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NBC mocked by O'Reilly for bringing up Farrakhan endorsement, but O'Reilly then makes it his Top Story

Reported by Chrish - February 28, 2008 -

Moments after mocking NBC for introducing the issue of Louis Farrakhan's endorsement of Barack Obama and Obama's reaction to it in his Talking Points Memo last night 2/27/08, Bill O'Reilly's Top Story focused almost exclusively on the issue. When one of his guests tried to change the subject to the more serious issue of healthcare, O'Reilly dismissed it with a sneer, claiming it will never happen, and turned the topic back to Farrakhan, which he proclaimed "more fun."
With video. (Later, after YouTube reinstates us.)

O'Reilly claimed it's such a non-issue, but (as long as we're on the subject...) he did notice that Obama stammered a bit on the initial answer. But Al Qaeda must be shaking their heads - with all we've got going on, Iraq, terrorism, "faltering" economy - why are they talking about this fringe guy? (Comment: yes, that's the first thing we all think when our candidates and officials speak - Al Qaeda's watching, what will they think?)

O'Reilly played the Kevin Bacon game Version 2.0, reminding viewers that Obama's church's pastor's daughter's magazine honored Farrakhan "so there's a little linkage there." He neglected to remind them, again, of Obama's statement last month, when this first hit the fan:

"I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. ... I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree."

One of the guests, Jehmu Greene (who supports Clinton), explained that Farrakhan obviously has a lot of support in the African-American community and Obama should have taken the opportunity to reject Farrakhan when the aforementioned award was given. (As noted above, he did, and O'Reilly's already been called on it once so he should have corrected this significant error.)

When she tried to nudge the conversation to more important matters from the debate, O'Reilly sneered at healthcare, declared it would never happen (we can't afford it!!) and asked another Farrakhan question: will this Farrakhan award - Obama's church thing be a big deal in the general election?

The other guest, Liz Chadderdon, doesn't think so and Greene agreed. She stated again that Obama should have rejected Farrakhan's endorsement right away, and said (for the third time, points for effort) that this wasn't the biggest thing to come out of the debate. O'Reilly allowed her to say what she thought was the big issue, and she said that Obama's failure to hold any hearings within the sub-committee he chairs. O'Reilly quickly defended him as being too busy running his campaign, and she retorted that he's too busy running for the next office and not doing what he was elected to do. As she made her case, O'Reilly overtalked and said she wasn't being fair. He further defended Obama saying he came out of nowhere and had to devote every ounce of energy to raising money to go up against one of the most powerful political machines ever in the ocuntry. That's the whole point, she said: he came out of nowhere, he's inexperienced! She asked O'Reilly if he could've come straight out of Scranton PA to prime time on FOX News, and he said well, I'm a genius. Har har.

If Obama is the nominee you can bet the farm this Farrakhan "connection" will be made an issue and FOX will be whispering away.