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View Diary: Yep. Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Traditional Marriage Advocate, Recently Got a Nasty Divorce. (206 comments)

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  •  2/3 of people don't divorce -- remarkable! :-) (4+ / 0-)

    The cycle has spun so far for so long (50 years?), that among progressives we now seem to have a problem accepting that happy, monogamous, heterosexual marriage is a great thing, and a wonderful environment in which to raise children ("not that there's anything wrong with other environments" per the de rigeur disclaimer).

    There are many reasons why Bill O'Reilley's infidelity, sexual harassment of one of his employees (per the "loofah" saga), and general boorishness are issues of public concern. These include his hypocrisy, his bullying of others, his enforcement of a conformity that he can't live up to, etc.

    I think one of the reasons the recent diary about the death of a Jewish family friend reached the Rec list here, is its happy portrayal of two lifelong marriages. We so seldom celebrate 'traditional marriage' and 'family values' here among progressive circles; indeed, the phrase 'traditional' is so often mocked. (Yes, I understand the reasons for this, please don't condescend.) A real sign of maturity and our own real acceptance of (what were once called) 'alternative' lifestyles will be when we celebrate 'tradition' with equal praise and enthusiasm.

    It's precisely because Bill O'Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh (divorced three times), and Newt Gingrich (divorced twice), et al. do not promote family values, despite their bullying-rhetoric, that their personal lives are fair game for critique.

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