The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly

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Macmillan, Oct 28, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
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To some, Bill O'Reilly is a semi-demented cable TV talk show host who can be an obnoxious, insufferable, opinionated, rude loudmouth whose views, the kinder ones say, are typical right-wing drivel. But there is much more to O'Reilly than what meets eye. O'Reilly is the paradigm of idiosyncrasy in television journalism.

On the rough road to the top, O'Reilly learned how to give the public what it wants and thinks it needs. From his early education at the hands of nuns to an advanced degree in public policy from Harvard, from working at local television stations and rising through the ranks to network news, O'Reilly spent nearly twenty-five years learning his craft before he became an overnight star at Fox News.

In this very intimate look at the man and what matters to him, veteran media critic Marvin Kitman explores all the experiences that led to the making of Bill O'Reilly--a nonconformist in a business that demands conformity as the price of success, and a man who has risen to the top by not playing by the rules of broadcast news. Kitman shows that O'Reilly is not a knee-jerk conservative, but an "independent" freethinker with a mind of his own, and he believes what journalism needs is more Bill O'Reillys. Not screamers, the blowhards like the current O'Reilly clones rushed on the air since his success, but trained journalists, reporting the news and telling us why, in their opinion, the world is a crazy place.

Supported by twenty-nine interviews with O'Reilly, Marvin Kitman chronicles a descent from reporter of news to spewer of views.

 

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The Man Who Wouldn't Shut Up

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If you like to watch Bill on TV, you will enjoy learning about his background. I find it is interesting to learn what is "behind" the man.; that he's always been this way!! ... Read full review

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The book was not objectively written. The author was a total "hero worshipper". The sections of the book that dealt with Bill O'Reilly's early history was interesting. Read full review

Contents

two Man About Miami
54
three The Wayward Pressman
67
four The Voice of Anthracite Country
76
seven Cry for Me Argentina
102
nine OReilly Finds His Voice
115
eleven Taking Out the Trash
133
twelve Final Edition
147
thirteen Tall Man on Campus 150
150
sixteen Cracking the OReilly Code
174
seventeen Are They Out to Get Him?
207
twentyone The Future Lies Ahead
261
twentytwo The New Journalism
269
Afterword
278
Notes Sources
285
Bibliography
306
Copyright

fourteen Roger Discovers Gold
163

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About the author (2008)

Marvin Kitman was the TV/media critic of Newsday for thirty-five years, and is the author of eight previous books. He lives in northern New Jersey.

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