Thursday, December 16, 2004

Google Bomb O'Reilly

Google 'coward' and there's no Bill O'Reilly; considering 4 of the first 6 sites are for Noel Coward, maybe it's time to "Google bomb" Bill O'Reilly with 'coward'. I take my cue from this Letter from David Brock to Bill O'Reilly (via Oliver Willis):
You once offered your viewers your definition of the word "coward." On the January 5, 2004, O'Reilly Factor, you declared: "If you attack someone publicly, as these men did to me, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward."

Well, Mr. O'Reilly, you have attacked me publicly on numerous occasions, and you refuse to face me. You, sir, are a coward -- by your own definition of the term. You are "hiding under your desk" (to paraphrase your August 26, 2003, claim about a "coward" who declined to appear on your show) rather than allowing me on your program to discuss your insults. You are "gutless," to borrow the phrase you used on January 10, 2003, and February 8, 2001, to describe people who would not appear on your program. I attach additional examples of your pejorative descriptions of those who decline invitations to appear on your broadcast.

Your frequent complaint that your words are taken out of context appears to have spurred your recent assault on my organization. While reasonable people can disagree about conclusions we, or you, have drawn about your comments, you are simply wrong to say that we took you out of context. I remain willing and eager to appear on either your television or radio program to discuss your contention that my organization has taken your comments out of context.

Should you continue to refuse this offer, it is only reasonable that the American people will conclude that you are not only -- as you would put it -- a "coward," but a hypocrite as well.

For those of you unfamiliar with the 'Google bomb', it's quite simple. Whenever you type 'coward' into your site, you hyperlink coward to Bill O'Reilly's site (if you put your mouse over every instance of 'coward' in this post, look at the bottom left corner of your browser and you'll see that it's linked to Bill O'Reilly's site). With enough bloggers linking coward to O'Reilly's site, whenever someone types coward into a Google search, O'Reilly's site will come up as the first result.

Go to it!

UPDATE: Bumblebums suggested in comments on my DKos diary that we should Google Bomb Bill O'Reilly by linking his name to 'coward' on the M-W Dictionary site, i.e. link every instance of 'Bill O'Reilly' to the definition of 'coward' listed on that site. Superb idea.


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