Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bill's Excellent Adventure

Making fun of Bill O'Reilly is easy sport, but Nicholas Kristof of the Times has issued Mr. Not-Man-Enough-To-Be-On-The-Factor a challenge to accompany him on a trip to Darfur. Apparently, Bill has demurred, not wanting to leave his broadcast because the country would fall apart without his daily guidance. But Kristof assures Bill that technology would allow him to broadcast from anywhere.

So maybe it's the money.

That's why Kristof asked his readers to pony up a few bucks for the trip. Here's what he said in today's NYT:

"You can help sponsor a trip by Mr. O'Reilly to Darfur, where he can use his television savvy to thunder against something actually meriting his blustery rage.

If you want to help, send e-mail to sponsorbill@gmail.com or snail mail to me at The Times, and tell me how much you're willing to pay for Mr. O'Reilly's expenses in Darfur. Offers will be anonymous, except maybe to the N.S.A. Don't send money; all I'm looking for is pledges. I'll post updates at nytimes.com/ontheground.

(Note: pledges cannot be earmarked. It is not possible to underwrite only Mr. O'Reilly's outgoing ticket to Darfur without bringing him home as well.)"

Now I know my thousands of readers (Bill's self-delusion is contagious) would like to help, so go pledge a few bucks to send O'Reilly to Darfur. With any luck, something will eat him.

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