O’Reilly Can’t Remember The Last Time An Abortion Clinic Was Attacked: Here Are A Few Examples

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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.

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Maddow: Fox hosts calling for assault weapons ban ‘unsettling’ for GOP lawmakers

Rachel Maddow discusses gun policy on June 16, 2016. (MSNBC)

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MSNBC Rachel Maddow pointed to Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) quick backtracking on Thursday as a sign that Republican lawmakers are in an awkward position as the gun safety discussion continues after last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando.

“I think the strain is showing a little bit,” Maddow said.

Earlier in the day, McCain argued that President Barack Obama was “directly responsible” for the massacre that resulted in the deaths of nearly 50 people because of his Middle East policy, only to release a statement saying that he “misspoke.”

While it’s uncertain what will happen after Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) filibuster on Wednesday calling for universal background checks on gun purchases, Maddow argued, Republicans are showing signs of disorganization in their response.

She attributed that in part to polling showing broad bipartisan support for the idea — and statements by Fox News hosts Gretchen Carlson and Bill O’Reilly calling for bans on assault rifles.

“That has got to be a little unsettling to Republican elected officials, right?” Maddow asked. “They know they’re against public opinion on this subject. But they count on Republican TV — they count on Fox News Channel to tell them what to think, what to say about it, and how to vote on this issue assuming that conservative media will have their back. If Fox News is a little wobbly on this issue, that’s gonna put Republican elected officials under even more strain.”

WATCH: Fox Host Unexpectedly Declares Support Of Assault Weapon Ban On The Air

WATCH: Fox Host Unexpectedly Declares Support Of Assault Weapon Ban On The Air

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When even Fox News begins to call for gun control, it’s a clear sign that Republicans and the NRA better start compromising.

Gretchen Carlson has been one of the most vocal hosts on the conservative network for years, and she has consistently toed the Republican Party line throughout her years as co-host of Fox & Friends and now throughout her tenure hosting her own solo program.

But in the wake of a domestic terrorist attack that killed 50 people in an Orlando night club this past weekend, Carlson could no longer sit back and be a puppet for the gun nuts, which is why she went totally off script during her show and declared her support for banning assault weapons such as the AR-15 used in the massacre.

“There’s no doubt Omar Mateen was able to kill so many people because he was firing an AR-15,” Carlson said. “A military-style assault weapon, a weapon easier to buy in the state of Florida than buying a handgun. Florida sets a three day waiting period for purchasing handguns, but the state mandates no waiting period for any gun that requires two hands to hold.”

Carlson’s remarks on Florida gun laws appear to be a rebuke of Florida Governor Rick Scott, who not only just offered thoughts and prayers instead of acting to prevent future mass shootings in response to Orlando, he’s the one who weakened Florida’s gun laws over the last five years.

Carlson further justified her stance by pointing out that 58 percent of Americans support a ban on assault weapons.

“Do we need AR-15s to hunt and kill deer? Do we need them to protect our families?” she continued. “I’m in favor of people being able to carry. I think some of these mass shootings would have been less deadly if that were the case.”

But despite her support of Second Amendment rights, Carlson said banning assault weapons is just “common sense” and stated that it is time for Americans to take a stand in order to prevent mass shootings in the future.

“But I’m also with the majority today, taking a stand. Can’t we hold true the sanctity of the Second Amendment while still having common sense?”

89 percent of Fox viewers, however, refused to shake off the brainwashing the NRA has drilled into them over the years by overwhelmingly rejecting passage of a new assault weapons ban.

Here’s the video via YouTube.

America once did have a ban on assault weapons in place, but Republicans let it expire and refused to renew it. And mass shootings have increased ever since.

According to the New Century Foundation in 2012,

In the eight years since the Assault Weapons Ban has expired, there have been 28 mass shooting events. That equals an average of 3.5 a year—an increase of over 200 percent. That is a startling jump, by any measure.

During the ten year duration of the ban between 1994 and 2004, there were 15 mass shootings. In 2015 alone there were at least six major mass shootings that occurred, more depending on what statistics and definition you use. So this is a continuing problem that isn’t going away by praying. It’s going to take action such as the action taken by Australia in 1996. After five mass shootings between 1987 and 1996, the country finally had enough of the carnage and banned assault weapons. There hasn’t been a mass shooting ever since.

But it’s different in the United States. We have a Second Amendment, therefore it is harder to ban guns entirely. However, banning assault weapons isn’t the only change we could demand. We also need better background checks and we need law enforcement to have the ability to ban people from having guns if they are on the terrorist watch list. Had Republicans not refused to do that latter action, perhaps those 50 people would be alive today because Mateen, who was an ISIS sympathizer, would not have been able to legally buy the AR-15 he used to slaughter them.

Gretchen Carlson deserves props for supporting a ban on assault weapons, even though she definitely risks being fired for doing so.

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Fox News Expert: If We Take Terrorists’ Gun Permits They Will Kill Us With Ford Trucks

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In the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday, counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka opined to Fox News that it was pointless to try to prevent terrorists from obtaining gun permits because they could use Ford F-150 trucks as weapons.

