-control situation." He said "the folks" need to tell the Tribune: "You gotta knock it off."
O'Reilly displayed a pic of Thelen, whom he'd obviously like to coax onto the air as he did the Union Leader's publisher.
If Thelen does go on, here's a line he can use (if he doesn't mind that it's been used before): "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"