H/T to Oliver Willis
I've argued that Bill O'Reilly is a pinhead for quite some time, most recently for his idiotic arguments about gasoline prices. His Harvard MBA clearly didn't take root in his brain.
Well, it appears that the other kook on cable that has spittle on the sides of his mouth has rightly pointed out that O'Reilly is a pinhead on US history as well.
See Keith "I'm a Lifelong Member of DemocraticUnderground" Olberman dress down O'Reilly over his remarks about the events at Malmedy on December 17th, 1944.
Note that O'Reilly in all likelihood was referring to the revenge killings by US soldiers after the Germans committed the atrocity at Malmedy. The day following Malmedy, the US military issued orders that US forces were not to take German prisoners. Here is an account of what occurred on January 1st, 1945 (shortly after and in response to Malmedy):
CHENOGNE (January 1, 1945)In the village of Chenogne, a unit of the US 11th Armoured Division had captured around sixty German soldiers. Marched to behind a small hill, out of sight of enemy troops still holding the woods beyond the village, the prisoners were subjected to a volley of machine-gun fire. On this cold and frosty first day of 1945, the GIs were showing no mercy for their unfortunate prisoners as they crumpled to the ground, shot dead in cold blood. With memories of the Malmédy massacre still fresh in their minds, killing had become impersonal, revenge was now uppermost in their minds.
So, yes... I agree with Olberman... O'Reilly is a pinhead. But, Olberman is as well for his spittle-laced diatribe attacking a competitor. Perhaps Olberman is just wishing that he had the same ratings?
ARC: St Wendeler