Another day, another O’Reilly attack on Sandra Fluke. As I’ve previously written, Bill O’Reilly – like his fellow Fox News host Eric Bolling – has largely ignored the giant Rush Limbaugh controversy over his misogynistic attacks on Fluke, the Georgetown Law Student who testified before Congress in favor of contraception coverage in health insurance. Instead, O’Reilly has used his discussions to attack Fluke in ways that just so happen to mimic Limbaugh. But last night, O’Reilly sounded much like his former colleague, Glenn Beck, touting a big discovery that Fluke is now represented by – wait for it! The same company that employs former Obama operative Anita Dunn! O’Reilly offered up no connection between Fluke and Obama or even any direct relationship between Fluke and Dunn. Still, O’Reilly seemed certain he was on to something!
In a segment Fox News called “Who is running Sandra Fluke?” O’Reilly never found an answer. He reiterated his theory that the Fluke controversy was “manufactured to divert attention away from the Obama administration’s disastrous decision to force Catholic non-profit organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control and the morning-after pill.”
O’Reilly didn’t explain how the Obama administration convinced Limbaugh to go into a multi-day, over-the-top rant so as to place Fluke so much more front and center in the national consciousness. But maybe that explanation will come in time. Or maybe there’s a secret connection between Dunn and Limbaugh, too. Maybe Limbaugh’s radio talk show has all been a clever ruse to lull conservatives into believing he’s one of them so that now, just when it matters most, he can help Obama enact his socialist agenda!
O’Reilly called it “very strange” that he was having trouble tracking down “just who is sending Sandra around to the media.” Beck would have been so pleased to hear O’Reilly add, in his most conspiratorial tone, that Fluke had appeared on “eight national news programs where she was not challenged at all.” Furthermore, O’Reilly found it “very unusual” that Fluke would not return his show’s phone call inviting her on The O’Reilly Factor.
Psst, Bill. It might have something to do with the way you painted her as a slut for wanting contraception covered in health insurance. It’s true you didn’t use any of the awful language that Limbaugh used but, as I previously noted, you came across as just the same kind of prick.
“There was no other public contact” known for Fluke beyond her cell phone, O’Reilly said damningly. “A man named ‘Mike’ has booked her on a few programs but we can’t even get his last name. And Mike doesn’t provide call back numbers to those with whom he speaks. So Mike, who are you? And why the subterfuge?” I hate to break it to you, Bill, but it could be that Mike and Sandra are just not that into you.
Or it’s just one big plot emanating from the White House. All we needed was the Glenn Beck chalkboard. Maybe the Fox News producers will roll that out tomorrow night. Along with a revelation as to where George Soros and Van Jones fit in.
O’Reilly continued, “Now, late today, we found that Ms. Fluke is now being repped by the progressive PR agency, SKDKnickerbocker where ANITA DUNN (his emphasis), the former Obama communications director is the managing editor! Aha! So this whole deal comes back to the White House! At least indirectly.” Not really. By my count, there are about 40 people in the Washington office of SKDKnickerbocker. O'Reilly didn't even offer up anything to show that Fluke had ever even talked to Dunn (unless she goes by the secret code name "Mike"), much less had a connection to the White House (though Obama did famously call Fluke the other day to offer his moral support). In fact, Dunn has said she is not involved in Fluke's case.
In the end, this “connection” has all the significance of the Hannity/Breitbart exposé the night before in which President Obama was seen in a videotape hugging a “radical” law professor in 1990. Maybe O’Reilly was jealous, even though #BreitbartHasTape has become a Twitter laughing stock. As O’Reilly recapped “what we know,” he couldn’t get much more than “It seems there is a powerful presence behind Sandra Fluke and as the polls show, the controversy has benefitted the President of the United States.”
Looks like we need a new Twitter hash tag. How about #O'ReillyFindsConnection?
But that’s only part of what I meant to say. The other part is that I know it’s the law so tough sh——t if we think we got a raw deal.
Supreme Court is all I have to say on that.
Stanley, many people (Sandra Fluke’s argument) have low paying jobs and want the insurance to be FREE. Those who qualify will use Title 10, otherwise you’ll be FORCED to pay for ObamaCare.
If you voted for Obama, then you’re happy right?
Sandra Fluke argues that the people she represents wants free contraception which is included already, but some orgs will be allowed to opt out of the contraception. She wants no opting out possibilities.
I understand that money is her issue – but my issue is upholding Religious Freedom and that it must prevail.
There’s a big difference in choosing to offer X insurance by the Church or whoever and being forced to offer Z.
Forced is the key word.
What people say is that everyone is using contraception, so what’s the big deal and on the surface I’d agree. But look just a bit further and deeper.
It isn’t about people in the USA being not so Mormon or Catholic or Jewish etc. It’s about standing behind your religion – even if you aren’t a poster child of that religion.
We need our religions to be pure and to try to direct us – even if we don’t care to listen. They cannot be FORCED to go against their doctrine.
Also, I didn’t vote for ObamaCare. I wasn’t represented in the Senate or the House – we didn’t have a majority so thanks to Obama’s Chicago pressure we now have to suffer.
At least until we get this ugly, monster overturned.
Sandra Fluke is just the tip of the iceberg. We can expect thousands more like her, before it’s over.
Many nice people will be very upset when the FREE goodies are gone and even other goodies that help a lot of people.
That’s what happens when governments overspend. Now we have to suck it up and get our budget to balance.
