Talk about walking into the lion’s den! I’m not sure this is such a good idea on Richard Dawkins’ part. The problem, of course, is that Bill O’Reilly blusters and yells and doesn’t let guests that he doesn’t like talk. I have to wonder if Dawkins knows what he’s in for. Even though he’s almost certainly capable of handling a bully when both are on equal terms, O’Reilly controls the microphone and the show; he won’t tolerate being slapped down the way he deserves. Being on The Colbert Report (basically a parody of Bill O’Reilly, for those few who aren’t familiar with it), as Dawkins was last fall, isn’t the same thing as subjecting oneself to the real thing. The best that can happen is that Dawkins manages to overcome these problems and mildly slap down O’Reilly, a pyrrhic victory at best (whoopee! Dawkins embarrassed a demagogue!), while the worst that can happen is that O’Reilly’s typical “spin” will drown out Dawkins’ message and, worse, make him look bad. I see no realy up side to Dawkins’ going on O’Reilly’s show.
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