For the last several days, Bill O’Reilly has been making a big deal out of a “racially motivated” beating of two white reporters for the Virginian Pilot by some black people (their race seems to be more important than determining their numbers, as far as The O’Reilly Factor’s reporting is concerned). All in a day’s work of “looking out for you,” especially if you think white victims are discriminated against by the media. But, sadly for O’Reilly, it seems Virginia doesn’t appreciate his efforts on their behalf. Not only has the local news reacted less than favorably, Virginia’s Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, a frequent friendly face on Fox, more or less told O’Reilly to mind his own business during a contentious interview last night.
Last night, O’Reilly devoted several segments to this all-important story (for those dedicated to righting racial wrongs against whites). Starting with his Talking Points segment (the first video below), O’Reilly played a series of clips of Virginia news reports that hit back at him. It’s part and parcel with being a righter of social wrongs, apparently. “We knew, WE KNEW that some in Norfolk would try to hurt us for doing so,” O’Reilly announced. Just think of him as a modern-day Rosa Parks as you watch the montage of critical clips.
Fox fans might easily write this off as liberal-media bias – always out to get the fearless, truth-telling Factor – were it not for Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli sounded not so friendly as usual as he told O’Reilly last night, “Contrary to what you reported Monday, I do not have, as Attorney General of Virginia, any legal authority to step in and intervene in this case.” He also sounded not so friendly when he responded to one of O’Reilly’s challenging questions by sneering, “’Cause you have all the facts, Bill, just like Monday, when you got it wrong on Monday.”
Although he took a swipe at the Obama administration, Cuccinelli let O’Reilly know, in no uncertain terms, what he (Cuccinelli) thought of O’Reilly’s attempts to hasten prosecutions. “We gotta let this play out. You are on a news cycle. We are on the cycle of trying to build a good case against more than one person… We don’t give hints, we don’t share investigative materials… We don’t want to do ready, fire, aim… No one at this moment is in immediate danger.”
O’Reilly’s playing with some serious fire here. This isn’t like Tiller, where a good enough lawyer can absolve him legally- if something erupts, he’s well documented basically forcing it to happen.