Bill O’Reilly and Civil Discourse

Growing up, for reasons I cannot recall I was taught to respect every older human being (except my brother).

As I reflect upon it, I mean that I was to respect everyone: Neighbors, teachers, policemen, school crossing guards, etc. It was “Yes, sir,” or “No, sir.” I learned very early on to have, as dictionary.com defines it, “polite or kind regard; consideration: respect for people’s feelings.”

I also learned many years ago that civil discourse is intended to enhance understanding. A conversation differs markedly from an interrogation.   Continue reading “Bill O’Reilly and Civil Discourse”

Damn You! I’m Not an Actor, I’m a Movie Star!

I am thrilled to introduce a new contributor to Trading 8s. He used to write for The Huffington Post, which makes his presence on our little blog even more special. Norman Horowitz will write the “Hollywood Insider” series on media, politics, and the business of entertainment, from Beverly Hills, CA. After serving in the US Air Force during the Korean War, Norman spent over 40 years in the telecommunications industry, from the early days of worldwide television through the development of cable, satellite, and internet companies. He served as VP of International Sales for Screen Gems, Director of International Sales for CBS, President of Worldwide Distribution for Columbia Pictures Television, President and Chief Operating Officer of Polygram Television, and President and Chief Executive Officer of MGM/UA Telecommunications Company. He co-founded the Cable Dating Network, Rxinfo.com, citiesLive networks, and citiescommercialLive networks. He has been an adjunct professor at the UCLA Graduate Business and Film Schools, as well as an associate professor at California State University, Northridge. I’m proud and honored to call him my mentor and friend. — AWO

Peter O’Toole spoke these words in the movie My Favorite Year.

In my hardly-ever-humble opinion, Bill O’Reilly is no longer a journalist (if he ever was one), but rather he is “an actor” who has become “a television star.”

In a manner of speaking, O’Reilly is a reincarnation of Howard Beale from the movie Network.   Continue reading “Damn You! I’m Not an Actor, I’m a Movie Star!”