Ford Spokesman Calls Bill O'Reilly a Moron (unofficially)

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
ford spokesman calls bill o reilly a moron unofficially

There’s a big brouhaha brewing between an organization called Think Progress (TP) and Fox News Analyst Bill O’Reilly. After Billy Boyz ambushed Managing Editor Amanda Terkel, TP is urging advertisers to pull their ads from Billy’s show. Here’s a response from a Ford spokesman who wasn’t spoking on behalf of Ford, but felt free to use FoMoCo’s imprimatur:

Thanks for the heads up. And while I agree with you about the rantings of the hopelessly pig-headed Mr. O’Reilly, recognize that I am just an innocent bystander in this email letter silliness. I work at Ford and support Ford, but have no idea how the decisions are made on where we advertise. Frankly, as a mainstream company, we advertise everywhere there are good ratings. That is not an endorsement of the show — that is recognition that people are watching the show. Don’t know why they watch that mindless ranting. But they watch in droves. Welcome to America, I guess.

Anyhow, the email campaign is just goofy. The 500 or so notes I am getting an hour are automatically deleted thanks to a simple program in Microsoft Outlook. Form letters are just annoying and easy to get rid of. So no real harm.

I saw the tapes of O’Reilly ambushing Hertzberg of the New Yorker a few month back. It demonstrated how moronic O’Reilly really is. I still read Hertzberg weekly in the New Yorker. And I never, ever watch Bill O’Reilly. Don’t know when he is on. Don’t care. And that’s how you get rid of a show, stop watching. When the ratings dive, the advertisers will leave. The network will kill it off. If we pull our advertising, others will simply pick up the empty spots, and happily so. The show will go on. Sadly.

I might suggest you consider another tactic though. The silly form letters are just annoying and easy to delete. Best of luck. If I had more time, I’d visit Too
busy trying to get Ford back on its feet though. That is important.
What Bill O’Reilly does or says is not important.

– spokesman Mark Schirmer, 3/25/09, speaking for himself and not on behalf of the Ford Motor Company

UPDATE [from TP]: Mark Truby, Director of Corporate Communications at Ford
Motor Company, tells ThinkProgress over the phone on 3/25/09, Shirmer’s
 “comments don’t represent the view of Ford Motor Company.”

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  • Lokki Lokki on Mar 30, 2009
    Yawn. Wake me up when someone says something about cars.

  • JohnB JohnB on Mar 30, 2009

    Let's see, Europe brought the world Totalitarianism, Communism, Marxism, Socialism, Collectivism, Feudalism, Anti-Semitism, and lots more... Plenty of reasons for real Americans not to care what the current Euro-Nannies think...

  • Scott ?Wonder what Toyota will be using when they enter the market?
  • Fred The bigger issue is what happens to the other systems as demand dwindles? Will thet convert or will they just just shut down?
  • Roger hopkins Why do they all have to be 4 door??? Why not a "cab & a half" and a bit longer box. This is just another station wagon of the 21st century. Maybe they should put fake woodgrain on the side lol...
  • Greg Add me to the list: 2017 Sorento EX AWD w/2.0 Turbo GDI 68K miles. Changed oil religiously with only synthetic. Checked oil level before a rare long road trip and Ievel was at least 2 quarts down. That was less than 6 months after the last oil change. I'm now adding a quart of oil every 1000 miles and checking every 500 miles because I read reports that the oil usage gets worse. Too bad, really like the 2023 Tuscon. But I have not seen Hyundai/Kia doing anything new in terms of engine development. Therefore, I have to suspect that I will ony become a victim of a fatally flawed engine development program if I were to a purchase another Kia/Hyundai.
  • Craiger 1970s Battlestar Galactica Cylon face.