5.23.2006

Please, Bill O'Reilly, Boycott Me

It had to happen. Bill O’Reilly, Papa Bear himself, has taken on Mexico.

In response to Mexico’s foreign secretary saying Mexico reserved the right to file a lawsuit against the U.S. if its citizen’s rights were abused by the National Guard, O’Reilly huffed, and he puffed, and intoned:
OK, then, Mr. Secretary, here’s a no-spin message right back to you: If the Mexican government files one lawsuit in the U.S.A., one, pertaining to the National Guard, I will call for a total boycott of Mexican goods and no travel to your country. ..So once again, any action by the Mexican government that impacts border security and the U.S.A. will be met with a boycott call. And if you don’t believe me or you think it doesn’t matter, Mr. Secretary, why don’t you give the French ambassador a call? He’ll fill you in.
See, back in 2003 O’Reilly called for a boycott of France. He cites its "success" whenever he gets on his megalomaniacal soapbox. Like when he threatened a Canadian boycott after Canada debated on whether or not to extradite deserters from the U.S. Military:
O’REILLY: Now if the [Canadian] government—if your government harbors these two deserter [sic], doesn’t send them back … there will be a boycott of your country which will hurt your country enormously. France is now feeling that sting.

[Toronto Globe and Mail columnist Heather] MALLICK: I don’t think for a moment such a boycott would take place because we are your biggest trading partners.

O’REILLY: No, it will take place, madam. In France …

MALLICK: I don’t think that your French boycott has done too well …

O’REILLY: ...they’ve lost billions of dollars in France according to “The Paris Business Review.”

MALLICK: I think that’s nonsense.
Someone give Mallick a prize! It was nonsense on two fronts:

1. There is no such magazine as the Paris Business Review. It simply does not exist.

2. French exports to the U.S. since 2003 have done nothing but go up.

French Exports to the U.S.:
2003: $17.1 million
2004: 21,263.3 million
2005: 22,402.2 million
So, Mexico, hope and pray that O’Reilly boycotts you. It will do wonders for your economy.
Now if I could just figure out a way to have Bill boycott me. I could use the money.
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