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Bill O'Reilly's Very Telling Freudian Slip

Reported by Marie Therese - October 5, 2005

During an interview last night [10-4-05] on the O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly made a doozy of a slip of the tongue. The topic was racism in America, precipitated by Bill Bennett's racially insensitive remarks a week ago. His guest, Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in San Francisco, scored some real points in defense of his fellow African-Americans. However, it was O'Reilly's astounding slip that caught my attention. He said: "Let's get on to O. J. Simpson because we only have two minutes and this is very interesting to me. ... I think it's collective wisdom that the man did kill the two AMERICANS (my emphasis), his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman."

The implications of this slip are staggering. It indicates that on a deeply subconscious level Bill O'Reilly does not believe that O. J. Simpson is an American.

No matter what your personal opinion of the final verdict in his murder trial, O. J. Simpson is now, always was and, we assume, will remain a citizen of this country.

First George Bush called New Orleans "that part of the world."

At the same time, the media, especially FOX News, spread false rumors of looting, rape and murder in New Orleans. FEMA and the Red Cross cowered in their corners, afraid of the mythical black man with a gun at large in an undefended city!

Then Bill Bennett casually made his "abort black fetuses" argument.

Now in his own words Bill O'Reilly reveals that to his mind O. J.'s white wife and her white friend, Ron Goldman, were Americans but Mr. Simpson is not.

Does anyone detect a pattern here? Katrina made mincemeat of the GOP's carefully orchestrated campaign to win over black voters, which means they don't have to maintain the facade of racial sensitivity any longer. Perhaps we are witnessing publicly sentiments and attitudes that people like O'Reilly heretofore expressed only in private?

After all, why bother being nice to people who won't vote for you?

It is astonishing to me that O'Reilly's slip of the tongue seems to indicate that he, the son of Irish immigrants, considers himself more American than a black man or woman whose ancestors' blood, sweat and tears built this country!

What unmitigated gall!

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