- Jacob Gardenswartz @ Vox: Bill O’Reilly ridiculed a black congresswoman over her “James Brown wig”.
- Josh Israel @ Think Progress: Congressman who railed against leakers now says it doesn’t matter where info comes from.
- Media Matters: Roger Stone Says He Has “Heard From The President Recently” But Won’t Characterize Their “Communications”.
- Gabe Ortiz @ Daily Kos: Trump appoints anti-LGBT activist to head HHS civil rights office.
- Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Did the White House try to block the former A.G. from testifying?
- Sophia Tesfaye @ Salon: Michele Bachmann’s missing million: Federal elections officials want to know where $1 million from her campaign committee went.
Fox Host Bill O’Reilly downplayed the dangers of anti-abortion attacks claiming he was unable to remember the last time an abortion clinic was attacked by right-wing extremists, ignoring the long history of attacks against abortion clinics.
On the June 21 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly argued with contributor Kirsten Powers over remarks made by CNN’s Van Jones claiming that “young white” right-wing extremists are seven times more likely to kill an American citizen than Muslim terrorists. During his discussion with Powers, O’Reilly dismissed the prevalence of right-wing Christian attacks by asking, “When is the last time a Christian blew up an abortion clinic?”
The National Abortion Federation reports there have been 42 documented cases of bombing or attempted bombings of abortion clinics since 1977. Most recently, in 2005 a man confessed to two deadly bombings at women’s clinics in Georgia and Alabama. After pleading guilty to the crimes, he told the court “abortion is murder.”
From 1977-2014, 6,948 incidents of violence have been reported at abortion clinics, including the Nov. 27deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic that was inspired by false claims that alleged the network of clinics illegally sold “baby parts.”
Reproductive health clinics have faced a surge of violent threats following conservative media’s wave of anti-abortion attacks that tailed the release of the deceptive video that inspired the Colorado shooter.
“In addition, #BlackLivesMatter is also infringing on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” Bill O’Reilly said Wednesday. | Getty
It appears that O’Reilly might be on a “Rile up the Trump supporters with code language” mode in this particular segment…(ks)
The #BlackLivesMatter movement is “killing Americans,” according to Bill O’Reilly.
“How Black Lives Matter is killing Americans: that is the subject of tonight’s talking points memo,” the Fox News host began Wednesday’s show.
He then quickly pivoted to what he described as a “violent subculture” within African American communities.
“The media will not spotlight that much of the violent crime in America is being committed right now by young black men,” O’Reilly said. “Blacks of all ages commit homicide at a rate of 8 times higher than whites and Hispanics combined. Conclusion: There is a violent subculture in the African American community that should be exposed and confronted.”
O’Reilly then accused the #BlackLivesMatter movement of promoting violence and perpetuating a “false narrative” around police shootings.
“Enter the #BlackLivesMatter crew, which roams around the country promoting a false narrative that American police officers are actively hunting down and killing blacks,” he said.
“In addition, #BlackLivesMatter is also infringing on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression,” O’Reilly said, pointing to a video clip of a protester interrupting a speaker at a recent event at DePaul University in Chicago.
The following article appeared in news outlets 3 days ago. But like me, if you didn’t see or hear about this article or simply want to re-watch the video, here it is…(ks)
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In one of the most bizarre segments on Fox News you’ll ever see, Bill O’Reilly sent his interviewer to Princeton to say the word “ghetto” to black students — and it went pretty much as you’d expect.
Jesse Watters, who often interviews people on the street for The O’Reilly Factor, visited the school’s campus and asked students of different races if they were offended by various loaded words and phrases, such as “ghetto,” “black crime,” “slum,” “Islamic terrorism,” and “white privilege.”
“I feel like they should be more careful in their choice of words,” said one black student after Watters asked him what he thought of the word “ghetto,” while another walked away immediately. Watters also told a white student who said she didn’t feel comfortable using “ghetto” to “just try it on for size.”
According to O’Reilly, the segment was inspired by college students who said they didn’t feel safe after seeing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s name pop up on their campuses. “That plays into the concept that college students are very sensitive individuals,” O’Reilly said mockingly.
In the segment, Watters asks students he interviews to try sucking their thumb, apologize for their white privilege, and hug him to feel better. For their part, the students seemed unfazed.
After Watters told a student she got into Princeton because she’s white and a woman, she answered, “And I’m actually kind of upset about that.”
