Bill O'Reilly beating the race horse to death
Reported by Chrish - April 8, 2008 -
After watching Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo tonight 4/7/08 I needed to look up race baiters to figure out what he's talking about. According to this one guy, race baiters all happen to be black people. (White race baiters, yet to be named, will likely all be Democrats.) According to Wiki, race baiters use
"racially derisive language, actions or other forms of communication, to anger, intimidate or incite a person or groups of people, or to make those persons behave in ways that are inimical to their personal or group interests."Personally I'd say scaring people into voting against a candidate falls into that definition.
"The term "race baiting" is often a critique of anti-racist actions and communications implying that those who criticize apparent racism are themselves guilty of either a form of racism or of simple manipulation." Sound familiar?
O'Reilly has declared that there's no way to have a discussion about race in this country - something that Democrat Obama strongly advocates and wants to pursue. He declared that millions of white Americans refuse to discuss race with blacks - it's "far too dangerous."
O'Reilly singled out Eric Deggans, a black writer for the St. Petersburg Times, for a drive-by smear, calling him one of the biggest race baiters, without letting us in on any details. He is the Chairman of the Black Journalists' Media Monitoring Committee and O'Reilly said "Senator McCarthy would love this guy." Hey, Bill, he's just looking out for the folks! You don't have a monopoly on it. I think O'Reilly is also incensed that Deggans can be reached at SPTimes.com. ;-) Deggans blogged about O'Reilly (offense #1) last fall at the Huffington Post (offense #2) so O'Reilly was just biding his time, as is his declared m.o., to unexpectedly take a retaliatory swipe at him. Whatever.
O'Reilly stated that the "race baiters and profiteers" (in which he has previously included Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson) actually hurt minorities because "good people" are driven away from constructive dialogue.
He patted himself on the back for his diverse guest list. (I have noticed a marked increase in black guests since Obama became the subject of so much discussion. This exemplifies, to me, O'Reilly's fear of "saying the wrong thing" so he outsources to a conservative black person, who presumably can't be criticized for racism. See Top Story post for example.) Sternly jabbing his finger at the camera, O'Reilly used his most threatening voice to warn "you race hustlers, race baiters out there - you better watch it. We've got your number, and the gloves are off."
I bet Jesse Jackson's shaking in his boots.