Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist George Will really let Bill O’Reilly have it in a new column today about his book Killing Reagan. O’Reilly has gotten criticism before over the book and insisted those critics don’t want the truth being told.
He calls the book a “tissue of unsubstantiated assertions” and calls it another symptom of “today’s cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence.”
Will objects to the narrative in the book that Reagan suffered a mental decline after the assassination attempt on his life, and dismisses a lot of what is included in the book as mere rumors and nasty innuendos. He says that certain big names in the Reagan administration were never contacted by O’Reilly or his co-author Martin Dugard.
One reason he suspects they weren’t contacted? They might have “shredded the book’s preposterous premise.”
And this is how it ends:
The book’s perfunctory pieties about Reagan’s greatness are inundated by its flood of regurgitated slanders about his supposed lassitude and manipulability. This book is nonsensical history and execrable citizenship, and should come with a warning: “Caution — you are about to enter a no-facts zone.”
And start counting down to when O’Reilly responds…
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