A cautionary tale. Also, O’Reilly + Spin = True Love.
Via the New Times Broward-Palm Beach:
Jeremy Kopchak says he was watching Bill O’Reilly interview noted atheist Richard Dawkins last week when he became “frustrated by Bill’s usual demeaning of Dawkins” and sent an email to the Factor.
Long story short: O’Reilly read a modified version of Kopchak’s email on the air.
The original email:
Bill, have you read Richard Dawkin’s [sic] book ‘The God Delusion’? You should have the guts to investigate both sides before being so pompous in your faith while completely discounting the critical thinking of atheists. The truth will stand up to any scrutiny.
The version that O’Reilly read:
Bill, you should have the guts to investigate both sides before being so pompous in your faith that you would attack Dawkins.
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(Right before that passage, they make it clear that this does include “email transmi[ssions]”)
So, although this is a clear example of O’Reilly’s hypocritical habit of “spinning” and framing every bit of his show, no rights were violated here.