So Barry Nolan, the former host of Hard Copy, has popped up to bluster that it's "morally unacceptable" for Bill O'Reilly, the former host of Inside Edition, to get a local Emmy honor because he's a "mental case" and a bad example to budding TV journalists.
"I'm appalled, just appalled," Nolan tells tells The Boston Herald. "He inflates and constantly mangles the truth... and his frequent target is the ‘left-leaning’ media-- the ones who do report the news fairly. And those are the same people who will be sitting in the room honoring him.”
Barry, who's now settled in Boston where he performs on a word quiz show carried on National Public Radio, was always an amiable if a bit pompous chap who'd brag that he was a Mensa member and was elevated to the Hard Copy gig because his solid looks and acting experience allowed him to inhabit the "anchor role." But he never really "got it" when it came to tabloid, and his O'Reilly campaign shows that he still doesn't "get it."
Barry's lack of a clue is revealed not only in his claim that the "left-leaning media... do report the news fairly." In what's probably meant as a witty Bostonian coup de grâce, he really blows it when he says he'll not only attend the local Emmy bash next month, but is inviting O'Reilly's TV nemesis Keith Olbermann as his date.
As everyone in the industry knows, Olbermann, who was a Brylcreemed local sportscaster while Nolan and O'Reilly sold the tabloid revolution, is a bonafide mental case.
We could write a book about the post-tabloid career of the producers, reporters and hosts of the past television era (and, in fact, we sort of did), because most of the ones who soldiered the revolution slipped quietly into a new landscape that was irrevocably changed by their unheralded work. O'Reilly is one of the few prominent tabloid television veterans to go on to even greater prominence. So whether you like the guy's TV persona, or agree with his politics (and we have our issues with O'Reilly), you've got to hand it to him.
"Appalled? Just appalled? Morally unacceptable?" Sheesh. Barry. What are you, some former writer for the LA Times or something?