Thursday, 4 June 2009

O'Reilly smack-down.

Earlier this week I offered the opinion that O'Reilly would turn down the volume on the inflammatory words he expressed towards Dr Tiller, before his public assassination.

I was wrong. This is what happened:
O'Reilly had the opportunity to apologize for his words, and he didn't. He had the opportunity to say that this tragic outcome was something about which he felt sorry. He didn't. When restraint and perspective were called for, he fanned the flames higher. In fact, on his June 1 "Talking Points," he played the martyr, saying his critics were seeking to stifle any criticism of "people like Tiller -- that and hating Fox News is the real agenda here." On his show the next day ... he again called a murdered man "Dr. Killer."

Those are the observations of Mary Alice Carr, vice president of communications for NARAL Pro-Choice New York. She was invited by the producers to appear on O'Reilly's show; she said she would not and explained:

" ...when an O'Reilly producer called and asked me to come on the show to 'discuss the reasons why women have late-term abortions,' I held fast to my pledge. I told his producer what I thought: that I had had that conversation on air with O'Reilly five years earlier and that he agreed with me at the time that the decision was between a woman and her doctor. That O'Reilly then went on to pretend we had never talked about it and continued condemning women and doctors.

That the nation and those of us in the pro-choice community are reeling from the murder of a doctor who helped women. That we hold O'Reilly responsible for helping to create a climate in which hate was allowed to fester. That I refused to dignify his irresponsible behavior, not to mention his deplorable reaction to Tiller's shooting."

Although Carr had second thoughts, eventually she came to this conclusion:

"What an opportunity, I thought, to sit across from O'Reilly and call him out for what he has done and where his responsibility lies. To speak for everyone in America who is hurt and scared and angry. I have never been a Fox News hater; clearly, I've used the show for the benefit of my movement and my organization, and I've answered his questions on some of the toughest issues around. Didn't I have the right to also call him out for his speech?

But then I realized I just couldn't. Because if the murder of a man in a house of worship wasn't enough to make Bill O'Reilly repent, what hope did I have?"

1 comment:

Oemissions said...

Right on!Sister!

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