O’Reilly and Watters seemed surprised that the students didn’t cry or kick them off campus at the mere mention of the words. “They didn’t seem as crazy as some of these other college kids, who like, start to cry when they see Donald Trump’s name chalked on a wall or something,” O’Reilly commented after the segment aired.
ThinkProgress has previously documented the history of the false debate around political correctness. “The use of the term ‘political correctness,’ particularly in the Republican presidential primary, does not have a specific definition,” wrote Erica Hellerstein and Judd Legum. “Rather it functions like a swiss army knife — it is the answer to every kind of issue that a candidate might confront. It’s a ‘get out of jail free card’ for bigotry, sexism and lying.”
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THE NATIONAL MEMO
During an appearance yesterday on the O’Reilly Factor, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos was asked by Bill O’Reilly whether he and his network could cover Trump objectively, since they have already denounced Trump’s immigration “plan,” his beloved wall.
When Ramos explains that many in his audience consider Trump to be a racist, O’Reilly pounces: “But that’s a subjective thing!” He proceeds to read Donald Trump’s infamous line about Mexicans from his June campaign announcement.
When Ramos protests, obviously, that Mexican immigrants aren’t inherently criminal, O’Reilly replies, in complete sincerity: “He didn’t say all of them were.”
Ramos, naturally, seems to finds the whole exchange ridiculous: “You have to be tougher on Donald Trump,” he said. “You let him get away with anything.”
“I’m not promoting Donald Trump in any shape or form,” retorted O’Reilly.
His history on this is checkered.
For one thing, O’Reilly has admitted that he has been friends with Donald Trump for decades, which became apparent whenhe tried to persuade the Republican frontrunner to attend the Jan. 28 Fox News debate (he was boycotting because Megyn Kelly embarrassed him in August when she asked him to justify his misogynist comments).
Despite O’Reilly’s assertion that the difference between him and Ramos is that he’s a commentator, not a straight newsman, this is still a major conflict of interest.
Donald Trump has caused plenty of headaches for news anchors, both in and outside of Fox News. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have been accused of being too soft on Trump, Cokie Roberts was reprimanded by NPR was calling him a racist, and prominent political anchors from Jake Tapper to Chuck Todd have been caught struggling to fight against the current of Trump’s continuous lying. Journalists at Breitbart have resigned over the outlet’s overt propaganda for the campaign and Fox News itself was divided on the news organization’s treatment of Trump when he attacked their star anchor, Megyn Kelly.
But Bill O’Reilly, who has his own feud with Megyn Kelly, is being “Fair and Balanced” when it comes to his friend.
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Donald Trump and Bill O’Reilly have a complicated relationship involvingtough questions, baseball games and milkshakes. But things got uncomfortably testy — even by their standards — during an interview immediately following Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Detroit, when Trump suggested that the Fox News Channel host should seek the counsel of a mental health professional.
O’Reilly began by observing that the GOP front-runner looked “tired” — an appraisal Trump rejected — then followed with rapid-fire questions about a speech delivered earlier in the day by Mitt Romney, who excoriated Trump as a candidate, businessman and person. Trump seemed to take the inquiries in stride, at first, before suddenly veering into a passive-aggressive attack.
TRUMP: You’ve become very negative, I do think.
O’REILLY: Me? Why? Why would I do that?
TRUMP: I don’t know. Who knows? You’ll have to ask your psychiatrist. But I think you’ve become very negative.
O’REILLY: Toward you?
Trump avoided eye contact throughout the exchange and seemed to catch O’Reilly off-guard. Trump tried to break the tension by bringing his wife, Melania, into the conversation, but O’Reilly was determined to figure out what was bothering his interview subject.
O’REILLY: I want to get back to this. I think I’ve been very fair to you — very fair.
TRUMP: You’ve been fair, but I think you get a little bit carried away with yourself, frankly.
O’REILLY: You wanna give me an example?
TRUMP: No, I’m not gonna give you an example.
O’REILLY: Come on.
TRUMP: It’s not worth it. We just a finished a debate, which I hear I just won, based on all of the polls. I’ve won a lot of debates. But I really had a good time tonight.
O’REILLY: All right.
O’Reilly then moved on to the prospect of an independent run. But as he closed the interview, O’Reilly — still seemingly surprised by Trump’s sour mood — made a final request: “If I’m being unfair, you come on and tell me; you give it to me, man.”
It sure looked like Trump’s coldness bothered O’Reilly more than anything else — like he could deal with the candidate’s anger but hated the thought that Trump might not even come on his show to express it.
Later, after interviewing the three other Republican candidates, O’Reilly delivered a special message to his viewers.
