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O'Reilly misrepresents article to make talk radio victim

Reported by Chrish - July 28, 2008 -

Bill O'Reilly's FOX webpage says " No party lines, no distortion, no spin political coverage — no show tackles tough issues like 'The Factor'! " Tonight 7/28/08 one of the linky headlines reads "Talk radio blamed for racial violence." Click through and find this LA Times article about increasing hate-crimes, which says in part:

"Levin said several factors may be driving the rise, including deepening economic distress, growing ethnic diversity and population density in neighborhoods and what he called "increasingly inflammatory rhetoric" over illegal immigration.

Amanda F. Susskind, Pacific Southwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles, said hate rhetoric is rising online and is particularly targeting youth, perpetuated in part by as many as 110 white supremacist organizations nationwide."

There is no mention of talk radio in the article, so O'Reilly's framing of talk radio as "victim" is a blatant distortion. I think Al Franken was right when he said O'Reilly can't help himself, he's just a pathologically compulsive liar.

This should help blunt the news that the TN shooter is a talk radio devotee - oh that media, always blaming talk radio for everything.