Worse, O’Reilly is a “populist” who looks out for the little guy against the rich and powerful capitalists. Say Anything and Cafe Hayek have a transcript in which O’Reilly, showing his titanic ignorance of economics, takes credit for lower gas prices:
CAVUTO: Okay. Gas prices are down a lot. Why do you think that is?
O’REILLY: Because they’re afraid they’ll go to jail. And those C.E.O.s who manipulated them–
CAVUTO: Why are you sure that they manipulated them?
O’REILLY: I have guys that are inside the five major oil companies - my father used to work for one of those oil companies, by the way - who have told me that in those meetings they look for every way to jack up oil prices after Katrina, every way. When they didn’t have to. And they got scared because in my reporting and some other reporting, they said –
CAVUTO: Wait, you’re taking credit for gas prices being down?
O’REILLY: My reporting and reporting of others.