Culture Warrior

Culture Warrior

by Bill O'Reilly

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With three straight #1 bestsellers and more than 4 million copies of his books in print, the most powerful traditional force in the American media now takes off his gloves in the ongoing struggle for America’s heart and soul.

Bill O’Reilly is the very embodiment of the idea of a Culture Warrior—and in this book he lives up to the title brilliantly, with all the brashness and forthrightness at his command. He sees that America is in the midst of a fierce culture war between those who embrace traditional values and those who want to change America into a “secular-progressive” country. This is a conflict that differs in many ways from the usual liberal/conservative divide, but it is no less heated, and the stakes are even higher.
In Culture Warrior, Bill O’Reilly defines this war and analyzes the competing philosophies of the traditionalist and secular-progressive camps. He examines why the nation’s motto “E Pluribus Unum” (“From Many, One”) might change to “What About Me?”; dissects the forces driving the secular-progressive agenda in the media and behind the scenes, including George Soros, George Lakoff, and the ACLU; and dives into matters of race, education, and the war on terror. He also shows how the culture war has played out in such high-profile instances as The Passion of the Christ, Fahrenheit 9/11, the abuse epidemic (child and otherwise), and the embattled place of religion in public life—with special emphasis on the war against Christmas. Whatever controversies are roiling the nation, he fearlessly confronts them—and no one will be in the dark about which side he’s on.
Culture Warrior showcases Bill O’Reilly at his most eloquent and impassioned. He is an unrelenting fighter for the soul of America, and in this book he fights the good fight for the traditional values that have served this country so well for so long.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598954470
Publisher: Findaway World Llc
Publication date: 09/25/2006
Edition description: Unabridged Library Edition
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

BILL O’REILLY, a two-time Emmy Award winner for excellence in reporting, served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition before becoming executive producer and anchor of Fox News’s wildly popular The O’Reilly Factor. He is author of the mega-bestsellers The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, and Who’s Looking Out for You?, as well as The O’Reilly Factor for Kids and the novel Those Who Trespass. He holds master’s degrees from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Boston University.

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Culture Warrior

By Bill O'Reilly

Random House Large Print

Copyright © 2006 Bill O'Reilly
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0375435050

Central Command (CENTCOM) Initial Briefing

At times you have to fight. No way around it. At some point, every one of us is confronted with danger or injustice. How we choose to combat that challenge is often life-defining. You can face difficulties head-on, or run from them, or ignore them until they consume you. But no one escapes conflict. No one.

In my experience of more than thirty years of practicing journalism, I've found that most people do not like to fight. No surprise there. Battle is not only exhausting and dangerous; it also requires skill and discipline to emerge victorious, much less unscathed.

That's why few of us, except for some weirdly self-destructive souls, seek out conflict. In fact, putting yourself at risk goes against our natural impulse of self-preservation. Whenever I've witnessed strife, I've met far more villains than heroes, but both are relatively rare. Most human beings are neither heroes nor villains but decent people who choose to sit things out until pushed beyond a reasonable limit.

For a variety of reasons that I will explain, I have chosen to jump into the fray and become a warrior in the vicious culture war that is currently under way in the United States of America. And war is exactly the right term. On one side of thebattlefield are the armies of the traditionalists like me, people who believe the United States was well founded and has done enormous good for the world. On the other side are the committed forces of the secular-progressive movement that want to change America dramatically: mold it in the image of Western Europe. Notice I did not say anything about "conservatives against liberals." This is not the real culture fight, as I'll make clear. The talk-radio mantra of the left versus the right doesn't even come close to defining
the culture war in America-it is much more complicated than that.

Rather surprisingly, at least to me, one result of my decision to fight in this war has been financial success. Another result has been a measure of fame. Chances are you know who I am and what I do. But you may not understand why I do what I do. That, as they say on TV, is coming up.

The culture war has also made me perhaps the most controversial broadcaster in the country. That hot-button label "controversial" gives my enemies, they think, the right to attack me and my enterprises ceaselessly, unfairly, even dementedly. I truly drive the opposing force nuts! As you may know, I'm engaged in fighting them on a daily basis,
and that warfare is the subject of this book.

