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Bill O’Reilly And His Anti Abortion (Zealot) Pals

Reported by Priscilla - June 22, 2009 -

During the last presidential campaign, there was lots of talk on Fox about Barack Obama’s association with Bill Ayers – or as Sarah Palin expressed it, “pallin around with terrorists.” Meanwhile, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly had less than six degrees of separation from a radical anti abortion organization and a Kansas attorney general who, like Captain Ahab, relentlessly pursued Dr. George Tiller – a pursuit aided and abetted by Bill O’Reilly who was recently praised, for his “coverage” of the Tiller pursuit, by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council – a right wing organization that seeks to end a woman’s right to abortion. O’Reilly’s background is in journalism but his role on Fox ("hard hitting reporting”) and beyond seems to be more of an advocate – a role that would seem to contradict the notion of journalistic objectivity let alone “fair and balanced.” His “hard hitting reporting” on Dr. George Tiller had little to do with a function of journalism; but, rather, was a conduit for the lies and smears perpetrated by his fellow anti abortion zealot, the disgraced former Kansas Attorney General, Phill Kline, whose quest, like Ahab’s was unsuccessful. And while Ahab was killed by the whale, Kline’s career has definitely taken a down-turn!

Bill O’Reilly and Operation Rescue operated in tandem. A search, on the Operation Rescue website, finds a number of videos in which Bill O’Reilly “reports” on Tiller and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Readers are urged to view these videos. One article, “Operation Rescue Agrees With O’Reilly – Calls Pro-Lifers to Wichita…,” opened with how Bill O’Reilly was “taking” Tiller “to task” and how Operation Rescue agreed with Bill’s crusader call to his viewers to protest at Tiller’s clinic. O’Reilly’s anti abortion articles were also carried on the Operation Rescue Website. The article, “Who Will Save the Babies,” includes Bill’s trademark (and ongoing) lie about Tiller and misogynistic belief about those women who utilized Tiller's services: “But in Kansas, if the mom is feeling a bit blue on Tuesday and carries a certified check, Dr. Tiller is willing and able to terminate the baby.” Like the Family Research Council, Operation Rescue is a Christian group which seeks to end a woman’s right to an abortion.

Bill O’Reilly and former Kansas Attorney General also formed a tag team in that O’Reilly echoed (and continues to echo) Kline’s unsubstantiated accusations against Tiller and also gave Kline some face time on the Factor. Kline, like O’Reilly, is also revered by Operation Rescue in that he was named their 2006 “Man of the Year.” (Abortion, for Operation Rescue, is a “man’s world!). But apart from the world of Operation Rescue, Kline isn’t exactly a hero. What O’Reilly’s viewers don’t know, because I don’t believe Bill has ever mentioned it, is that Phill Kline is being investigated for ethics violations which may be connected to his conduct involving the Tiller case. This comes on the heels of a scathing report, issued by the Kansas Supreme Court, which was very critical of Kline’s use of medical records and his court conduct during the Tiller investigation. I don’t think O’Reilly has cited this report which states that Kline “exhibits little, if any, respect for the authority of this court or for his responsibility to it and to the rule of law it husbands... It is plain he is interested in the pursuit of justice only as he chooses to define it...he was demonstrably ignorant, evasive, and incomplete in his sworn written responses…” During a court hearing, last November, in which Tiller’s attorneys were seeking to dismiss criminal charges, one of Kline’s investigators, Jared Reed said, regarding Kline’s team, that "They were willing to do whatever it took, including breaking the law or going above the law, to get a conviction.” It isn’t surprising that anti Tiller, anti abortion zealot, Bill O’Reilly, palled around with this crew.

But flash forward to June 2009 and Phill Kline is teaching at Liberty University and is scrounging for cash donations to defray his legal bills. Just prior to Tiller’s murder, Kline’s solicitation, mailed to his supporters, cited his role in persecuting Tiller. Bill O’Reilly continues to insist that Tiller broke the law – which, clearly, according to the law of the state of Kansas, isn’t true. He continues to say that women had abortions for “casual reasons” and, once again, there is no legal basis to substantiate that allegation. But O’Reilly is looking out for fetuses and, clearly, not the women who carry them. Bill claims that he was merely “reporting” on a late term abortion provider who was murdered for doing his job which was in accordance with the law. I do wonder how Bill O’Reilly would react to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann actively and vociferously supporting, on their shows, a liberal group representing gay activists - a group which in turn uses their comments in pursuit of their agenda. As I noted, Bill O’Reilly was providing validation and free air time for some very unsavory characters who seek to impose their narrow theology onto all American women – not real journalism and so not “fair and balanced.”