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Comment 9 by danconquer :

O'Reilly is a bona fide retard I'm afraid. I know that word gets bandied around alot, but he actually is very, very dim indeed.

Really? I wonder who you are spending time with, if they bandy 'retard' around so frequently. In most circles I'm aware of, the word "retard" is increasingly avoided, as it is considered an offensive pejorative with a cruel history. It is kind of a mini N-word--not quite so bad, but on the continuum of rudeness with words like 'fag.'

I also take issue with equating ignorance or a differing opinion with stupidity. O'Reilly is no genius, and I disagree with him on most issues, but his IQ is surely somewhere within two standard deviations of the mean, as is 95% of the population. A single dumb statement about percentages, which you cited, is thin evidence regarding a man who has such huge amounts of airtime to fill.

Tue, 11 Oct 2011 02:01:43 UTC | #879614