Maybe it helps that many of my Irish ancestors were warriors. They lived in County Cavan and fought Oliver Cromwell when he devastated Ireland in the name of the British Commonwealth. They lost that fight. Later, some of them emigrated to America during the great famine of the 1840s. More came later. My paternal grandfather fought in World War I, then became a New York City police officer. He was one tough SOB. I have his billy club in my desk drawer. It was well used. Come to think of it, maybe I was named after that club.

In the next generation's world war, my father was a naval officer and was on the scene during the occupation of Japan. He was by nature a warrior but, in an interesting contradiction, was also frightened by the unknown, the Great Depression having imposed upon my father a fear that he never defeated. Even so, his instincts were to combat injustice and scorn those who ran from necessary conflict. But his reluctance to challenge authority and take chances in his career and life would stifle his potential. I watched throughout my growing years as he was slowly beaten down by the system. The problem was that Dad was very bright and creative, but his job converting foreign currency into dollars was pure drudgery. My father died young, at age sixty-two. Observing him, I vowed never to allow the "system" to beat me or to let any individual push me around as his direct superiors did him.

So far, I'm ahead on that score.

I can tell you truthfully that I never envisioned myself crusading against establishment forces like the New York Times and today's vast armies of far-left and far-right zealots. Coming out of Boston University with a master's degree in broadcast journalism in 1975, I wanted to be one of the Woodward and Bernstein guys. You know, do serious investigative work and right wrongs by exposing corruption. I also wanted to cover war and study human conflict firsthand. In my journalistic career, I succeeded in reaching those goals and count myself very fortunate to have done so.

Then life, as it usually does, presented me with a completely unanticipated opportunity. After having national success on a syndicated program called Inside Edition, I went back to school. And not just any school: At the age of forty-six, I earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. It was while studying in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that I worked up the game plan for The O'Reilly Factor. The rest, to use a cliché, is history.

The Factor concept is very simple: Watch all of those in power, including and especially the media, so they don't injure or exploit the folks, everyday Americans. Never before in the United States had a television news guy dared to criticize other journalists on a regular basis. The late Peter Jennings, a friend, told me I was crazy to do it. "These people will not allow anyone to scrutinize them," he said. "They will come after you with a vengeance."

And so they have.

In fact, not since the late Howard Cosell has an American broadcaster been so roundly vilified in print as I have been over the past decade. "Gasbag," "blowhard," "demagogue"-these are common adjectives used when newspaper writers refer to me. I'm not whining, just stating a fact. Because I criticize what I consider to be dishonest and unfair media, and extremist pundits on both the right and the left as well as corrupt and/or ineffective politicians, there is no shortage of people trying to marginalize me, or worse, destroy me.

Because of the very personal nature of the battle I have chosen to fight, this is a difficult book to write. I don't like to sound bitter, but the truth is, I am bitter to some extent. Although I have won far more battles than I've lost, my life has changed drastically. I am routinely threatened with physical harm and have to employ security. I have to absorb rank defamation in the press, with no legal recourse because I'm a "public figure." My family has also been threatened and I've had to change every aspect of my life. No longer can I behave as a "regular guy" and go out and cut loose with my friends. No longer can I even engage a stranger in conversation-there are too many crazies out there. At work, every call I receive is monitored and every interaction I have has to be witnessed. I am never off the job and am always on guard. Would you want to live that way?

Still, to quote Hyman Roth in The Godfather II, "This is the business we've chosen." And it's true. I don't have to be a culture warrior. I could make millions doing straight anchor work or just writing books. But I'm on a mission, one that I'm going to define for you throughout this book, and the mission is important.

At this point, all the conflict has been worth it. The Factor has changed many things in America and put a horde of bad guys on the defensive and some out of business. Of course, some Americans see me as the bad guy. They are entitled to their opinion. But after ten years of unprecedented success, millions of you understand that my programs are trying to fight the good fight. You know the culture war is serious and needs to be fought honestly and effectively. We do that on The Factor. And we do it with no fear.

In this book I will try to put the war into perspective. I will try to avoid cheap shots and vindictiveness. This is definitely not a "hit" book written in an attempt to destroy certain people. I'll leave that kind of nastiness to smear merchants like Al Franken and Michael Weiner (aka Michael Savage)-people who try to ruin people in order to make money. It would be foolish and a waste of your time to engage the lunatic fringe in these pages, although the temptation is strong. Occasionally, I'll make an example of a smear merchant to demonstrate a point, but I'll keep that sort of thing to a minimum.

