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In Answer To The View, Bill O’Reilly Goes On An Anti-Muslim Tear

Reported by Ellen - October 19, 2010 -

Bill O’Reilly was obviously still smarting from the criticism arising from comments he made on The View last week – especially his statement that “Muslims killed us on 9/11,” which caused Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to briefly walk off the set. Apparently blaming “political correctness” for casting an unfavorable light on his remark, O’Reilly decided to throw restraint to the wind and doubled down with an anti-Muslim screed about the “huge” Muslim threat to the world.

I have to admit, although I’ve cringed at O’Reilly’s Islamophobia in the past, I did not think that what he said on The View was so terrible. Maybe I’m just so used to him that my “offensive needle” is already set to a higher bar. But his rant last night (10/18/10) made my skin crawl. Especially when Juan Williams seemed to affirm part of it in the next segment.

In his Talking Points Memo that led off the show, O’Reilly said, “Folks are fed up with politically correct nonsense. There’s no question there is a Muslim problem in the world and if The View ladies will not acknowledge that, that’s their problem. Because most Americans well understand the danger coming out of the Muslim world… Right now the countries of Russia, China, the Philippines, many nations in Africa and Thailand are all fighting Muslim insurrections. The Muslim threat to the world is not isolated, it’s HUGE!”

O’Reilly continued, “If Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t think there’s a Muslim problem, she ought to ask President Obama about it. The cold truth is, that in the world today, jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

Following the TPM, Juan Williams and Mary Katherine Ham joined O’Reilly. The supposedly liberal Williams told O’Reilly, “I think you’re right… I’m not a bigot… but when I get on a plane, I gotta tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

But then Williams somehow wound up arguing that O’Reilly should be careful with his terminology, which caused him to explode. “You know what, Juan? I’m not doing that anymore! …I’m not gonna say, ‘Oh, it’s only a few (Muslims)! It’s only a tiny bit!’ It’s not, Juan. It’s whole nations! Iran! Afghanistan! Pakistan! Whole nations!”

Not even conservative Ham would go along. She said, “There’s a distinction worth making between moderate and extremist Islam… because, frankly, as a conservative and if anybody who believes in the mission in Iraq, where you’re building up a society of moderate Muslims to push back on extremists, you have to believe in that distinction.”

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