It was, in Bill O'Reilly terms, "an outrage in Seattle.... the city bans 'Buy American' advertising. You will not believe this one." That's how he promoted his Friday night Fox TV Pinheads and Patriots segment and it was a good thing if you didn't believe it, since it wasn't true.
He confused the City of Seattle with the County of King, whose Metro Transit service issued, then recanted, its goofy decision not to accept ads urging Americans to Buy American.
O'Reilly apparently knows the difference between the nation's 23rd most populous city and the 14th most populous county - separate government entities each with their elected leaders. He made a point of saying so last year, when chatting about the entrenched lefty political power of both Seattle and Chicago: "I know how these elections go in King County, the Seattle area, and in Cook County, the Chicago area."
But he not only tripped over that distinction last Friday, Metro's decision had already been reversed Thursday. No matter. He took credit for it anyway.
Now, of course, this is unbelievably pinheaded and a violation of freedom of speech, to boot. So when Seattle found out we were going to highlight this tonight, they reversed the insanity, much like Fort Worth at the top of the program. Now the "Buy American" ads will be run on Seattle city buses.
Are they patriots for doing so? No! It never should have happened in the first place, you pinheads.
As O'Reilly goofs go, however, it's not likely to be corrected, like that $16 muffin story he says he "broke" on his show - and for which he gave Jon Stewart a bad time for having not heard about it. ("You were otherwise occupied, making your little wise remarks. Not reading what's happening. They had a bunch of conferences for pinheads, federal government, and they ordered 250 muffins at $16 apiece.").