O’REILLY: My job here is to be fair — to be fair to all the candidates, not to root for anyone. There’s too much rooting, particularly on cable news. All right? There’s a lot of deals made. “Come on my show. I’ll do this, say that, I’ll say this.” We never do that — ever do that. Some guys are mad at me tonight. They’ll be mad at me next week. I can’t help it. What I have to do to you is to show you who the candidates are. … Anyway, we appreciate you — our ratings [are] through the roof. We appreciate you guys watching us every night. We hope you got something out of the debate. It’s done very well by Fox News. And we really appreciate you watching the “Factor” live from Detroit, Mich., tonight. Have a good evening. We’ll see you soon.
It was as if O’Reilly wanted to be sure that all the Trump fans in his audience don’t turn on him — that they understand he has a job to do and is looking out for them. It was actually a Trump-like argument, in the sense that O’Reilly cast himself as something of an outsider who doesn’t play the typical cable news game.
O’Reilly was wildly successful long before Trump ran for president, so it’s probably an exaggeration to say that he needs the former reality star. But there’s no denying that O’Reilly’s uncommon rapport with Trump has been a valuable asset during the campaign. Though he has been hard on Trump, at times — such as when he blasted the real estate mogul’s plan to block all Muslims from entering the United States — he clearly has Trump’s respect. Or at least he did before Thursday’s acrimony.
When Trump briefly boycotted Fox News in September, he ended the hiatus by appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor.” And in January, when Trump announced he would skip a Fox News debate, he nevertheless kept a commitment to be a guest on O’Reilly’s show.
That’s the kind of access no host would want to lose.
Legendary ABC News reporter Ted Koppel has seen a lot of change in the way news is covered during his lifetime – and clearly not all of it is good.
In a fiery interview with Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly, Koppel turned the tables and laid out a scathing indictment on the entire conservative network’s way of doing business. It was beautiful to watch.
O’Reilly attempted to seek advice from Koppel on how best to approach an interview with Donald Trump. The Republican front runner is known for being brash, aggressive and evasive. O’Reilly put it to his former colleague, “Not an easy interview. How would you do it?”
But Koppel wasn’t having the fake sincerity. O’Reilly, and his ilk at Fox, created this monster.
“You and I have talked about this general subject many times over the years. It’s irrelevant how I would do it. You know who made it irrelevant? You did. You have changed the television landscape over the past 20 years — you took it from being objective and dull to subjective and entertaining. And in this current climate, it doesn’t matter what the interviewer asks him; Mr. Trump is gonna say whatever he wants to say, as outrageous as it may be.”
Thanks to people like O’Reilly, who routinely ignore facts to push a right-wing agenda, Trump can get away with saying anything he wants and the gullible Fox audience will eat it up. Facts no longer matter because they’ve been told for years that the truth has a liberal bias anyway.
When O’Reilly ignored the critique, Koppel again went for the throat. He suggested Fox might try to counter Trump, and this might sound crazy to a guy like O’Reilly, “by some reporting.”
“It’s an old-fashioned concept, but I think demonstrating who and what Mr. Trump is and what his policies really amount to is something you don’t do in an interview. He doesn’t answer the questions.”
Letting Trump control the interview doesn’t work. MSNBC tried it with their townhall and it was a complete disaster. Trump is a showman, what he lacks in substance he makes up for in empty bravado. Instead, Koppel told O’Reilly, try actually exposing the truth for once.
It’s refreshing to see someone so unequivocally call Bill O’Reilly out right to his face. It helps that it comes from a long-time veteran of the news business. O’Reilly had hoped to get some tips from the years of experience under Koppel’s belt, but wound up getting way more than he bargained for.
Walls, border patrols and biometric scanners, oh my.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has taken a page from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign playbook, hardening his rhetoric against undocumented immigrants.
Cruz told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday that yes, should he be elected president, his administration would deport all 12 million undocumented people estimated to be in the U.S. and wouldn’t allow them to return.
“We should enforce the law … federal law requires that anyone here illegally that’s apprehended should be deported,” Cruz said. “Of course” he’d look for undocumented immigrants, he said.
Cruz said America would build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, triple the border force and establish biometric entry systems “so we will know the day someone overstays their visa.”
Cruz’ comments represent an escalation in rhetoric from a candidate who rejected the notion of a “deportation force” of “jackboots” just last month, and lambasted the idea after it was proposed by GOP front-runner Trump. Cruz in January said such a policy would reflect “a police state,” adding, “That’s not how we enforce the law for any crime.”
