By Ken Tucker
Updated July 08, 2009 at 07:31 AM EDT

Bill O’Reilly launched a strikingly hostile “Talking Points Memo” attack against Michael Jackson this evening on The O’Reilly Factor. Announcing he was “fed up with the adulation” and “phony platitudes” of the Jackson memorial service, he labeled the sentiments expressed by the participants as “pathetic in the extreme.”

O’Reilly criticizes Jackson for “spending millions of dollars on himself while singing ‘We Are The World.'” Huh? Would O’Reilly say the same thing about other wealthy singers who performed on the original 1985 recording, such as Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan or Paul Simon? I doubt it. What happened to O’Reilly the ardent capitalist? Aren’t we supposed to make and spend as much money as we want in America, and is charity work also “pathetic”?

Did you note that O’Reilly also ridicules CBS’ Katie Couric for interviewing Kenneth Babyface Edmonds? He called their talk “surreal” because… well, as far as I can figure, for no reason other than to sneer at the producer-writer’s nickname, Babyface. Bill O’Reilly thinks it’s “bizarre” for a network anchor to interview an expert on Michael Jackson’s music: Why? He probably could have used an expert on Jackson’s music in his own studio this particular evening.

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