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O'Reilly Tried Out his Pro-Terrorism Line First

Reported by Judy - November 12, 2005

Before going wholly insane on his radio show Tuesday, Bill O'Reilly tried out his invitation to terrorists to bomb San Franciso the night before (November 7, 2005) on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor."

O'Reilly's guest was former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Angela Alioto, with whom O'Reilly was discussing the issues on Tuesday's ballot pertaining to banning handguns and discouraging military recruitment in high schools.

O'Reilly asked Alioto: "Why should we protect you from al Qaeda and terrorists if you're going to disrespect the military by passing this, even though it's symbolic, resolution?"

Today's San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Alioto about the experience for a story in today's editions. Alioto said she was thrown off by O'Reilly's question.

After trying out the line and not being smacked down by the opposition, O'Reilly rolled out a new version of it the next day on the radio, this time as a statement rather than a question.

It's time for the folks at Fox News and Westwood One to rein in O'Reilly. He is so infatuated with the sound of his own voice that he can't keep track of when he crosses the line between legitimate political criticism and inciting terrorism against people with whom he disagrees.

And for what? For parents exercising their rights as parents to limit their children's exposure to a one-sided attempt to recruit them for war. The military recruiters will be pitching college education benefits for being in the military, without disclosing what going through war means. Military recruitment in schools, absent any balancing information, is something parents should be able to say no to without finding themselves in the cross-hairs of terrorists.

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