My reasoning is simple: Why dignify slander and libel by repeating them in print? Yes, I do truly despise the ideological fanatics, the media vermin who couldn't care less about truth or justice. But you know who they are. I have bigger, more dangerous targets in my sights-establishment players who can change your life with the stroke of a pen, an activist court ruling, or a dishonest article in the press. My goal is to expose and defeat people who have the power to do you great harm. My weapons will be facts and superior analysis based on those facts. It is absolutely fair and vital to democracy to confront people in the arena of ideas. I'll leave the smears to the yapping character assassins. They will destroy themselves. Just wait and see.

Finally, I want to get back to Howard Cosell for a moment. I consider him one of America's greatest sports commentators, as well as a man who was absolutely fearless in the broadcast booth. If you missed Cosell on the air, consider this: At one point, according to a poll taken by TV Guide, he was cited as the most disliked sportscaster in America. . . and also the most well liked. In the same poll! Growing up, I had admired his ability to stimulate discussion and provide a vivid, original point of view. He worked without a script, as I often do now. He shouted (I occasionally do that), and he used an extensive vocabulary never before heard in sports broadcasting. It all made an impression on me. I also noticed that my father despised Cosell but watched him every chance he got, complaining about him while enjoying the controversy he engendered.

Shortly before he died in 1995, after being off the air for about ten years, Howard Cosell granted me a rare interview. At that point, his beloved wife had died and he had turned against most of his friends. He had even bitterly denounced his former Monday Night Football broadcast partners Frank Gifford and Don Meredith in print.

I met with Cosell in his New York City apartment. He seemed to be a lonely guy and had little good to say about anyone or anything. At the end of the interview, he remarked bitterly: "I don't think another Howard Cosell will ever be allowed in the industry, because they don't want the truth. I mean, the public really doesn't give a damn about the

Well, Howard may have been wrong on both counts. Certainly, The O'Reilly Factor is as controversial as anything Mr. Cosell was ever involved with, so today's television industry is open, in some quarters, to strongly stated points of view. And most Americans do want the truth, at least in my experience. My entire presentation is designed to bring you honest information about complicated and important matters (hence the now-famous "No Spin Zone"). Millions of folks are on board with that. In the following pages, we'll continue that mission-bringing the culture war into vivid focus.

One more thing in this initial briefing. We're going to get this culture war over with faster than anyone believes. You've heard of Sun Tzu's The Art of War? This ancient Chinese how-to book has been a bestseller in many different formats, especially to people who want to compete more effectively in business.

"There is no instance," wrote the military sage Tzu, "of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." O'Reilly Tzu agrees (and will have some advice on the subject later on). The culture war must be won quickly and definitively, and the best way to do that is to expose the secular-progressive movement in our country for exactly what it is, to explain why it is so harmful for America, and to identify the movement's top leaders. So here we go.


