I haven't been watching a lot of TV lately. There was a time when my day wasn't complete until I'd gotten my nightly dose of the news and commentary from The O'Reilly Factor, along with a couple of other Fox shows. For about a year now, however, I haven't watched The O'Reilly Factor anywhere near as religiously as I used to. So last night, after a two week stretch of no news shows at all (except for brief snippets I see during lunch time at work), I decided to check back in to The Factor to see how it was doing, and guess what I got. Monica Lewinsky, as the lead story!
That's right. Out of everything that's going on in the world--the Ukraine crisis, Benghazi, the Nigerian kidnapping, the Keystone pipeline, the ongoing saga of Obamacare--in spite of all that and more, a Fox News show chose to open its broadcast with Bill Clinton's former f**k buddy. I mean, really?
Even if Lewinsky might've had something mildly interesting to say after over 15 years in the shadows, why make her reappearance the lead story? Surely the Benghazi coverup or Putin's saber rattling are tad more important business than the narcissistic utterances of an erstwhile Clinton, ahem, protege. That The O'Reilly Factor would treat such fluff as hard news is more than disappointing; it's disillusioning.
I've felt for a while that Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and other Fox News regulars were losing their edge. That's why I've been watching them less and less, and without any feeling that I was missing something. Obviously, I'm NOT missing something. Monica Lewinsky is not news. And, it now appears, neither is Fox.