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Bill O’Reilly’s Double Standard On Privacy Rights?

Reported by Priscilla - October 9, 2010 -

Bill O’Reilly’s hypocrisy and double standard are truly astounding. In a discussion, with Glen Beck, about the free speech rights of the Westboro church vs. the right to privacy for the family of the fallen soldier, Bill continued to promote the right to privacy. Bill’s memory cells must be deteriorating because he seems to have forgotten how he violated the privacy of the family of a murdered young woman, how he encouraged his pitchfork wielding fans to violate the privacy of a Missouri judge who rendered an opinion that didn’t get Bill O’Reilly’s stamp of approval, and how he encouraged Operation Rescue thugs to protest outside Dr. Tiller’s abortion clinic when women were exercising their constitutional right to privacy as determined in RoevWade.

Beck was not in agreement with O’Reilly so Bill referenced two court rulings that supported Bill’s position. He cited two rulings against talk radio in which the talk radio hosts “picked out individuals citizens and put them to mock and scorn them and in both cases juries ruled…intentional infliction of emotional distress the radio companies had to pay.” He compared these cases to the one involving the Westboro funeral protest. Bill repeated his belief that “intentional infliction overrides freedom of speech in this case.” When Beck said that he didn’t have a problem with a “generic” protest, as opposed to personally targeting the solider, Bill, who targeted Dr. Tiller, was happy that Beck seemed to now agree with him.

So Bill, should Jennifer Moore’s parents, whose daughter was raped and murdered have sued you after you, on your radio show, said this : “Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. 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.” Was that “intentional infliction of emotional distress” considering that the family hadn’t even buried their daughter at the time you said it? While you say that the Snyder family has a right to privacy, didn’t the Moore’s have the same right? And Bill, what about Judge Torrence’s right to privacy? When you encouraged a protest at his home and office, didn’t you think that this might be the same kind of targeted privacy violation that you claim happened at the soldier’s funeral? It’s too bad, Bill, that you didn’t interview attorneys Megyn Kelly or Lis Whiel about the cases that you cited because the facts were different and unique to the cases – but interestingly the Alaska talk show host provided, on air, the name of a woman whom he insulted in a lewd, sexual manner. Obviously, you didn’t actually say that Jennifer Moore was a “slut,” but you implied it. Perhaps the Moore’s should have sued you! But Bill, the thing is that you’ve got a lot of nerve talking about “intentional infliction of emotional distress” when your slate isn’t exactly clean. Just saying…

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