Fox News host Bret Baier noted during his coverage of the shooting at a gay nightclub that left at least 50 dead that the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, possessed a Class G statewide firearms license even though he had been placed on a watch list by the FBI.

“He passed everything,” Gorka agreed. “Let’s be really clear about this. We could get a magic wand and the president could make all legally-owned weapons disappear in America, [but] jihadis will keep killing Americans on U.S. soil.”

Gorka pointed to an issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine: “There’s a giant poster on one of the pages that says, ‘Use your F-150 to kill the infidel.'”

“They will kill us with whatever tools they need,” he shrugged. “Pipe bombs are illegal in America, it is illegal to construct a pipe bomb. What did the Tsarnaev brothers do in Boston? Did it stop them from building pipe bombs. It didn’t.”

“So, the idea that legislation or focusing on a tool, a weapon or an explosive is going to mitigate this threat or make it disappear, again, is fantasy land.”

Gorka did not say if he supported the legalization of pipe bombs and other explosives in the U.S.

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Bill O’Reilly: Black Lives Matter is ‘killing Americans’

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“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)  

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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.

Carlson: Glenn Beck ‘acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant’ at Facebook meeting

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Tucker Carlson arrives at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner after party in 2008.

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Daily Caller editor-in-chief and Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson is not happy with how Glenn Beck acted at the Facebook meeting for conservatives this week.

In an interview, Carlson blasted the radio and television host, saying he was sucking up to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that’s not at all what happened. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I’ve ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant — it was awe-inspiring,’ Carlson said. “I don’t know what his agenda is; it’s either he’s looking to put his tanking Web properties up for sale or he just can’t help himself. There’s a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne.”

In April, Beck’s company The Blaze laid off about 40 employees and announced that it was relocating its operations almost entirely to Texas, where it is headquartered. Matt Frucci, whose hiring to run The Blaze’s television operation in New York was announced the same week of the layoffs, quietly departed the company about a week later. In an unsigned post, The Blaze announced a reorganization and said that the changes were made because the company had “grown into a company [Beck] no longer believed in” and urging people to “stay tuned” for the company’s next chapter.

In a post after the meeting, Beck offered up high praise for Zuckerberg and his team, saying he “was convinced that Facebook is behaving appropriately and trying to do the right thing. They were humble, open, and listened intently to everyone in the room.”

But Beck also hit on some of his fellow attendees for asking for what he called “affirmative action for conservatives.”

“When did conservatives start demanding quotas AND diversity training AND less people from Ivy League Colleges. I sat there, looking around the room at ‘our side’ wondering, ‘Who are we?’ Who am I?'” Beck wrote. “What happened to us? When did we become them? When did we become the people who demand the Oscars add black actors based on race?”

Carlson said he was one person at the meeting who brought up increasing diversity at the company, and that Beck’s description was a “total mischaracterization” of what he was trying to say.

“My point was a simple one, which is diversity is deeper than ethnicity,” Carlson said. “You can look different but have the same values. That’s not diversity; it’s conformity. … You want people with different life experiences as a backstop against bad decision.”

Carlson said he “despises” affirmative action but was “making a pretty conventional point.”

“It’s hardly a deep insight. [Beck] turns around and says ‘You’re acting like Jesse Jackson trying to shake down Facebook or demand quotas.’ Which of course is the opposite of what I’m in favor of,’ Carlson said.

A spokesperson for Beck’s company The Blaze did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
UPDATE 7:56p.m.:
In a statement Beck responded to Carlson:

“I have no beef with Tucker or any other progressive Republican, I just disagree with shakedowns of private or publicly traded companies. It is a proven fact – and Small government Conservatives have made the case – that affirmative action, quotas and sensitivity training do not work. The movement on the right is split, just as it is on the left. The left is now choosing between progressives and Marxists while the right must choose between progressives and constitutionalists. There are those who believe winning at all costs is the goal. While I understand the frustration, a Conservative by definition conserves. I don’t believe we wish to conserve winning or affirmative action — I wish to conserve principles over party.”

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Trey Gowdy Screws Up And Accidentally Tells The Truth About Benghazi On Fox

Trey Gowdy Screws Up And Accidentally Tells The Truth About Benghazi On Fox

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During an interview on Fox News, House Benghazi Select Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy admitted that one of the main conspiracy theories fueling the GOP’s Benghazi investigation was false.

During an interview on Fox News, House Benghazi Select Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy admitted that one of the main conspiracy theories fueling the GOP’s Benghazi investigation was false.

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Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) said, “When you see the full transcript, and you will, you will see what Dana was talking about was a very small point. The posture of the troops. The order that was given by Panetta and the President. How that order was received. All of that is what we want to ask people about.Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don’t think there is any issue with respect to that–they couldn’t.”

Republicans have spent the last four years claiming that there was a “stand down order” conspiracy that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Rep. Gowdy screwed up the whole Republican plan when he admitted on Fox that the military could have never gotten there in time to save Amb. Stevens and the others.

