Lesley Savage
August 11, 2010 AT 07:53 PM EDT

Oh boy, now she’s done it. While doing press for her upcoming movie The Switch, in which she plays a woman who gets artificially inseminated in order to start a family on her own, Jennifer Aniston, 41, noted that women don’t necessarily need a man to have a baby, saying, “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child.” And like an attack dog who catches the scent of a wounded bunny, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly went on the offensive on The O’Reilly Factor, saying amongst other things: “She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, ‘Hey you don’t need a guy. You don’t need a dad.’ That’s destructive to our society.” (Watch the clip below.)

Am I the only who flashbacked to Dan Quayle and Murphy Brown? For Aniston’s part, she’s got to be pretty sick of hearing people comment on her personal life (her reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment about O’Reilly’s remarks). And most people realize that while her life in some ways may imitate art, she made those comments in the context of promoting her film about a single woman wanting a baby. She was not announcing that she was going to have a baby on her own right that second and to hell with men. But then, it’s Bill O’Reilly’s job to make a lot of noise, and accusing a Friend of diminishing the role of the poor, “underappreciated” dad certainly accomplishes that.

What do you think PopWatchers, was Bill O’Reilly just doing his job? Is he brilliant for dragging a Friend on the air? Are you sick of hearing about Jennifer Aniston being single and alone? I certainly am.

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