No Scroll Zone: Bill O’Reilly slams Apple iPod

“Apparently sparked by the PlayStation 3 launch, conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly took off after video game culture and digital technology generally in yesterday’s Radio Factor,” GamePolitics reports. “The controversial talk show host, who advertises his program as a ‘no spin zone’ offered the following spin on Apple’s iPod:”

I don’t own an iPod. I would never wear an iPod… If this is your primary focus in life – the machines… it’s going to have a staggeringly negative effect, all of this, for America… did you ever talk to these computer geeks? I mean, can you carry on a conversation with them? …I really fear for the United States because, believe me, the jihadists? They’re not playing the video games. They’re killing real people over there.

Full article here. allows users to click an Apple iPod for information about how to become a “Premium Member” to enjoy audio podcasts, backstage video podcasts, and photos of Bill O’Reilly on your iPod. Also included are links and instructions for adding O’Reilly’s podcasts to Apple’s iTunes. More info:

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  1. Was this a stupid, hypocritical thing for hin to say? Yep. But I think he’s trying (and failing) to make a different point. It’s not iPods per se that he really wants to attack (after all, are there really 70 million geeks in America- are they the ONLY ones buying iPods?). I think he meant to make a point about complaicency. About life being too comfortable and not dealing with the “important” issues of the day. About not having the stamina to stand up to fascism no matter what the cost.

    Personnally, I think that may be true. But to make that arguement using iPods as a scapegoat is absurd.

    Just my $0.02 worth..

  2. I wouldn’t exactly call that “slamming” the iPod, sounds like he is more worried about the gamer trolls that have no lives (which after watching the frenzy over the PS3 and Wii this weekend, I’m not so sure I really blame him for that).

    Either way, virtually all these political types (both conservatives and liberals too) are total techno idiots. I totally ignore anything they ever say regarding technology.

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