Published by Parcbench, April 2, 2010:
For a guy who prides himself on “looking out for you” and maintaining a very strict “no spin zone”, Bill O’Reilly sure can twist himself into contortions. In his never-ending quest to play it down the middle, Ol’ Bill seems to have forgotten the concept known as standing up for one’s dearly valued principles.
During his March 30, 2010 Talking Points monologue, the self-proclaimed champion of the “folks” apparently overlooked a few facts when discussing left-wing media reaction to Governor Palin’s rousing speech at the Tea Party rally in Searchlight, Nevada. After playing a clip of the event, Bill opined:
“So you can see what’s emerging. The most ardent critics of President Obama are going to be labeled racist and extremist. Ironically, the extremist label is used by some on the right against the president.
Last week’s awful confrontation outside the Capitol where charges that the n-word was used by anti-Obamacare demonstrators signifies how intense this issue has become.
As The Factor reported, there is no proof of any racial invective, but we do believe harsh words were spoken by a few demonstrators.
The Tea Party would be wise to publicly disassociate itself from hateful rhetoric.”
He went on to proudly remind the audience about his clearly unheeded advice to the Tea Party Movement, stating, “Most Americans are not ideologues. They are just folks who want a fair system and a noble country.”
Sigh. Where to begin?
I’m not sure why Bill finds it so “ironic” that people on the right correctly chastise President Obama as an extremist. Since his election, among other dubious accomplishments, he’s spent more taxpayer money than every one of his predecessors from George Washington to George W. Bush; alienated our staunchest ally, Israel; gone on worldwide apology tours on behalf of the USA; appointed radical and unaccountable czars like “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings; and — lest we forget — arm-twisted, threatened and bribed members of his own party into ramrodding a hostile government takeover of one-sixth of our economy with the recent passage of the virulently unpopular piece of legislation known as “Obamacare”.
If it acts like a socialist, walks like a socialist and spouts rhetoric like a socialist, chances are it is a socialist.
Tea Party members — a great number of whom actually did their homework prior to the 2008 election and were thus fully aware of his “spread the wealth” tendencies — are merely stating a fact when they refer to Obama this way. Further, the media’s chosen candidate boldly proclaimed this to be the case just three weeks before his “historic” ascendancy to the Office of the President of the United States of America, thanks to a willingly ignorant, “anyone but Bush” electorate. Quoth the Chosen One, “We are just three weeks away from fundamentally transforming America!”
I don’t know about you, Mr. O’Reilly, but the folks who were paying attention knew exactly what he meant. And many of us were also disgusted by your kid-glove treatment of then-candidate Obama, once you’d sufficiently groveled enough for him to deign to sit down with you for an interview. At least back then we could take comfort in the fact that the adults were still (mostly) in charge in D.C. Those were the days!
Furthermore, there has been zero evidence of any such racial epithets directed at any black members of congress by Tea Party activists. Zilch. Nada.
Have you even bothered to watch the videos that have been posted on sites like Gateway Pundit? Cause if you’d had, you would have noted the presence of a few of these elected leaders openly taunting the crowd from a nearby balcony as if they were actually trying to egg them into shouting unacceptable, bigoted insults. One thing you would not have heard? Even just one utterance of the “N” word. And no, “Kill the Bill!” does not count as “incendiary rhetoric.” Rather it is a pithy (as you are wont to advise us when crafting our communications) metaphor for “We don’t want this onerous legislation, Mr. President and Congress!”
So your “both sides have their crazies” shtick simply does not apply here. Show me the evidence! Andrew Breitbart is still standing by with blank check and pen in hand. Alas, it looks as if the United Negro College Fund will not be the recipient of the new media mogul’s largess, at least not as a conciliatory gesture for something that never took place.
Which brings me to Al Sharpton. Why on earth does The No-Spin Zone give credence to a notorious race-baiter who’s made a lucrative living manufacturing stories of the white man’s inhumanity toward his black brethren? In spite of a lack of evidence in this particular case, just like Talking Points Memo, Al is pretty darned sure some “hateful rhetoric” was spewed that day. He even swears he’s seen the non-existent tape, though for the life of him, he cannot produce one to back up his claim.
My advice when seeking to represent the point of view of black Americans? Book more appearances by people like Kevin Jackson* and Lloyd Marcus, both of whom have been involved with the Tea Party effort from the beginning. As with your interview of Kevin on March 31, 2010, your grateful audience will actually learn something from an intelligent, thoughtful contributor.
As for your belief that “Most Americans are not ideologues. They are just folks who want a fair system and a noble country,” do you suppose said Americans would be OK with the United States Constitution being upheld by all members of our government? Because when you get right down to it, that’s what’s at the heart of the Tea Party movement. We want our leaders to abide by the Constitution, as written and conceived by “noble” men like James Madison. If that makes us “ideologues”, then we are in good company indeed.
And another thing, if you’re going to bring on a bright star like Mary Katharine Ham, would you please allow the woman to complete at least a few sentences? On the following night’s broadcast, Ham was once again given short-shrift in favor of left-wing ideologue, Juan Williams, who had nothing of substance to add to the Tea Party debate. I credit you, Bill, for pointing out the absurdity of Juan’s remarks vis-a-vis the Gadsden flag, but your annoying interruptions of Mary Katharine — who herself seemed justifiably perturbed – did not go unnoticed.
Finally, as angry as I am over your left-right contortions, I do salute you for offering to pay the legal fees for Albert Snyder, father of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, most definitely the act of a patriot. God bless you for your generosity.
Now please dispense with the painful contortions and bring back the No-Spin Zone for real — before you break an arm!
*EDITOR’S NOTE: Bill O’Reilly did have the good sense to have an interview segment with Kevin Jackson the following night. Kevin is the author of The Big Black Lie: How I Learned the Truth About the Democrat Party.