That seems like a rather extreme and senseless reaction. First of all, whether you go by the amount of bombast he possesses or the “extremity” of his veiws, O’Reilly isn’t nearly as bad as some of the other talking heads out there (Hannity, Savage, Coulter, etc.). Second, to want to decapitate people because they say stupid and disagreeable things reeks of fascism. If you don’t like what the Bill O’Reillys of the world have to say, just ignore them and/or mock them from afar.
Yes, it IS possible to be an idiot and have a “college degree.” It’s just a damn piece of paper, nothing more. It does not prove intelligence, nor does it give anyone the right to act as if they are superior to anyone else. I’m with Jaks on this one.
I’ve read a few of O’Reilly’s books and in them he doesn’t come across as especially intelligent or particularly stupid either. He spends a lot more time trying to appeal to common sense, as he sees it, than he does making intellectual arguments. That said, he works within a format - cable news and talk radio punditry - that actively discourages intelligent discussion in favor of soundbytes and shallow insights. So my theory is that he probably isn’t dumb as dirt, but he’s not operating under circumstances which allow him to put what intelligence he does have to use.
From what I’ve read of O’Reilly I’d honestly consider him someone of average intelligence. He isn’t an idiot, but he’s definitely not a particularly bright person either, as evidenced by his frequent embrace of cognitive dissonance. Academic success isn’t necessarily dependent on someone’s ability to think critically. If that were the case almost all of the seats in congress would be empty.
Sean Hannity’s decent into madness has by far been the most entertaining result of the election.