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Bill O’Reilly Talking Point – Minimum Verbiage, Maximum Propaganda

Reported by Priscilla - July 11, 2010 -

As has been noted both on News Hounds and Media Matters, Fox “News” appears to be part of a right wing campaign to discredit the Obama Department of Justice over the allegations, by former DOJ employee and Republican activist J. Christian Adams, that racial bias against whites was the basis for the dropping of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers. This has provided right wing media, including Fox “News,” with an opportunity to do some race baiting as well as not providing accurate information on the case. One of the right wing memes, being articulated on Fox “News,” is that Attorney General Eric Holder (read scary black man) hasn’t “explained” why he “dropped the case.” This meme was contained in a short and not so sweet comment which was part of Bill O’Reilly’s “Talking Points Memo” earlier this week (July 6th).

Bill said this: “Mr. Adams and five other attorneys inside the Justice Department urged the attorney general to prosecute the Black Panthers, to no avail. Why? The evidence clearly shows the men breaking the law, so why give them a pass "Talking Points" cannot answer that question, and Mr. Holder will not answer it either. Very disturbing, and President Obama should order his attorney general to clarify the matter.”

Memo to Bill O’Reilly: As I advised Steve Doocy, there’s a report from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division with testimony which explains that the charges were dropped for lack of evidence – a finding supported by members of the Civil Rights Division who served under past Republican administrations. Perhaps you should read it so that “Talking Points” can answer "the question."