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Culture Warrior 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In recent years I started to notice the trend that Mr. O'Reilly speaks and debates in this book. Seems that everyday there's a new attack on our Constitution and our traditional way of life. Mr. O'Reilly gives clear examples of these attacks (Christmas, education system, media, judicial system, etc...). This book hopefully will be the wake up call that is needed to fight the SP way of thinking. Culture Warriors be prepared! It will get worse before it gets better. God Bless America!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the latest from the Independent Bill O' Reilly. If you are for the ACLU, are a homosexual or a 'liberal' you wont like this book. If you get offended when you hear the word Christmas, Christians or America you wont like this book. If you are a die hard liberal, clueless,a pacifist, appeaser, you wont like this book. If you dont like the truth you wont like this book. If you hate O' Reilly for his views even though you could never beat him in a debate, dont buy this. Those with open minds and common sense will appreciate the honesty and pragmatism of this book. - Enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill O'Reilly did a good job on his latest book. He kept within his parameters of not bashing or trashing any people whose political views differ from his own (unlike Al Franken and Joseph Minton Amann). He also did a great job discussing the Judeo-Christian and traditional values of the average American. His philosophy is straight forward and worth reading about. All in all, it is a solid book that should be read by liberals and conservatives alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am neither a fan or hater of O'Reily but he has valid points. What I find ridiculous are people submitting bad review ratings for books written by authors they do not like. Liberals tend to act this way. Grow up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author clearly, concisely and factually gives the traditionalist reader the ammunition needed to win the cultural war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for all moderate / conservative Americans. It will open your eyes and make you want to stand up for this wonderful country we live in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for learning how differing ideas are formed and why sides are taken on issues of concern to the population of this country. I learned that the court system and justice system in this country is in bad shape. If I believe all I heard there are courts in this country that only care about their own judges agendas and could care less about our children and their families. It showed that just because someone has limited funds and education we feel they are unable to care for children. they have a right to have those children protected and have justice when they are injured. I was appalled by the story of the 6 year old child that was raped over and over for 4 years and when the case came to the courts the judge gave the perpetrator only a sentence of 6 months to 10 years and suspended the sentence over 6 months. The child was then put in foster care and not even given back to her parents who were portrayed as loving and caring parents. Something is wrong when the welfare and care of the criminal are put above those of a child. The book gives a great insight into the fighting and bickering of the current political system and how much time is spent on fighting about issues of no importance. There is so much name calling and bias showed in public I come to the point that sometimes I don't know who to believe. Who to trust with the description of issues and what the ultimate legislature will be. I thought we had a country of every man is created equal and the right of one are as important as the rights of another. There does not seem to be much compassion or respect now days and I wonder where all of this will end. I am a senior and I really worry about where we will be in my lifetime let alone my grandchildren. We live on a limited income and even the new proposed health legislation will help us in fact all the past efforts with the stimulation monies and changes have done nothing to help us. It appears to us that we are the forgotten part of society.
samohtR More than 1 year ago
the author captivates you with sharing his life experiences and then he puts the cards on the table about whats happening to our america great message a warning thats there factions we must aware of . as result I have out spoken in regards to united states I want my children to grow up in tom romanik
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos, once again, to Mr O'Reilly for exposing the S-P's and what they would like to see America devolve into. As a veteran of our Armed Services, I'd like to thank Mr O'Reilly right back for fighting THIS war, and promote him to Admiral in the media battlefield.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill O'Reilly outlines why he believes the country is in the middle of a war for the future of America. Whether you agree with his analysis or not, this book is definitely worth reading. Bill also sheds some insights on his childhood and how he became the 'Culture Warrior' he is today. He also highlights both successes and mistakes he's made in the ongoing battle between traditionalists and secular-progressives. Contrary to some of the other customer reviews, this book isn't about Democrats vs. Republicans. He even criticizes some conservatives for the tactics they use to illustrate a point (Ann Coulter). Overall, Culture Warrior is an excellent book, and worth reading even if you disagree with his thesis. He really does keep it 'fair and balanced.'
fon_addict58 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved reading it and giving it as a gift to all my conservative friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read, but not a work of non-fiction. If he believes that this is a work of non-fiction, I do not see any end or foot notes to find out where he has found his information. Without checking his facts, this is an opinion book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bill O'Reilly's book reads like a personal diary. He is entitled to his opinions, but he is not entitled to make up facts from those opinions. He stories are reminiscent of the fictitious Walter Mitty, who dreamed of heroic exploits but was in reality a henpecked, fearful and pathetic little man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great book!! this is by far his best work yet. please read this book you will thank me later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time we, the christian right, have a voice in the liberal media. Every year, Christians lose more and more ground on being able to voice our religion. Our society is losing the traditional values that best served our nation. No longer are babies safe from the irresponsible female who needs responsible free birth control. Love thy neighbor is laughed at. Honor thy mother and father is a joke with the secularists. Athiests will not rule this country, 'one nation, under God'!
jayduhon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent, well-researched chronicle written in the indefatigable style that is Bill O'Reilly.
stevetempo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it! You may not agree with Bill O'Reilly but his point of view provides a valuable counterweight to other more dominant view points in todays media. I found his narrative honest, genuine and very positive.
sergerca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you watch Bill every night (as I do) there isn't a lot new here. However, if you're a casual watcher, this consolidates many of the stories he covers and puts his overall culture war theme around them. He writes like he talks, and it's a very quick read. If you don't like him, this won't sway your opinion. If you do like him, it will just boil your blood by seeing much of the trouble this country faces brought togehter in 200+ pages.
alexbook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book very difficult to read, partly because of how strongly I disagreed with many of its points, and partly because of its rambling, egotistical style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No thanks
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VWC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading very much.
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