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O'Reilly, heal thyself

Reported by Chrish - January 22, 2007 -

I haven't covered FOX segments relating to the Duke rape case debacle as it has unfolded and imploded in the media - a lesson to be learned for prosecutors who don't already know better. Other News Hounds have done a stellar job of covering FOX's immediately apparent biases and the excessive amount of coverage afforded what is truly a local story, of little importance to the rest of the nation with no connection. But watching O'Reilly on the Factor tonight 1/22/07 live and unable to ff through the segment, one thing he said really got my attention.

The only guest O'Reilly could get from Duke was Stephen Miller, a senior who is the editor of the Duke newspaper. (O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters had his camera crew in Durham County, harrassing Prosecutor Nifong and several professors at their homes, after they turned down requests for interviews or statements.)

Miller is a self-described conservative who characterized the faculty as "far, far to the left" and "radical", a perspective shared by far, far right O'Reilly. Apparently 88 professors at Duke signed a letter complaining of racism and preferential treatment, using the alleged rape as a case in point. Now that Nifong has been removed from the case and some charges (though not all) against the Duke lacrosse team members have been dropped, O'Reilly (and Miller) expect an apology:

"They're obviously, I think, irresponsible, these people. But everybody makes mistakes. They might have acted emotionally. All they have to do is say 'y'know, maybe it was a mistake, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have jumped off like that, let's have a discussion about it. But they won't even do that!"

This from the man who spent all of last week spinning and lying and lying some more about his own comments regarding the Hornbeck boy:

"The situation that Hearst found herself in was exciting. She had a boring life, she was a child of privilege, all of a sudden she's in with a bunch of charismatic thugs, and she enjoyed it.

The situation here, for this kid, looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his 'old' parents. He didn't have to go to school, he could run around and do whatever he wanted, ... And I think, when it all comes down, what's gonna happen is, there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances".

After all his denial O'Reilly would look pretty ridiculous apologizing at this point, but it would still be the right thing to do.