Tesla's latest (and perhaps greatest) endorser: Bill O'Reilly

Having just one year ago said it was a waste of taxpayers' money, the Fox News icon lavishes garlands on Elon Musk's car.

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Priceless to Tesla? Aymon LaForge/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

One of the great reassurances in our troubled world is that there are a few people who are always right.

Bill O'Reilly is one of those people. He's someone with whom you always want to be in a fox (news) hole.

Whether it be politics or personal relationships, America constantly turns to the great man and benefits from his Factor.

So I am delighted to hear that O'Reilly has gone green. Yes, he's still skeptical about global warming and climate change.

However, he said at the end of his Talking Points Memo on Monday: "I'll give you one concrete thing that all responsible people should be rooting for."

Was he about to say "Ted Cruz"? Was he going to offer "My soon-to-be-announced-run-for-president"? Oddly, no.

Instead: Tesla.

It seems that O'Reilly's viewers might not have been aware of this fine and beautiful brand.

He has to explain: "It doesn't use gas! No gas at all!" Yes, it's just like the very best TV pundits.

"That car, in the next few years could be available to millions, at a decent price," he continued.

"And it's made from discarded garbage cans," I wish he'd said.

Then, his voice rising as if speaking to construction workers at the top of a skyscraper, he declaimed: "So everybody on the planet should be rooting for Tesla. Everybody. Even the traditional car companies that will have to compete."

The goal: cleaner air, thicker wallets and GM making cars people really want to buy.

Of course, in order to create a sense of fair balance, O'Reilly added: "Many in the green lobby are self-righteous, arrogant, and dumb." Surely few could argue with that.

And I certainly wouldn't want to remind anyone that a Fox News pundit said in 2011 that Tesla was in a huge financial mess. Not even if it was Bill O'Reilly.

But it's uplifting to see a general consensus that Tesla is quite a good thing. This is living proof that all sides can work together toward a common goal and that people from all sides can have taste.

 

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