Republicans have been claiming that he whole point of the investigation was to get to the truth. It turns out that the truth is in complete opposition to the conspiracy theories that Republicans have been trying to use against Hillary Clinton for years.

If the basis for the Republican investigation has been proven false, whey are they wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on this effort? The answer is that House Republicans are trying to win the presidential election by abusing their investigative powers to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The Benghazi investigation has fallen apart. It has gotten so bad for Republicans that even Chairman Trey Gowdy can’t hide the fact that he has nothing.

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Trump Booster Hannity Runs Special On How “Radical Liberals” Are Worse Than Trump

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Sean Hannity: “Since The Day That Donald Trump Announced That He Was Running For Office … The Left Have Been Trying To Vilify Him”

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Welcome to this special edition of Hannity, “Trump Versus The Left.” Now, since the day that Donald Trump announced that he was running for office, well the left have been trying to vilify him and his positions. Tonight, for the hour, we’re going to show you how radical liberals really compare to Donald Trump.

 

Previously:

Sean Hannity Endorses Trump, Lashes Out At Paul Ryan For “Sabotage”

Hannity: “Best Contribution I Could Make To The Trump Effort” Is To Attack Clinton’s Voice

Hannity Advocates Replacing House Speaker Paul Ryan After He Fails To Endorse Trump

Ted Cruz Blames Fox News For Donald Trump’s Rise

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Cruz called out the network’s executives for turning it “into the Donald Trump network, 24/7.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday suggested Fox News had a role to play in facilitating presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s success and warned that it “will bear that responsibility going forward.”

The former presidential candidate was asked on a conservative radio show in Houston whether he felt he was treated unfairly by Fox News, after he slammed the network’s executives earlier this month for turning it “into the Donald Trump network, 24/7.”

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“Well, listen, there’s time for recriminations. Everyone who was responsible for the rise of Donald Trump, they will bear that responsibility going forward,” he said.

“But there were more than a few players who played a disproportionate role in that rise,” he added, refusing to pin the blame solely on the cable news network.

Before he dropped out of the GOP presidential race last week, clearing the way for Trump to become the presumptive nominee, the Texas senator suggested that executives at Fox News gave Trump wall-to-wall coverage to support his candidacy.

“There is a broader dynamic at work, which is network executives have made a decision to get behind Donald Trump. Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes at Fox News have turned Fox News into the Donald Trump network, 24/7,” Cruz said at a press conference on the eve of the Indiana primary.

“Media executives are trying to convince Hoosiers, trying to convince Americans the race is decided. You have no choice. You are stuck between Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, either one of which is a horrific choice for this country.”

Fox News, as well as other cable news networks, have faced criticism for giving Trump a disproportionate amount of airtime and for leaving his controversial and inconsistent policy proposals unchallenged.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during his interview with Bill O’Reilly on the Fox news talk show “The O’Reilly Factor,” Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, in New York | AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Cruz returned to the Senate this week, and unlike some of his colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has yet to back Trump.

His comments on Thursday suggest he is still not ready to back his party’s presumptive nominee, which could make it difficult for Trump to pick up Cruz’s supporters and for the party to unify ahead of the general election.

When asked to evaluate his own campaign, Cruz praised the evangelicals and conservatives who supported him and made no indication that he plans to endorse Trump soon.

“My one regret is that we came up short. I’m very sorry to have disappointed so many grassroots conservatives who just poured their hearts into this, and I wish the outcome had been different,” he said. “But I have incredible optimism in the future of this country … The conservative movement is strong and thriving.”

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

 

Newt Gingrich Just SLAMMED Romney, Dubya And His Daddy For Being Hypocrites And Babies (VIDEO)

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The actors and actresses of Fox News have received their marching orders and the run to November will officially be the propaganda machine for Donald Trump. That’s how it seems, at least, as hosts align themselves with people like Newt Gingrich, and other hard-core party liners who will vote for whomever has an (R) next to their name. Gingrich vowed his support for Donald Trump as well as his contempt for some party heavy hitters.

After a shot at Mitt Romney for trusting the party voters to deliver the candidate they want, he turned his attention to the two former presidents, George W. and George H.W. Bush. Both of those historical failures have decided that they refuse to support Donald Trump, and nor will they attend the convention to initiate the Fourth Reich. Little brother Jeb has also chimed in that he’ll be on the sidelines as well, as though he had a choice. Jeb was Trump’s first real target. When it worked and Jeb dropped out, pundits everywhere were shocked. Then one by one they fell. All of the party elite; all of the establishment favorites.

The money from the Koch brothers never appeared, because as evil as they are, they aren’t stupid. Donald Trump ran the most effective underdog campaign in history by loaning himself money and going out and getting free press. Trump used the Republican Party and the agenda of fear and hate they’ve fostered for far too long against them like a champ. The uneducated bigots crawled out of the woodwork to demand the country be great again and (insert required amount of rhetoric and lies).

As the stupidity gained steam and made its way towards a downhill run to Cleveland, the party began to fracture. The pledge they made Trump sign now makes them look like massive hypocrites. What they’re left with are fights of the magnitude of Gingrich versus Bush:

Charles Topher