Bill O’Reilly is still in dogged pursuit against discrimination against white people – as evidenced in the “racially motivated” assault in Virginia he’s been up in arms over. Our Margarita has done some excellent analysis of how O’Reilly’s has been showboating to promote his own agenda of protecting whites from the ravages of a media (and you know who they’re in bed with!) that’s overly sensitive to blacks. Last night, O’Reilly attempted a sensitive look at why the media has been ignoring the Virginia case – and he came up with this conclusion: the media and politicians’ fear of African Americans has led to injustice for white people.
In his Talking Points segment that opens every show, O’Reilly railed about the fact that “just one minor has been arrested” even though “scores of people witnessed the violence.”
“What’s really going on here?” Crusader O’Reilly asked.
Before we got the answer, O’Reilly threw out some statistics. There are 39 million African Americans in the U.S. comprising (only) 13% of the population, O’Reilly told us. He didn’t use the word “only” but it was hard to miss the hint.
He continued, saying that unemployment among African Americans is at 13%, compared to 8.1% for the country as a whole. 27% of African Americans are in poverty and 72% of African American babies are born to unwed mothers.
Then came the punchline: President Obama has an 88% approval rating among African Americans, according to Gallup.
O’Reilly acknowledged that the U.S. has not treated African Americans “right” “throughout history,” and “we are still having trouble with equality.” He added,
“The media fears controversy involving African Americans even while some in law enforcement do the opposite.” Translation: O’Reilly is the one who’s going to balance them both out.
He accused the media of “paternalism,” that they were ignoring the story in Norfolk because “they don’t want the nation to know that a mob of young black people beat up a young woman and her date, fearing it might embolden bigots.”
Nevertheless, victimized white people, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear on the show tonight and, O’Reilly said, “progress towards justice is being made.”
O’Reilly concluded the segment by saying, “Those thugs have to be held responsible, period.”
We are all for holding people responsible, no matter what their ethnicity, but O’Reilly’s passion for this case is more than a little suspicious. For one thing, assuming O’Reilly is correct that the lack of reporting in this case truly represents racial timidity on the part of the Virginian-Pilot (and hence all media but O’Reilly), why does that mean the same holds true for the rest of the media? I haven’t even seen this case discussed elsewhere on Fox. If ever there was a guy eager to take up a cause on behalf of white people, it’s Sean Hannity.
For another thing, where is O’Reilly’s interest in cases of white-on-black crime that don’t garner media attention? O’Reilly was slow in getting around to discussing the Trayvon Martin case and even when he did, he made a point of ignoring its racial aspects.
So, I’m sorry, Bill, but while you say you’re looking out for “us,” it looks like what you really mean is “so long as you’re a white person with a racial chip on your shoulder.”
So, how is honouring that “political correctness?” It wasn’t a big enough story for them to say they couldn’t honour the request, or they would have done it.
And BTW- if I produced a list of hate crimes that went largely to completely ignored, would Bill cover them all? I’ll be sure to only post white victim crimes…
That audience would be older white males in the deep south — or even blue-collar whites on Long Island (e.g., Levittown) New York.
We’ve seen this repeatedly on his program where he likes to feature stories on blacks (or Hispanics) behaving badly.
Apparently he is only “looking out for the folks” if the folks are white conservatives.
The editor of the Virginia-Pilot admitted they should have run the story sooner. Shouldn’t that have been the end of the story?
Apparently NOT when you can use it as red meat for some in your audience, on a nightly basis.