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O’Reilly Trots Out Allen West To Attack Congressional Black Caucus’ Rhetoric

Reported by Ellen - September 2, 2011 -

Fox News’ utter hypocrisy on the subject of inflammatory rhetoric was on display (again) last night as Bill O’Reilly trotted out Rep. Allen West to disparage discuss the Congressional Black Caucus’ comments about the Tea Party. Yes, that’s the same Allen West who called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives” and refused to apologize. That’s also the same guy who called himself the “modern-day Harriet Tubman” leading blacks from the plantation of Democrats. That Allen West was who “fair and balanced” Fox News thought an appropriate person to serve as an analyst for the supposedly inflammatory comments of Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

I’m sure it didn’t hurt West that O’Reilly, himself, had cheered on West’s attacks on Wasserman Schultz. Yet O’Reilly was up in arms over Rep. Andre Carson’s comments saying that some Tea Party members of Congress would “love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.” OK, so I’ll agree it was inflammatory and maybe not the wisest choice of words. But why is this a major topic of discussion on Fox News, if not as an excuse to attack the Congressional Black Caucus? It’s not exactly significant to the economy, unemployment or even the 2012 election. And it’s not as if Fox News ever pays attention to anything else Rep. Carson says or does.

Yet, following in the footsteps of Sean Hannity using those comments as an excuse to launch racial attacks against the CBC, O’Reilly trotted out West who, though he’s also a member of the caucus, could be pretty much counted on to do the same, minus the race baiting. Well, unless you think O’Reilly’s theory that the inflammatory rhetoric is designed to “gin up” the African American turnout in 2012 just might be another way of saying, “race baiting against whites.”

“Congressional Black Caucus is in big trouble!” O’Reilly announced, sounding more glad than sad. He went on to intone gravely that Carson’s comments were “un-American.”

West told O’Reilly, “I don’t think that we need that type of incendiary talk coming out there… This type of rhetoric has no place in the political discourse.”

O’Reilly asked West to “let us know right away” if he hears back from the CBC on a letter he had written condemning the remarks. “So we can be fair to (Chairman) Cleaver and see if he’s gonna take action against Carson and Maxine Waters,” O'Reilly added. In this case, "fair" is another word for "attack more if he doesn't and gloat if he does."

So, let’s see. Calling someone “vile, unprofessional and despicable” is laudable but saying some people would like to see “you and me hanging on a tree” is un-American.

O’Reilly reiterated his request that West get back with any response to his letter because “this is an important story.”

Why is this important if you’re not out to get the CBC?

You can contact the show and ask at oreilly@foxnews.com.

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