|Another year, and once again, The Factor is the most watched of all cable news shows. Bill O'Reilly's nightly program has been #1 for more than 50 straight quarters (and counting). As Bill always says, there's simply no way it could have happened without the more than 5-million of you who make that choice each night.
The impact of that support and loyalty has carried over to other major projects from Bill, particularly his unique and highly praised history books, Killing Lincoln, and the newer, Killing Kennedy. Those two came after five best selling non-fiction works, and Bill's memoir, A Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity. The Lincoln book remained at the top of The New York Times best seller list for more than a year, and Killing Kennedy, which was released in October of 2012, has sold more than a million copies in short order. In fact, as 2012 ended, the books ranked numbers one and two on the Times' bestseller list, a feat that the newspaper called "an extraordinary run." And there's no slowing down. Killing Lincoln has been made into a movie, there will be more books coming, Bill's highly personal weekly newspaper column goes on, there are personal appearances to be made, as well as further fresh developments right here at BillOReilly.com. As Bill told The Times, "I work harder now than I have ever worked in my life."
Some background: as many of you already know, Bill grew up on Long Island, got a BA (in history, of course) from Marist College, a Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and a second MA in Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In addition to studying history, Bill taught it in high school before going into broadcasting, and he's been a long time serious collector of historical documents.
The Factor, his books, his entire approach to life, is encapsulated in the greeting to The Factor he uses each night when he looks into the camera and says, in his familiar tone, "You are about to enter THE No Spin Zone." That's it. No shortcuts, no compromise, no letup. It's an incredibly rugged path, but that's Bill's way, and it continues.