Bill O’Reilly Didn’t See “Law And Order” Episode Heralded As “Pro-Life?”
Reported by Priscilla - December 11, 2009 -
As noted by Julie, Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham went full tilt boogie on a “Law and Order” Episode in which Bill O’Reilly was, appropriately, cited, along with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, as a "cancer spreading ignorance and hate." Bill fulminated that “Law and Order” was promoting a “progressive agenda,” which seems to indicate that Bill either did not see or chose to ignore a recent “Law and Order” episode which was based on the Tiller “execution.” It was embraced by the pro-life movement and criticized by the pro-choice community. But hey, O’Reilly’s show isn’t “news” so it’s not obligated to be “fair and balanced.”
In describing this episode of the program that O’Reilly claims is part of vast, left wing conspiracy, rabid anti-choicer Jill Stanek asked this question: “Is Pro-Life the New Gay?” She states that the “pro-life reviews have been favorable.” The plot is based on the killing of an abortion doctor in church – just like the Tiller case. The title of the episode was “Dignity.” The portrayal of the anti-abortion lawyer, representing the killer, (according to Entertainment Week) is “nuanced.” According to The Idaho Statesman.com, even the pro-choice characters have “inner turmoil.” The pro-choice community (so reviled Bill O’Reilly – a wealthy, Catholic male who, unlike many unemployed Americans, could afford to have lots more babies than just two!) was not so happy about the episode. Kate Harding, in Salon, said that in this episode “The anti-choicers, who believe fetuses' rights trump women's, and the pseudo-pro-choicers, who are conveniently persuaded to agree with them by the end of the episode.” One would have thought that fetus rights supporter (who cares about those evil women?!) Bill O'Reilly would have been aware of the episode as it was promoted on the anti choice blogs that he must read when he’s not reviewing soft core for his “Culture Warriors” segment. Harding feels that the episode promoted "egregious" anti choice propaganda which claims that “late-term abortion providers are indiscriminate baby killers who aren't too fussy about staying within the law; women choose abortion because the irresponsible men they stupidly spread their legs for won't step up and offer to help.” Sounds like Bill O’Reilly could have written the script! RH Reality Check, a pro-choice blog, described the episode as an “abortion disaster” which demonstrated “the wasteland of TV.” They referenced how medical professionals said that the episode was full of “bias and medical inaccuracies” and that it “profaned” the death of Dr. Tiller. O’Reilly would have loved it.
Comment: This episode is readily available on-line. If Bill watches it, he will see that his comment that “guttersnipe” Dick Wolf promoted Dr. Tiller as a hero is really not true as “Dignity” provided talking points that Bill might have been in agreement with. And as far as promoting anything, it was Bill O’Reilly’s hate filled “promotion” of Dr. Tiller as a “murderer” which arguably contributed to the climate in which “pro-life” zealots still consider the murder of a law abiding doctor a “justifiable homicide.” That O’Reilly still refers to Tiller as an “executioner” underscores that the hatred and lies aren’t coming from “Law and Order.”