Bill O'Reilly: The Real Reason Anthony Weiner Had to Quit
By: BillOReilly.com StaffJune 17, 2011
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By Bill O'Reilly

It wasn't very difficult to predict, as we did, that Congressman Weiner would have to resign. Even though President Clinton and Sen. David Vitter from Louisiana both survived scandals that are on paper worse than what Weiner did, there was no doubt the far-left congressman was toast.

That's because he lied to the media. He tried to use the press to cover his Twittering activities. Once the media turns on a politician, it is very difficult for that person to survive in office. A movie star or athlete might survive, but not someone who operates in the court of public opinion.

The arrogance of Weiner was amazing. How on earth did he think he could get away with calling press people into his office and lying right to their faces when there was so much damning material floating around? I mean, come on. Delusion doesn't even begin to cover it.

And so on Thursday Anthony Weiner quit, and it wasn't pretty:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. ANTHONY WEINER, D-N.Y.: Today I'm announcing my resignation from Congress…

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah! Bye-bye, pervert.

WEINER: …so my colleagues can get back to work, my neighbors can choose a new representative and, most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage I have caused.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

No one should celebrate the destruction of Anthony Weiner, mainly because there is a wife and unborn child in the picture. But the country is far better off now that Weiner has resigned.

While everyone makes mistakes, there is a level of honesty that must be present in our leadership. Once a country begins to accept corruption in government, begins to excuse or tolerate it, then it is just a matter of time before that country falls apart. Ancient Rome is the best example.

But the biggest message of this entire sordid episode is that even though the American media tilts left, it will not tolerate being manipulated. Weiner tried to do that, and it broke him.

And that's "The Memo."

Pinheads & Patriots

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup Wednesday night by defeating the Canucks in Vancouver. But after the game, far-left loons took to the streets to burn and break stuff. As you may know, Vancouver is a very permissive town, similar to San Francisco, and there's a hard-core anarchist group that lives there. They are responsible for the carnage. It had nothing to do with the game. And by the way, close to 200 people were injured. Nice.

In Greece, there's rioting in the streets once again because the government has no money and wants to cut back on entitlements. So these far-left creeps run around hurting people and destroying property. Nice images, right?

The question is: Could this kind of thing happen in America? And the answer is yes. About half the population here now believes income redistribution is the right thing to do. We're setting the table for violence in this country. Once people start depending on the government for their livelihood, for essentials, and then those essentials are taken away, you're going to have violence. Also, the more far-left loons there are, the more potential for violence there is. Those anarchists want to burn down everything.

So we can watch this stuff in Vancouver and Greece, but we shouldn't think it can't happen here. The pinheads in America are mounting.

Wednesday night we asked you if the Australian anchorman who told a joke to the Dalai Lama was a pinhead or a patriot.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KARL STEFANOVIC, TV HOST: The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop. Pizza?

DALAI LAMA: Pizza, yes.

STEFANOVIC: Yes, pizza shop. And says, "Can you make me one with everything?"

DALAI LAMA: Oh, yes.

STEFANOVIC: Do you know what I mean?

STEFANOVIC ON "FOX & FRIENDS": And so I've got 10 minutes left and he had all these monitors around and I'm like, hey, presto, let's go for it, and that was all I had. It was lame, awful and embarrassing.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Even after the apology, 72 percent of you say Karl Stefanovic is a pinhead. Twenty-eight percent believe he is a patriot for owning up to it.

— You can catch Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points Memo" and "Pinheads & Patriots" weeknights at 8 and 11 p.m. ET on the Fox News Channel and any time on foxnews.com/oreilly. Send your comments to: oreilly@foxnews.com.

Transcript Date: 
Thu, 06/16/2011
Transcript Show Name: 
O'Reilly Factor