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Bill O’Reilly And The Definition Of “Terrorist”

Reported by Priscilla - February 22, 2010 -

There has been some discussion over whether Joseph Stack, the man who was so enraged about his problems with the IRS that he flew his plane into an Austin, Texas IRS building, is a “domestic terrorist.” The Obama administration and The Department of Homeland Security do not, at present, appear to consider this an act of terrorism. Others, including the Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute and a Texas member of Congress, disagree. Thus, the major news networks, including Fox, are staying away from the characterization of Mr. Stack as a “terrorist.” But in discussing the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hasan, Bill O’Reilly was certainly up front about his belief that Hasan is not just a terrorist – “but a Muslim terrorist.” So is Bill guilty of a “journalistic” double standard?

O’Reilly made this pontification, about Hasan, in a discussion with the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn (see video) and in his “Talking Points,” despite the reality that the US Department of Defense has not made any official determination of “terrorism.” I do have to admit that Bill, who waged his own jihad against the murdered abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller, described Tiller’s murder as a “domestic terrorist” in his “Talking Points Memo” in June of last year. But he then totally discredited himself in attempting to justify his frequent use of Tiller’s “nickname” as “Tiller the baby killer" by saying that it was used “in context because the state of Kansas has produced compelling evidence that Tiller sometimes terminated viable fetuses for trivial reasons.” The reality is that that the so called “compelling evidence” (an anti-choice talking point) was not accepted by the court which acquitted Tiller. But it is richly ironic that Bill’s rhetoric (“baby killing”, Tiller is evil, etc.) was the same as that of a “domestic terrorist.” Bill also labeled University of Illinois-Chicago professor and former member of the Weather Underground a “terrorist” despite the fact that Ayers has neither been charged nor convicted of any crime.

So while O’Reilly and his fellow members of the fourth estate are being careful about their designation of Joseph Stack, O’Reilly hasn’t shown such care in the past. I guess terrorism is in the eye of the beholder. Now if Joseph Stack had been a Muslim, how do you think O’Reilly would have framed it? I report, you decide.

Correction Note - Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago - not University of Chicage.