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O'Reilly No Heart Or Humanity

Reported by Deborah - January 2, 2006

Bill O'Reilly actually was heartless enough to have a segment to ponder if Dick Clark should have appeared on TV on New Years Eve since his speech was severely impaired from his stroke last year. He even asked Dr. OIlajide Williams, stroke specialist at Harlem Hospital if he thought it was a good thing that Dick Clark made a brief appearance after having a stroke. 1/2/05

Dr. Ollajide looked pretty surprised when he realized that O'Reilly was trying to make a controversy over Dick Clark's appearance. He told O'Reilly the obvious truth, that Dick Clark's appearance could be inspirational to other people who are working to come back from a debilitating physical episode like a stroke. H e explained to O'Reilly that Clark has most likely improved drastically and this would give other's suffering.

A clip was shown of Clark sitting at a desk and speaking to the audience before ushering in the New Year at Times Square as he has done for many years until he had a stroke. He shared how difficult it has been to learn how to walk and speak again and viewers could feel the tremendous power of his determination. It was inspirational and a moment distinctly human and universal.

comment: I don't care how Bill chooses to rationalize this behavior. He was dead wrong and besides being mean beyond belief, it was totally unnecessary. What was he trying to say to people? It's poor form to show yourself on TV if you have a physical impairment? That, of course, would be the most disgusting possibility. Maybe he was trying to say that people who have had strokes would be upset by his slurred speech. That makes no sense either. People with any sort of physical impairment would be most certainly empowered by Clark's will and people who experienced strokes themselves would be grateful to see his improvement.

I think O'Reilly should have simply paid tribute to Clark complimenting his will and longevity. Maybe controversy gets ratings but there has got to be a line left uncrossed even for O'Reilly and FOX.

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