Bill O’Reilly’s Return Engagement As Speaker For Rape Victims Group
Reported by Priscilla - February 22, 2010 -
Save the date! Back by popular demand, Bill O’Reilly will be speaking at the "It Happened To Alexa Foundation" on March 26th, 2010. This organization is an excellent resource for rape victims and their families as it “provides them with travel expenses during the litigation process and is the only organization of its kind in the United States.” It also assists victims to access other support services. So if you have $400 for cocktails and dinner or $600 for cocktails and dinner and a chance to meet Bill, you might want to head on over to the Mar-a-Largo Club in Palm Beach Florida as your money will go to a worthy cause and you might get a chance to ask victim’s advocate Bill some questions.
You might want to ask Bill (an accused sexual harasser) if he still feels that Jennifer Moore was, in old school vernacular about rape victims, “asking for it” when she was raped and murdered. For those of you not familiar with the back story, Jennifer Moore was an 18 year old who was raped and murdered in NY City on July 26th, 2006. Because it was summer and she was wearing a short skirt and a halter top, America’s Daddy, Bill O’Reilly said, on his nationally syndicated radio show: “She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She's walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she's out of her mind, drunk.” Bill made this remark on August 2nd less than a week after she was murdered and only two days after her funeral. So you also might want to ask Bill if he ever apologized to Ms. Moore’s parents who, while Bill was making his remarks on (let me repeat) a nationally syndicated show, were still in deep grieving about their daughter. You could add that Bill’s comments, which betrayed an inordinate amount of insensitivity in blaming a rape/murder victim for her fate because of her attire and her state of inebriation, do suggest that apologies are in order.
And while we’re on insensitivity toward victims of sexual violence, you could also ask Bill if he still feels that kidnap victim, Shawn Hornbeck, enjoyed the aspects of his captivity that included being raped. For those of you not familiar with the back story, Shawn Hornbeck was kidnapped, by a child molester, and held in captivity for 4 years before he was found and released. During the time that he lived with his captor, he was forcibly sodomized. Bill, in speaking with Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, seemed to suggest that Hornbeck, himself, might be partially to blame for his situation. O'Reilly said that he hoped that Hornbeck “did not make a conscious decision to accept his captivity because Devlin made things easy for him. No school, play all day long.” Bill, who seemed to think that child rape is “fun,” also noted that “The situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents.” So you might want to ask Bill how he, as a self proclaimed child advocate, can square his advocacy with the extraordinary insensitivity of his comments regarding Hornbeck. You could also ask him if he ever apologized to Shawn and his parents.
And speaking of apologizing, you might want to ask Bill if he ever apologized to Think Progress writer, Amanda Terkel. For those of you not familiar with the back story, last year, Amanda Terkel, in reporting that O’Reilly would be speaking to a rape victim’s advocacy group, merely quoted Bill’s “controversial comment” (cited above) about Jennifer Moore. Because she stated an inconvenient truth about Bill O’Reilly, he sent his stalker (whoops, producer Jesse T Watters) to stalk and confront Ms. Terkel, while she was on vacation. Ms. Terkel, at no point, denigrated the Alexa Foundation; but Watters claimed that she had caused “pain and suffering” and demanded that she apologize to the Foundation. You could ask Bill if Watters should apologize for lying about Ms. Terkel’s post. You could remind Bill about his recent comment to Sarah Palin when talked about how annoyed he gets with people bearing cameras follow him everywhere. In light of his feeling that this was an “intrusion,” you could ask if his stalking of Terkel is hypocritical. You really should ask Bill if he ever apologized to Terkel for the stalking and his on air characterization of her as a “villain.”
After word got out regarding both the Terkel stalking and the O’Reilly appearance there was an outcry in the blogosphers – particularly among those who have been victims of sexual violence and abuse. I would recommend that you ask O’Reilly, a self proclaimed victim’s advocate, about his characterization of these people as "far left loons.” You might want to mention that Bill O’Reilly demanded that NY Magazine, Hendrik Hertzberg apologize to Newt Gingrich for taking Gingrich’s comments, about “gay fascism” out of context so surely all his insensitivity, misrepresentation, and character attacks, cited above, also deserve an apology.
So if you do want to contribute to a worthy cause, be there or be square. And if you want to challenge Bill O’Reilly, who while purporting to be a victim’s advocate has smeared those who have been victimized by sexual abuse and violence, you have plenty of material. And if you can't make it to the dinner, you can e-mail your questions to Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.