During his “reality check” segment last night, Bill O’Reilly proclaimed, “We are on the bias watch.” By that he meant he’s on the watch for racial bias against white people – and Mitt Romney in particular.
O’Reilly announced, “We are on the bias watch. Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas in the zone tonight.” He played a clip of Lucas on a radio program:
Mitt Romney, he’s speaking to… a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or in any other elected position. Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don’t like folks like President Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position. He’s speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position.
O’Reilly intoned, “Check expects to hear a lot more that nonsense in the weeks to come. Ms. Lucas should be ashamed.”
Funny, O’Reilly didn’t seem to think Glenn Beck should be ashamed when he made blatantly racial attacks on President Obama, including Beck’s infamous comment that President Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” On the contrary, O'Reilly consulted Beck about Obama's outreach to African Americans. And where was O’Reilly when Fox regular (and slavery apologist) Jesse Lee Peterson announced on Fox that most blacks in Tennessee are racists? Nowhere, apparently, because Peterson has been welcomed back repeatedly on Fox since then.
Here’s what I think it’s really all about. As Fox News works in tandem with the Mitt Romney campaign in blowing dog whistles about Obama’s otherness, O’Reilly (and probably other FNC personalities) will be scouring around for any possible tidbit to be held up as “proof” of African American bias in order to paint black Obama supporters (and, by extension Obama, when he doesn’t condemn them) as racist. I have little doubt that will go hand-in-hand with other attacks on Obama policies as overly “pro minority,” too.
Otherwise, what is the import of Ms. Lucas' words if not to gin up racial animosity toward Obama-supporting African Americans – under the guise of playing the victim?
Fox “News” is speaking toâ¦ a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or in any other elected position. Fox “News” is speaking to a group of people out there who donât like folks like President Barack Obama in any elected or leadership position. Fox “News” is speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position.
That’s more like it.
Yeah, you keep looking for prejudice against whites, Bill.