What’s one way of picking up new English words in the media? Perhaps watching the O’Reilly Factor will help?
Bill O’Reilly is one of the USA’s most well-known current affairs hosts, fronting his own programme weekdays on Fox TV, although he is also unpopular in some circles.
News becomes opinion
If reading the New York Times or watching NBC and MSNBC gives you the point of view of the Democratic Party, and the voice of President Obama, then Fox and Bill O’Reilly provide an opposing view. Some commentators on Fox are actually current or former Republican Party politicians, and they are adept at reporting on the failings or perceived failings of the Obama administration.
It’s not my job to tell you where ‘the truth’ is, but I will ask:
Can watching Bill every day on the internet help with your English?
I think so!
Check this video out – at the start of each day’s programme, he gives his own take on the news, which features the main ‘talking points’ commentary on the right hand side of the screen.
So you can watch this firstly as a listening exercise, and then double-check some of the vocabulary from the written commentary.
“A brutal embarrassment for the USA”
I thought Wednesday night’s talking points memo, following the murder of an Australian sportsman in Oklahoma, was interesting. In the same week that some Left-wing commentators are calling for a boycott of the Olympics in Russia following laws apparently designed to oppress gay people, it was a former conservative Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, who called for us Aussies to boycott the USA to protest the Americans’ gun laws.
What do you think? Should Australians boycott American products and not travel there as an active protest against US gun laws?
As the discussion has moved forward, most Fox commentators are saying that this crime comes about as a result of the broken American home. That is, that the family as an institution is falling apart, creating a new underclass in society. For example, one of the alleged killers’ has a mother behind bars, while another allegedly involved has a 15 year-old girlfriend who is pregnant.
What do you think? Are these crimes taking place because many teenagers come from broken homes? If so, how does it compare with your country and what can be done to get people out of trouble and poverty?
The Daily Show is a good laugh, and often mocks politicians and the media, especially CNN and Fox.