Cruz was pressed on the issue Monday by O’Reilly, who asked if he would seek out fictitious Irishman Tommy O’Malley and deport him for overstaying his visa.
“You better believe it,” Cruz said. “Both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio would allow those 12 million people to become U.S. citizens. I will not.”
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Donald Trump appeared on Fox News on Monday night, only to be embarrassingly stumped by Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly wanted to know if Trump plans on taking military action against Iran if he becomes president, and Trump totally demonstrated his lack of foreign policy knowledge by dodging the question and ranting about things he really doesn’t understand.
“If you’re elected president are you going to take military action against Iran?” O’Reilly asked. “Are you going to do something to that country?”
“Well, I would want to help Saudi Arabia,” Trump replied with what seems to be a reference to Iranians attacking the Saudi Arabian embassy in retaliation against a mass execution the Saudis recently committed on New Year’s Day in which 47 were killed, including a Shiite cleric. “I would want to protect Saudi Arabia,” Trump claimed. “But Saudi Arabia is going to have to help us economically…”
Trump suggested that he might attack Iran if Saudi Arabia offered the right price but remained largely unwilling to say one way or another whether he would get America involved in yet another costly and bloody war in the Middle East.
O’Reilly continued to press Trump for an answer, calling him out for dodging the question.
Trump then went on a tirade against the Iran nuclear deal, calling it a disastrous deal that Iran has already supposedly broken before claiming that Iran will have a nuclear weapon “very soon.”
Clearly, Trump is not aware of the fact that Iran recently surrendered their entire stockpile of enriched uranium to the Russians, which is definitive proof that the Iran nuclear deal is a success because it is doing exactly what it was designed to do.
The Iran nuclear deal stands as one of President Obama’s greatest achievements, and should not be abandoned in favor of war when diplomacy is working. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia is nothing more than ISIS posing as a legitimate nation. They use Sharia law and behead so many people every year that ISIS leaders must be envious. The only reason our government has failed to call the Saudis out for their horrible human rights record is because they control the second largest oil reserves in the world.
This is why it is not only important for the United States to reject military action in the Middle East, we need to become energy independent so that we no longer have to rely on Saudi Arabia for our energy needs. Frankly, the United States government should grow a pair and strongly condemn Saudi Arabia right now for behaving like a terrorist organization.
The bottom line, however, is that Donald Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief. He not only wants to send American troops to die needlessly in Iran, he wants to make Saudi Arabia pay for it. Basically, Trump would turn America into a puppet for the Saudis. But more likely, he would damage relations with both nations and put America squarely in the middle of a potential conflict that could easily turn into World War III.
America does not need more war. We need peace. And as O’Reilly pointed out, voters have the right to know what Trump plans to do, even if Trump thinks they have no right to know at all.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
GOP front-runner refuses to back down after citing bogus crime statistics.
Donald Trump on Monday night defended his retweet of fabricated crime statistics that blamed African-Americans for most of the nation’s murders.
“Am I gonna check every statistic?” the Republican presidential front-runner told Bill O’Reilly on Monday night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.
The phony stats claim African-Americans killed 81 percent of white people. In truth, 82 percent of murders involving white victims were committed by white people, according to the FBI’s 2014 crime data.
“This bothered me,” O’Reilly said of the retweet. “It’s totally wrong.”
Trump was unapologetic.
“I didn’t tweet, I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert and it was also a radio show,” Trump said.
“Why do you want to be in that zone?” O’Reilly asked.
“Hey Bill. Bill. Am I gonna check every statistic?” Trump said. “I’ve got millions and millions of people, @realDonaldTrump by the way.”
“You’ve got to, you’re a presidential contender,” O’Reilly said.
“This came out of radio shows and everything else,” Trump repeated.
“Oh c’mon,” said O’Reilly. “Radio shows?”
“All it was is a retweet, it wasn’t from me, and it did,” Trump persisted. “It came out of a radio show and other places because you see all the names.”
Trump was apparently referring to Wayne Dupree, a conservative radio host tagged in the tweet. However, Dupree said on Twitter he had nothing to do with it:
— Wayne Dupree™ (@WayneDupreeShow) November 24, 2015
O’Reilly told Trump he was looking out for him and “every honest politician.”
“Don’t do this,” O’Reilly advised. “Don’t put your name on stuff like this, because it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you’re a racist. You just handed them the platter.”
O’Reilly also suggested that Trump give up tweeting.
“Give it up for Lent,” O’Reilly said. “Lent is coming soon.”
Watch the full exchange in the clip above.