Originally Posted by KESpires
I, personally, love his show. Compared to guys like Hannity and Levin, he's more moderate than most think. He's also not afraid to take up for someone getting shafted. I think that most people dislike him because he's the most popular show in that timeslot of all the cable news channels.
But the thing I like about him most is that he's honest about his position and honest about when he's giving opinion, not fact. That is a statement that can't be said for some other shows, notably on MSNBC or CNN. Commentators masquerading as journalists on those networks enjoy giving opinions as facts. Like when a CNN reporter "broke" the news story that Palin's child with down syndrom was "suspected" of being her daughter's child, and "sourced" a blog on a liberal site... Yeah, very objective.
I'll grant that O'Reilly is not as insane as Hannity, Coulter, or Beck, but if you think he doesn't do the same thing on his show that you note CNN and msnbc doing, then you might want to wax your ears. He's been caught many times passing off opinion as fact or outright lying about the facts. All of the cable news networks/hosts do this. It's not news, it's entertainment.
I was also a bit surprised to learn this about OSC, though I never noticed it in Ender's Game, which I enjoyed immensely. It has turned me off reading more of his books though. I dislike Twilight for similar reasons, and have avoided Brandon Sanderson on the same grounds... I read Elantris and could see the preaching, which I hear only becomes more over-the-top in Mistborn. Heck, I didn't care for Tad Williams' MST series because of the overt Catholic influences, which I found dull and heavy-handed and I was raised Catholic. I'm curious to re-read Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy because I am an atheist so I clearly agree with him, but I was younger when I read it and suspect I'd find the preachiness in that annoying as well. I read for interesting stories and characters, not political/religious argument.
On an unrelated note, what are Heinlen's controversial political beliefs? I've never read anything by him but have been curious. I'll never read Rand... I don't need to devote months of my life to a 1300 page ego trip.