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O'Reilly plays perplexed at Wright comments and distorts the record; Marc Lamont Hill sets it straight

Reported by Chrish - April 14, 2008 -

Of course when we heard that Jeremiah Wright mentioned thin-skinned Bill O'Reilly ever-so-briefly in a eulogy this past weekend, we knew O'Reilly could not let it go unmentioned. Nay, it was the Top Story tonight 4/14/08, with guests Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Temple University, and attorney Steven Greenberg, who knew the deceased.

O'Reilly pretended to not know what he had done to draw Wright's attention. (11 of 14 Talking Points Memo over a three week period is excessive harping in anyone's book. Done as it was in conjunction with Sean Hannity, also mentioned, the clowns on the couch and the other hosts throughout the day, to a slightly lesser degree, FOX has fully earned the reputation for beating that dead horse in the blatant attempt to bring down a Democratic candidate.)

Dr. Hill, perhaps the best guest on FOX, immediately put the comments in context and accused O'Reilly of being one who accuses others of hating America when they criticize, and noted that he says this of his ideological opponents. Of course BOR denied it, and said that Wright's equating of the US with Al Qaeda was clearly anti-American, and "(my) job is to tell the truth." Hill insisted that the only one who ever made that analogy was O'Reilly. O'Reilly tried to dismiss Hill, saying they could argue it all day long but he's already parsed it for three weeks, and Hill told him "that's exactly the point!"

O'Reilly insisted too, to assure viewers he wasn't mistaken: "That's the truth? That Al Qaeda and America are the moral equivalent?" Hill again accused O'Reilly of saying that; Wright said only that American chickens had come home to roost because of problematic foreign policy.***

O'Reilly continued "No, no, he said flat out 'there's no difference between what Al Qaeda does in the name of their god and what we do in the name of ours.' ... Yes he did, in the Hiroshima/Nagasaki remarks. He said exactly that."

Here's what Wright said, exactly:

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
You can watch the video of his remarks here.

O'Reilly turned to Greenberg and asked him if Judge Pincham - a congregant of Wright's for 21 years, not mentioned - would have wanted these remarks at his funeral. Greenberg thinks not, and accused Wright, in so many words, of grandstanding and stretching out his 15 minutes of fame. Ironically, Greenberg lauded Pincham with words almost identical in meaning to Wright's. Greenberg claimed to be an Obama supporter but commented that he would love to see Obama denounce these viewpoints - which he has done repeatedly and emphatically.

O'Reilly said every time Wright "shows up" it's bad news for Barack Obama, and Hill noted that it's not Wright, it's FOX News; he's expecting to see Wright's comments on the weather report next. O'Reilly protested, saying Wright wasn't on his "docket" until these remarks, and he's "ready to move on to Hillary Clinton being Annie Oakley, and Barack Obama not liking the guys who go to church." Hill burst out laughing and said "that's fair and balanced," and even O'Reilly laughed at the sheer ridiculousness that is FOX "News."

Hill's last word was that if there's one thing wrong here, it's a reporter sneaking into a funeral. Black churches have always been about politics as well; there was nothing wrong with Wright's speech.

It was rather shocking to see O'Reilly laugh as he did at the inadvertant admission that his line-up is a ridiculous and biased agenda of going to any length to demean and reduce the Democratic candidates. No spin my ass.


*** Just want to bring attention to the fact that Wright, Ward Churchill, and Ron Paul have been excoriated (actually, Paul was largely ignored) on FOX for daring to suggest that American foreign policy could be at least partly to blame for the hostility towards us.