My biggest complaint is that he is so woefully uninformed about what he talks about, and that he doesn't care. He admits as much in his memoir, "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity," saying he doesn't spend his time learning the arguments of the other side, he just "leads a strenuous life."
And it really comes through when he talks about things like social justice. He's brought up this term a number of times since Barack Obama became President, most recently on Tuesday. Each time he has made it sound like something that someone from on high imposes like a commandment or law. (As an aside, why would anyone be against imposing justice of any kind?)
When blogging on O'Reilly's disparaging of social justice, Matthew Warner of the National Catholic Register at first criticises O'Reilly for not knowing what the word means (O'Reilly himself is a Catholic), but then defends his ignorance by blaming O'Reilly's favorite enemy, "the far left," for "reduc[ing] 'Social Justice' to being synonymous with the coerced redistribution of wealth."
But even people who were lifelong advocates of social justice, who strived for it their entire lives have been criticized for it.
Saul Alinsky is one example. Saul Alinsky fought for better workplace conditions, better prison conditions, better wages for factory workers and a wide array of other causes. And his book, "Rules for Radicals" is a book that O'Reilly, and others, have condemned as a blueprint for what the Obama administration will do.
Alinsky didn't want to change America into a "far-left bastion" and he didn't hate "traditional Americans." Alinsky didn't think of the world in terms of "left" and "right" he thought of it in terms of "haves" and "have-nots." As he wrote in the introduction to "Rules": "The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
Bill O'Reilly didn't read the book, and he doesn't care what Alinsky had to say, nor what "social justice" really means. And he's taken to be a serious and intelligent commentator...why?