Boy, watching this video from Bill O’Reilly’s show yesterday, you might get the sense that San Francisco is all about nudity, marijuana, crazy fashion, peculiar ballot measures, homelessness, quality of life transgressions, sympathy for illegal immigrants, opinionated street people, and — generally speaking — an unwholesome spirit of sex, drugs and rock and roll that blankets the entire city like perpetual fog. I mean, really, Bill O’Reilly? Do you really think…uh…um…hmm… Well okay. But they treat it like it’s a bad thing.

Sort of brings to mind this bit of Woody Allen dialogue from Annie Hall:

“Don’t you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here.”

Best part of the Fox video: Bill O’Reilly extending this invitation to San Francisco sheriff Michael Hennessey: “We’ve invited him many times, he won’t come on, but we’d love to talk to him ” — less than a minute after Fox producer Jesse Watters called Hennessey “a real coward.”



Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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