Fox-Hating Nostradamus Recycles 9-Year Old Post–Maybe This Time It Will Come True!

You have to give Cenk Uygur credit: he’s got chutzpah. Or else he is blissfully un-self-aware. In what has been called “the most ironic author byline ever,” he–Cenk Uygur–declares Bill O’Reilly “irrelevant:”

I don’t have anything against old people, really old people, but it’s hard to say that O’Reilly’s audience is the future. Half of them would be lucky to make it past the decade.

It took ace Cable Gamer Johnny Dollar just minutes to dig into his archives and find Cenk making the exact same claim about O’Reilly in 2006…only to be proven utterly, embarrassingly wrong in 2010:

In truth, four years later O’Reilly’s audience is bigger, not smaller. The Factor is still the most-watched (by far) cable news program in the 25-54 demo, only now by a margin 50% greater than in 2006.

By the way, The O’Reilly Factor remains the most-watched cable news show (by far) in the key demo to this day: in fact the most recently monthly ratings show it’s up 22%!

We noticed something else when we compared our latter-day Nostradamus’ 2006 prognostication to today’s. Let’s look at that paragraph from today’s post again:

I don’t have anything against old people, really old people, but it’s hard to say that O’Reilly’s audience is the future. Half of them would be lucky to make it past the decade.

Now, what did he write in 2006?

I don’t have anything against old people, really old people, but it’s hard to say that O’Reilly’s audience is the future. Half of them would be lucky to make it past the decade.

Let’s try another paragraph. Today:

Given these facts, it’s not hard to see why O’Reilly is losing viewers. They’re not dying to watch him, they’re dying while watching him. His audience is so old Barbara Bush was jailbait when they were growing up. His audience is so old they remember how hot Betty Rubble was in high school. His audience is so old they don’t remember when Iraq was like the Garden of Eden, they remember when Iraq was the Garden of Eden.

And 2006:

Given these facts, it’s not hard to see why O’Reilly is losing viewers. They’re not dying to watch him, they’re dying while watching him. His audience is so old Barbara Bush was jailbait when they were growing up. His audience is so old they remember how hot Betty Rubble was in high school. His audience is so old they don’t remember when Iraq was like the Garden of Eden, they remember when Iraq was the Garden of Eden.

Today:

So, it turns out this big, bad, powerful O’Reilly is basically doing a show at a senior citizen’s center. Are O’Reilly’s viewers going to determine where this country is heading? We can’t even tell where they’re heading because they won’t turn off their left blinker.

And 2006:

So, it turns out this big, bad, powerful O’Reilly is basically doing a show at a senior citizen’s center. Are O’Reilly’s viewers going to determine where this country is heading? We can’t even tell where they’re heading because they won’t turn off their left blinker.

He even used the same title!

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TCG assumes it’s not plagiarism when you rip off yourself. But wouldn’t some sort of disclosure that this post is 9 years old, and has yet to come true, be sort of de rigueur for a serious writer?

Oh that’s right. “Serious?” What was I thinking?

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One comment

  1. Jim Jacobs

    After a brief stint on television (very brief and on Current, hahahaha) Cenk Uygur is now shouting his lunacy from street corners. Cenk Uygur is not the future.

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