Bill O'Reilly Plays The Victim In Abortion Doctor Murder
Reported by Ellen - June 2, 2009 -
Bill O'Reilly spent much of his show last night (6/1/09) discussing the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Instead of expressing remorse for the horrible circumstances – Tiller was shot dead while ushering at church, in front of his wife – or remorse for his own relentless vilification of Tiller or even discussing the role of vigilantism in the abortion controversy, Bill O'Reilly made the tragedy all about him, how he's being unfairly scapegoated in the controversy. And in an apparent effort to justify his past harangues, O'Reilly continued lashing out at Tiller. With video.
O'Reilly started his show as usual with his Talking Points Memo. He began by saying perfunctorily that “clear-thinking Americans should condemn the murder of late-term abortionist Tiller” noting that Tiller's actions were “within Kansas law.”
But O'Reilly came to life as he said that the Washington Times estimated Tiller “destroyed about 60 THOUSAND (his emphasis) fetuses.” O'Reilly repeated, “60,000” then added that Tiller earned more than a million dollars a year. O'Reilly also happened to mention how Tiller had been “nicknamed "the Baby Killer" by pro-life groups.” Real classy, Bill.
As O'Reilly told it, when he heard the news about Tiller's murder, he thought of himself – not how his hate-mongering might have contributed to a climate of extremism, not how maybe he might reconsider the use of inflamed rhetoric. No, O'Reilly thought about the bad news for him. “When I heard about Tiller's murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime and that is exactly what has happened.” So what did this “blame” consist of? Helen Kennedy in the NY Daily News called “my reporting on (Tiller) 'rants.'”
I don't know about you, but when somebody says the kinds of things O'Reilly said, “rant” seems an entirely reasonable, albeit mild description. For example, O'Reilly has said about Tiller, "If we as a society allow an undefined mental health exception in late-term abortions, then babies can be killed for almost any reason... This is the kind of stuff that happened in Mao's China and Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union... If we allow this, America will no longer be a noble nation... If we allow Dr. George Tiller and his acolytes to continue, we can no longer pass judgment on any behavior by anybody.
What Tiller is doing is that bad."
O'Reilly also said, “I wanted a big show. I wanted George Tiller, the baby killer yelling 'yay. I want to to make more money killing babies.'”
Those are just two of many inflammatory statements – or rants – that O'Reilly has uttered on his show about Dr. Tiller.
O'Reilly went on to complain about Mary Mapes, who wrote on the Huffington Post, “I can already envision the backpedaling and rationalizing that we'll hear from longtime Tiller critic Bill O'Reilly.”
“No backpedaling here, Madam,” O'Reilly said. “Every single thing we said about Tiller was true. My analysis was based on those facts.”
Then it was time to attack Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas, Number 3 on O'Reilly's Worst Liberals list. “Who'll be the next target of O'Reilly's and Beck's ire to get gunned down by a domestic conservative terrorist?” Moulitsas asked. O'Reilly's answer? That Kos was bashing him right above an ad for an upcoming interview with Bill Ayers.
“The far left is exploiting, exploiting the death of the doctor” because, according to O'Reilly, they want to “stifle ANY criticism of people like Tiller. That, and hating Fox News is the real agenda here.”
Instead of a fair and balanced debate, O'Reilly brought on a slew of like-minded guests to agree that he's being wronged. First up, attorney Brian Russell, who was classless enough to quickly suggest that Tiller was guilty despite having been recently acquitted of performing illegal abortions. Russell quickly delivered a "not guilty" verdict about O'Reilly, though. Then, perhaps angling for a future spot on Fox, Russell went on to gratuitously attack Barack Obama and, for the piece de resistance, compare the liberals who are criticizing O'Reilly to Tiller's murderer. Co-panelist Kris Kobach agreed.
Next up, two Fox News employees who – Surprise! Surprise! - each took O'Reilly's side.
“So here we go again,” O'Reilly said to Juan Williams. “You know – (I'm) in the middle of a national controversy simply for basically telling the truth about Dr. Tiller, who he was, what he did.”
Williams wasted no time jumping on the bandwagon. “There are people for abortion rights who are going to try to use this (as) a political tool to beat people up, to make them feel guilty,” he said. “...I know you, O'Reilly, what you did was, you said it bothered you personally.” Actually, Juan, what O'Reilly did was to repeatedly refer to Tiller as "the baby killer.” O'Reilly also sent his producer to ambush Tiller. Tiller obviously felt harassed and called 911 to say he was being prevented from getting into his car. (video below)
Williams continued, “Bill O'Reilly, I never heard you say 'Block a clinic'... I never heard you say 'Go after the doctors,' you know, berate them... Never!” No, O'Reilly just sat in his comfy chair spewing epithets at Dr. Tiller and when trouble came along, began howling that it was no fair to blame him.
Mary Katherine Ham agreed with Williams, of course, and accused the O'Reilly critics of using the same inflammatory rhetoric when “talking about, for instance, the interrogation methods that our CIA operatives use.” "Liberal" Williams didn't point out that there's a big difference between excoriating interrogation methods and the kind of personally-directed attacks that O'Reilly made.
O'Reilly perked up at Ham's analogy, saying that if a CIA agent is assassinated somewhere, they could blame it on the liberal critics. And there's not a doubt in my mind that he'd do just that.
Referring again to the number of abortions allegedy performed by Tiller, O'Reilly said, “60,000” and said, “I mean, just, just think about that.”
On his Culture Warrior segment, O'Reilly repeated his statement that the first thing that crossed his mind after the shooting was that he'd get blamed.
If you can't watch the Fox News video below, here's a link.