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Bill O'Reilly Sends His Army Out To Battle Vermont For Exposing Him

Reported by Deborah - May 17, 2007 -

Bill O'Reilly's producer ambushed Rep.Bill Lippert in the Vermont state house while he was eating breakfast asking inflammatory, intimidating and misleading questions with a camera running. The Rutland Herald responded to this incident in a commentary, 5/17, entitled, O'Reilly's Bigotry Has No Place In Vermont, so O'Reilly just had to give them major paybacks on The Factor tonight. 5/17/07

Here's how the ambush was described in the Rutland Herald's commentary.

"That morning, Rep. Bill Lippert, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, was eating breakfast in the Statehouse cafeteria when a news crew from the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor" approached him. In a menacing tone, with cameras running, a producer for the show asked Rep. Lippert misleading questions that effectively accused him of protecting child predators because he opposes Jessica's Law, which would impose 25-year mandatory minimum sentences on sex offenders."
The article goes on to explain why O'Reilly decided to ambush Bill Lippert.

"On Monday's program, O'Reilly was almost gleeful in condemning Rep. Lippert for his alleged sympathy for child predators. In a segment called "The Truth About Vermont," O'Reilly accused Rep. Lippert of favoring transgender Vermonters over child victims, despite the fact that a transgender anti-discrimination bill that Lippert supports was also passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and supported by Gov. Douglas.

So why would Fox News ambush Bill Lippert, one of the most respected members of the Legislature?

The answer is as simple as it is unsettling: Rep. Lippert is gay. As a leader in the effort to pass Vermont's landmark civil union legislation a few years ago, Representative Lippert has been a target of anti-gay vitriol for several years. His defense of civil rights for gays and lesbians has rankled a small but vocal group both inside and outside of Vermont that relies on hateful and threatening rhetoric to promote its anti-gay agenda."

So tonight O'Reilly gave out the telephone number and e-mail address of the Rutland Herald's Editor asking his hoards to contact him. Then he added, " Please be polite or you will hurt the children." He called the Rutland Herald "despicable" adding that "it's a small thing in the culture war but..."

The Rutland Herald article also discusses a friend of O'Reilly Paul Beaudry who has a hate radio show in Vermont and has been ramping up his gay bashing recently. This one eloquent paragraph must have sent BOR over the edge.

"Bigots like Bill O'Reilly and Paul Beaudry have the right to free speech, but Vermonters also have the right — and responsibility — to stand up to intolerance. You don't have to go to New York or Washington to exercise that right — you can do it right here at home by calling WDEV radio and let the station and its advertisers know that you object to how the show is being used as a platform for slandering, targeting and intimidating individuals."

The Rutland Herald is absolutely right. It's time to stand up to intolerance and let the hate machines know that their time of dominance is over.