Book review – Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly | 2021
This book is a #1 New York Times bestseller for a reason.
I have read many of Bill O’Reilly’s previous books including: The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out For You, The O’Reilly Factor For Kids (I’m Still a Child at Heart), Culture Warrior and A Bold New Piece of Humanity . I even read O’Reilly’s only novel – Those Who Overtook Their Possessions: A Novel on Television and Murder. And I watch O’Reilly Factor almost every night of the week, either at 8pm, or the recurring show at 11pm.
So you could say I like the guy a little bit. O’Reilly looks a lot like me; The right of the average person, is unaffected by the heads inhabiting the far left, or the extreme right ends of the political spectrum. He is certainly not as right as the man who follows his program, Sean Hannity, who does not give Democrats, or liberals even one small award, no matter how perfect their actions.
In his No Spin Zone, O’Reilly tells it the way it is, and woe to his guest who doesn’t answer the question he asks and sets off on a point of contact or no-nonsense. I had sergeants at training camp that were less intimidating than O’Reilly when it was hot. Just ask Barney Frank, who O’Reilly slices from his throat to his sternum, then down his flabby back.
Every evening, O’Reilly ends his show with a piece called Pinheads and Patriots. Some nights, someone who was a Pinhead in the past does something that elevates them to the rank of Patriot. vice versa.
O’Reilly “Pinheads and Patriots” begins with the definition of Pinhead by Dictionary of Slang and Non-Traditional English. “Pinhead – a simple man, an idiot. A very small head contains few brains.”
Then follows the Urban Dictionary version. “A person who lacks the intelligence of the ‘natural’ sector of mankind; someone who cannot handle the most ordinary tasks due to a lack of common sense and intelligence.”
Then he names the names.
Patriot – The late Tony Snow, who was a Fox News anchor and later chief White House spokesman under the Bush administration. Snow died after a two-year battle with cancer. O’Reilly wrote, “Tony Snow is the bravest man I have ever met.” Explain why.
Pinhead – Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who was O’Reilly lambastes under “The Cowardly Lion.” Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has been more responsible than anyone for the current subprime mortgage crisis. Frank oversaw the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle and even said months before the crash that things were well and good with these two mortgage giants. However, when he appeared on O’Reilly Factor, Frank refused to accept one iota of the blame. He said he was a “victim of economic chaos”. Pinhead for sure.
Since President Obama is on the cover facing O’Reilly, you’d think O’Reilly had him line up with Pinhead-dom. incorrect. O’Reilly points to several instances in which Obama has been a true patriot. He cites the time at a Father’s Day city council meeting, when Obama told men who are having and leaving kids, “Just because your dad wasn’t there for you, that’s not an excuse to be absent, either—it’s all the more reason to be there. You have an obligation to break the cycle and learn from those mistakes.” to rise where your parents failed and to do better than they did with your children.”
Really Patriot’s words.
Before the presidential election, Obama avoided any interview with Fox News, with the exception of one person – Bill O’Reilly. In “Pinheads and Patriots,” O’Reilly gives us the full transcript of his interview with Obama, which lasted about 30 minutes. Then, infrequently, he explains how the things Obama said in the interview were either off-putting or didn’t work for the president. It also takes on Obama’s responsibility not to admit that he was wrong about the surge in Iraq. Obama admits in the interview that the surge worked, but he never gave President Bush any credit.
It went back and forth as follows:
OBAMA: What I said is — I’ve already said that (the surge) has worked beyond our dreams.
O’Reilly: Well, why don’t you just say, “I was wrong about the surge?”
Obama clings tightly, but not once did he say “I was wrong.” And as we’ve found out during his 21 months in office, he may be unable to say he was wrong about anything, except perhaps for the White Sox winning the World Championship.
One of the book’s best chapters is “My All-Time Favorites P&Ps.” Without saying who, what and what, O’Reilly gives his opinion of, among others, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, US Grant, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Robert Kennedy, both Bush, Cesar Chavez. John Edwards, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and George Soros. Some of his findings may surprise you.
On O’Reilly’s website, the book retails for $27.95, but throws in a stylish “Pinheads and Patriots” tote bag. I got mine on Amazon.com for under $16, and because I have Amazon Prime, I got free shipping (but I don’t have a carrying case).
“Pinheads and Patriots” is a must read for any O’Reilly fan. And even people who aren’t too crazy about O’Reilly should enjoy reading this well-balanced book, too.
Unless you are Pinhead. Then there’s nothing I can do for you anyway.