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Bill O’Reilly Jumps On The Attack-Paul-Krugman Bandwagon

Reported by Ellen - September 13, 2011 -

Bill O’Reilly joined the Fox News pile on against Paul Krugman Monday night (9/12/11) from his hypocritical high horse where he pretended Fox News would never allow the kind of America bashing Krugman’s publisher, The New York Times, did. Well, I guess if you don’t count Fox’s daily attacks on liberals – who, last I checked, were still part of America – O’Reilly might have a point.

The big hullabaloo was over a brief Times blog post Krugman wrote in which he said, “What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue.”

So to prove how wrong Krugman was, Fox spent way more time than anyone would have spent reading his post and hyped it as yes, a wedge issue of their own. Sadly, it was a point that seemed to be lost on almost every Democrat I saw on Fox who discussed it. I’m hoping Alan Colmes, who usually appears on Tuesdays, will pick up the slack if this hissy fit is still going on tonight.

So important was this “issue” that O’Reilly made it the subject of his Talking Points Memo that opened the show. For good measure, O’Reilly also went after Chris Hedges, a former Times reporter, for his supposedly poisonous comments about 9/11. In fact, attacking Krugman and Hedges was just about the only discussion O’Reilly had about the 9/11 anniversary – again, pretty much proving Krugman’s point.

But then, at about the three-minute mark, O’Reilly attacked the Times’ irresponsibility for such rhetoric.

Yeah, we do have freedom of speech, but there’s also a responsibility in the journalistic and political communities, is there not? …All clear-thinking Americans should condemn it.

Later, in his “Weekdays with Bernie” segment with Bernard Goldberg, O’Reilly brought up Krugman and Hedges again (at about 4:20). O’Reilly insisted that Fox News would never allow such irresponsible rhetoric as Krugman’s. O’Reilly said to Goldberg:

I don’t know how they (NY Times) live with this. And I’m thinking about the Fox News Channel. If you came on this show, and you said, ‘You know, Bill, America’s a terrorist nation. You know, we’re as bad as Al Qaeda. We’re shameful. We’re disgusting.’ All of this. We wouldn’t use you here. It’s not that you don’t have the right to say it. It’s just that we have the right to bring to our viewers some honesty… But I guess they don’t feel the same way.

Goldberg said, “It’s important to try to understand how this comes about.” He added, “These pieces by Krugman and Hedges may have been published in the last 24 hours or so but they were written in the 1960’s because that’s when this reflexive liberal position kicked in that if something goes wrong, it’s America’s fault and America’s a shameful country as a result. Before that – forever before that – liberals as well as conservatives thought America was a great country."

Somehow, O’Reilly and Goldberg “forgot” about the bile spewed about President Obama, Democrats and liberals that can be found any day on Fox News. In fact, Glenn Beck received a very warm welcome on The Factor during that same show.

You remember Beck, don’t you? He was the guy who accused our president of being a racist with a “deep-seated hatred” of white people. He’s also the guy who compared President Obama to Lucifer, the guy who suggested Obama administration “radicals” might “eliminate” 10% of the American population and the guy who suggested rebellion against the Obama administration was needed. Beck didn’t just accuse and malign (as Krugman supposedly did), he routinely used violent rhetoric while doing so.

Not long ago, Jon Stewart did a terrific segment about the victimology of Fox News. While holding themselves up as victims of meanie, unpatriotic, hypocritical, America-hating liberals, Fox Newsies makes a habit of attacking liberals in far more vicious ways than any of the attacks complained of. Stewart caught Fox News hosts, pundits and regular guests making such statements as: “Liberals don’t care about free speech,” “Liberals are Godless people,” “Liberals love dictators” “The left is uniting with Islamists,” they “sabotage America,” are “destroying America” “endangering America” and “plan to ruin your life.”

The Fox News hissy fit over Krugman and Hedges is exactly the same MO all over again.

When are professional Democrats going to catch on and challenge it?

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