Who knew Jennifer Aniston still had this much clout? On Tuesday, Bill O'Reilly summoned his inner culture-warrior for a segment on Jennifer Aniston's parenting philosophy. He was upset because in a recent interview Aniston promoted the idea that women "don't have to settle with a man just to have a child." O'Reilly admonished her for "diminishing the role of the dad":
Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad. OK? And Dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, I believe, under emphasized.
went on to moderate a pretty exhausting discussion about how Aniston is
negatively influencing 12-year-old girls. Now, enter Keith Olbermann,
who managed to make a bad cable TV moment even worse. On his show Wednesday
night, Olbermann connected O'Reilly's remarks to physical abuse he may
received as a child:
If you've read Marvin Kitman's biography of O'Reilly, it's pretty simple. Virtually every reference O'Reilly makes to his own father describes how the man hit, slapped, punched him. As Kitman put it, simply, O'Reilly has a history of physical abuse with his father. It is actually very sad.