You just can't make this stuff up. Bill O'Reilly provided a national media platform for lies and vitriol against abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. This contributed to a climate of hate in which Tiller was assassinated by a man who shared Bill's "pro-life" views about "baby killers." Bill even received a "courage" award from the hate group, Family Research Council, for his bravery in promoting the "pro-life" cause. But now that the Komen foundation for breast cancer reversed their decision to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood breast cancer screening, as a result of the outrage it sparked among American women who value women's health and who stand with Planned Parenthood, Bill is whining about "bigotry" against those who are "pro-life." Cry me a river, pal.
O'Reilly reported that there was a "big abortion controversy" regarding Komen's original decision to withdraw grant money from Planned Parenthood. O'Reilly didn't explain that the money was for breast screenings. Bill didn't note that the uproar wasn't about abortion; but rather about Komen's decision to pull funds for women's health. That the reason that the funds were pulled as a result of "pro-life" pressure on Komen from outside and inside the organization was secondary to the outrage about the impact of the decision on women's breast health. O'Reilly claimed that the leftist press was outraged and then showed video of breast cancer survivor, Andrea Mitchell, rationally interviewing the head of Komen, Nancy Brinker, who talked about the pressure on Komen regarding their decision. Bill added that "after a few days of that stuff," Komen "surrendered to Planned Parenthood" which is a popular right wing, pro-life meme articulated by Megyn Kelly; i.e. that Komen caved.
After introducing his guest, Bernard Goldberg, O'Reilly proclaimed that "the intolerance is on the left about the abortion situation, they don't respect people who are pro-life." Goldberg said that "there is a strain of bigotry" in the conservative community which is seen in their attitude towards gay people and about which he is uncomfortable. Bill then proceeded to show his right wing bigoted homophobia when he claimed that the right wingers, who object to Ellen DeGeneres' being the spokesperson for JC Penney (subject of another Factor segment), do so because DeGeneres "flaunts" her homosexuality. When Goldberg objected, O'Reilly said that she makes her gayness "a cause" which is a popular homophobic trope about any gay who advocates for gay rights which include same sex marriage. To his credit Goldberg said that she has every right to do so.
O'Reilly got in the final word, "the bigotry against pro-life people is way more, I think, than the bigotry against gay people, particularly in the media because the media supports gay people, generally." Goldberg agreed.
So pro-lifers get no respect? Does Bill think that harassing women who walk into women's health clinics, in order to get a legal surgical procedure, is respectful? Does he think that the kind of exultation, shown by pro-lifers, after Tiller's death (On a Fox Nation thread that was shut down) was respectful? Does he think that his continued attacks on Tiller (and the women who used his services) were respectful? Is it respectful to publish names, addresses, and other personal information about abortion providers on "pro-life" websites? How respectful is it to protest, with grisly fetus photos, outside of abortion provider's homes? And does Bill O'Reilly think that the congressional attempts to defund a major health care provider for women, a measure supported by O'Reilly, is respectful? And of course it should go without saying that re-criminalizing abortion which, one assumes, O'Reilly also supports, will take us back to the dark days when rich women got what they needed and poor women died in back alley abortions. And that's the ultimate disrespect and bigotry towards women. If pro-lifers don't get respect, maybe there's a reason?
And for those of you "bigots" who stand with Planned Parenthood against misogynist "pro-lifers" like Billl O'Reilly, here's the thing. Every time Bill derides Planned Parenthood, contribute some scarole to Planned Parenthood. Do it for Bill!
I had Dr. Tiller murdered just to show how pro-life I am.
Where my shock lies is how many women that covered/spoke for this on Fox News couldn’t drop the agenda enough to realize that Komen’s high horse has already expanded into realms where it can affect them as rich women.
Because they expanded their high horse to stem cells, they also cut funding to the following:
$3.75 million to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
$4.5 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center
$1 million to the U.S. National Cancer Institute
$1 million to the Society for Womenâs Health Research
$600,000 to Yale University.
They refuse to fund cancer research for them because they also do stem cell research- another pro-life boogeyman.
Yet, here are the women of Fox News, defending this kind of sickness. They can’t even condemn The people making and enforcing these calls for being mostly women themselves.