O'Reilly: It Was Just a "Satirical Riff" And, Oh Yeah, Just to Set the Record Straight, San Franciscans Who Voted Against Recruiting Are Traitors
Reported by Marie Therese - November 14, 2005
Tonight, an unrepentant and thoroughly obnoxious Bill O'Reilly defended his inflammatory remarks about San Francisco as "a satirical riff." To hear Mr. O'Reilly tell it, he's as pure as the driven snow, San Francisco is a hotbed of anti-American activity, Mayor Gavin Newsom is a sniveling coward and progressive websites (like News Hounds), who have called for him to be fired, will be "outed" on BillOReilly.com.
At 8:00 PM EST tonight, O'Reilly launched into a Talking Points Memo entitled "San Francisco Blues." Here it is, complete with shabby bravado and the usual dollop of righteous self-pity.
O'REILLY: Hurt feelings in San Francisco. That is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo. As you may know, voters in San Francisco by a 59 to 41 margin chose to oppose military recruiting in public schools there, including colleges. The vote is flat out disrespectful, in my opinion, to the American military which is doing a magnificent job protecting us from terrorists and fighting to bring freedom to people in Iraq. Now, you may not agree with the Iraq War but disrespecting the military is disgraceful. So, on the Radio Factor I called San Franciscans on their vote:
Begin AUDIO CLIP, Radio Factor, 11-8-05:
O'REILLY: "I hate to be pickin' on you guys in California. I hope you don't take it personally. One lady did yesterday. It isn't about you, the individual Californian, it's about how crazy your state is. In San Francisco they're voting on two initiatives. One would ban military recruiting. Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not gonna give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the President of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little Presidential podium, and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not gonna get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead." END AUDIO CLIP.
And then I went on to do a satirical riff with a serious point. Why should the USA protect San Francisco from terrorists if they, in the city, are tryin' to undermine the military? We posted the entire monologue on BillOReilly.com.
Predictably some far left internet smear sites have launched a campaign to get me fired over my point of view. I believe they do this on a daily basis. This time the theme is "O'Reilly is encouraging terrorist attacks." Unbelievably stupid, but not unusual for these guttersnipes. San Francisco Chronicle picked up the story, but the reporter, Joe Garafoli, realizing the absurdity of it, wrote a tongue-in-cheek article. Included in the article are foolish statements from Mayor Gavin Newsom and some other city officials. [Board of Supervisors President, Aaron Peskin, who suggested that O'Reilly "should get his head examined"].
Newsom's afraid to appear on this broadcast but I have only one question for him: "Hey, Mayor, you proud of that anti-military vote? Are ya'? If so, why?"
Do ya' think there's one reporter in the city of San Francisco that would ask Mayor Newsom that simple question? Just one? Hasn't been done so far. If somebody asks it, I'll put it on the air.
Finally, what did the citizens of San Francisco think was gonna happen after they voted to oppose military recruitment? We're in the middle of a War on Terror and these loopy voters do something like this and I'm not supposed to call them on it?
Come on! Can you imagine this happening during World War II? So, I'm glad the smear sites made a big deal out of it, because now we can all know who is with the anti-military internet crowd. We'll post the names of all who support the smear merchants on BillOReilly.com. So check with us.
Bottom line. The San Franciscans who voted to deny military recruiters access are working against their own country. Period. And that's the Memo.
1) During the Radio Factor clip, O'Reilly deliberately did not air the rest of his diatribe, because it contains the part that San Franciscans objected to:
O'REILLY: "And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."
2) Gavin Newsom is anything but a coward. A coward would have adhered to the status quo and denied gays and lesbians the right to marry. Newsom showed great courage in permitting those marriages to take place, exposing himself to the vicious personal attacks of pundits like Bilious O'Reilly.
3) We look forward to seeing News Hounds displayed prominently with our fellow progressive blogs on BillOReilly.com. We are not against the military. We do, however, believe that the men and women in our American armed services deserve the best leadership possible. They deserve a President who would not send them into war needlessly on false pretenses based on bad intelligence in order to advance an ideology of power through pre-emptive war.
4) Bill O'Reilly has now officially called San Franciscans traitors to their country and is clearly not inclined to apologize. If FOX News does not fire him, i believe that, like a badly-behaved child, Billy should be given a "time out" by the people of San Francisco. He should be barred from entering the city until such time as he issues a sincere and complete apology to its residents.