Nothing I’ve said should be disagreeable to any citizen of the USA. I love rep/dems/indep/libs and we must unite to get the job done.
have to pay for contraceptives. Either the insurance
company will, or, I imagine, it will be the individual,
because that is really who is paying the premiums.
Most organizations, and I imagine companies, look
around to find good plans that are affordable.
They have their employees use these, and the
employees have to pay the premiums monthly for
whatever coverage they have. At a University where I taught, we had to pay monthly premiums for medical care. And that carries over into retirement.
No institution like a hospital or university can afford
to pay for the insurance of its employees and/or students. Some are probably already strapped for cash. Students and employees pay the premiums.
Georgetown’s United HealthCare student policy
does not cover contraceptives.
Georgetown’s faculty policy does cover contraceptives.
This inconsistency was one of the things Fulke felt was
wrong at Georgetown. Students need contraceptive
coverage for prescribed contraceptives.
plan, serviced by United HealthCare. Students in 2012 were to pay $1895+ in fall semester, and about $1200 in spring semester. I wonder what the principle is of mandating students to buy insurance or else?…..
As far as Fluke’s religion,it doesn’t matter one whit. She has every right to be as religious,or as irreligious as she deems fit. As does every person in this country. It’s called freedom.
The church has already been allowing contraceptives to be issued through their insurance. They have for years. Fluke’s testimony pointed out that for students,there were roadblocks to getting those prescriptions filled by insurance that the students pay for. The church doesn’t pay for it. They simply contract out to insurance companies to fill a need in the student community. The church doesn’t have it’s hands even in the money part,or the providing part.
The church should not even be up in arms about this. This is over medical needs prescribed contraceptives. Not sex. If people want contraceptives for that,they can go to the local health department and get free rubbers. Doctors don’t prescribe for sex.
If Religious Orgs are going to get State exemptions (and I believe in Religious Freedom!) then the insurance coverage must exempt contraception AND vasectomy as well.
I’m a woman and believe whole heartedly in contraception and I’d like it FREE, but I’m not willing to pay the high price of giving up Religious Freedom to get it.
I’d rather pay at Walmart or work for a company that offers it. There are lots of people who shop jobs that offers insurance that covers their issue.
The fact here is that Limbaugh acted terribly toward this person and only made the smallest move toward an apology after days of consistently bad behavior when his advertisers began to flee. Trying to spin this in another direction feels like an act of right wing desperation.
Believe me. I like contraception and I like it FREE, but I don’t want religious orgs forced to provide anything that goes against their doctirne.
This idea is critical and we need to preserve it! I’m glad Obama at least backed down a tiny bit . .; . " no church-affiliated institution with a doctrinal objection to contraception would have to pay for the coverage, or even tell employees that it’s offered. Insurers would have to inform covered employees that it’s available and free." He will be working on other issues I guess (Like the issurers going against the church doctrne) – let’s see what he does – I’m not holding my breath.
Rush should say “My funny joke is hilarious, just like Bill Mayer’s joke on Palin, right?”
Medicare is not free. Obamacare will be paid to private insurance companies in almost all cases by the individual policy holders. At GU students are mandated to pay $1800+ for fall semester and $1200 for spring semester coverage. Or they must demonstrate coverage on some other plan equivalent or better than what GU has arranged with United HealthCare Insurance Co. But at GU the student plan does not cover birth control—contraceptives. But the faculty medical plan does cover birth control. So, Ms Flukes
was arguing in some of her talks that she felt this was an inconsistency that was unfair to students. And she did not talk about her sexual activity, nor claim any desire to have contraceptive coverage for herself. So
Limbaugh and many since who heard him have formed
this erroneous opinion that she is sexually promiscuous and wanted birth control. I hope she sues Limbaugh for his failure to check the facts before he spouted off his venom onto her.
Of course, I don’t see one comment below that doesn’t argue against your position, we’ll see if my comment sees the light of day in this column, and other’s treat me with respect. Before signing out, I note that I have not called anyone names, nor have I cast aspersions upon anyone’s integrity. I have asked a few simple questions.
If you would like to find me, I tweet at @Samuel_Clemons
Fox was the place for birthers until they started looking stupid, then Hannity proclaims that fox rarely mentioned the birther issue and he certainly didn’t. Now that Sheriff Joe has weighed in, the birther issue is suddenly “cool” again. It doesn’t matter to them that the birth certificate has been authenticated and is real, all that matters is that it keeps the base riled up.
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, “Well, the trouble with our conservative friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isnât so.”
They got the damn vote…..most of the time, at least. Isn’t that enough??? Now they want equal rights?
Bill O’Reilly. Nizkor.
Because he works for the king of the hackers. And he was calling because he wanted to offer her a loofah/falafel shower.
Maybe Sandra Fluke is a normal person who got a lot of attention because of Rush Limbaugh’s extremely nasty comments about her. Maybe Rush inadvertantly turned her into a political celebrity. Maybe all those interviews Bill O’Reilly bemoans are due to the attention she was getting during the Rush scandal.
Maybe her friend Mike is the one who’s been shielding her from many of the calls and is actually just a friend trying to help her out.
Maybe she signed up for representation after all these interviews as a result of them and not as anything pre-planned. Meaning that the right wing has created their own bogeyman.
And not for nothing, but how did Bill O’Reilly get her personal cell phone number and why the heck was he calling it?