A few weeks back, National Public Radio (dba NPR) fired commentator Juan Williams following a less-than-well-thought-out appearance on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly show. Fox News took the firing hard. Their pundits took to the airwaves decrying NPR’s abuse of the First Amendment. It was spectacularly histrionic.
Last weekend, Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson penned a cartoon about Fox News’ reaction to the whole event. It certainly didn’t paint Bill O’Reilly in a flattering light, but the best political cartoons never do. O’Reilly retaliated by publishing Thompson’s email address and urging his readers to let him have it. Rhetorically of course. The results were the very model of decorum. Or the very Fox News model of decorum.
Yesterday, comics writer Brigid Alverson–perhaps facetiously–suggested an Everybody Draw Bill O’Reilly Day (a play on the now infamous Everybody Draw Mohamed Day, that ended with its creator in hiding, at the FBI’s suggestion).
Seems like a good idea to me.