The day of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, Mike Huckabee said, on Neil Cavuto's afternoon show, that there is violence in school because "we've systemically removed God from our schools." On his own Saturday night show, he doubled down on his religious reasons for the shooting with commentary about how God has been removed from public life - a screed that included the Fox abetted lie about taxpayer funded abortion pills. His points were validated by Geraldo Rivera. But during Monday's conversation with Bernie Goldberg, about politicization of the event by both left and right wing media, Bill O'Reilly feigned ignorance about Huckabee's original statement having been made on Fox News. And while Bill bloviated about liberal media transgressions, he didn't seem to want to do the same about Huckabee.
After criticizing Andrea Mitchell, a highly credentialed news person who is a favorite scapegoat for the right, O'Reilly said, in reference to media that discussed guns and gun violence, "it doesn't matter what it is, their political agenda overrides every humanistic concern." Goldberg talked about "a reasonable period of time in which we simply mourn" and described television as our "national cathedral" where we "grieve together." After stating that it only "took minutes for the left in the media to start in with their gun agenda," Goldberg noted that "conservative media also used the tragedy and the media to further their agenda.
Bill, seemingly a tad irritated, asked "how did they do that." Goldberg cited talk about how the carnage was the result of God being taken out of schools. Underscoring the idiocy of his audience, Bill said that he got letters "saying that." Goldberg continued with a reference to talk about how "we have a million abortions a year which cheapens life and that somehow this is related to what happened. … As if an insane gunman, an insane, mentally unstable gunman, cares about God in the classroom or abortion. We know he doesn’t."
Bill curtly said "OK" and opined that he didn't think the shooter was insane because "he knew right from wrong." He pontificated: "Now, I didn't see that level of, I got letters saying that 'what do you expect, you take God out of the classroom, there's not value of right and wrong anymore. But I didn't see that, certainly didn't happen on the Fox News channel. I didn't see it." After Goldberg retorted "yes it did," O'Reilly: "I didn't see it." Goldberg: "It happened on a Fox News channel." Bill started to say he'd "take it;" but then asked if it "were front and center or was it just, cuz it didn't happen on this program and I was watching prime time coverage and I didn't see a lot of that. " Goldberg, (realizing that he wasn't on script or maybe getting a message through his ear piece, from the producer, to switch topics?) said that "there's more of it from the left" and asserted that he was "disgusted with both sides."
Bill might be master of his own supposedly non-ideological Fox domain; but he's not the master of other's. Mike Huckabee's inane comments certainly did happen on Fox which is the same network that carries commentary, by Bill O'Reilly, that isn't all that different. Ya think!
Note - The abortion comments were made, I think, by Dr. Dobson on his radio show, not on Fox. It was interesting, though, that Goldberg didn't mention Huckabee by name.
Bernie went as far as to call his right-wing extremist readers “paranoid.”
It seems conservatives are slowly distancing themselves from these far-right wing extremists. They realize that the extremists within the Republican Party have cost them the 2012 elections.
The right-wing extremists and Fox “News” Channel are the anchors that will finally bring down the Republican Party.
I too was surprised that Goldberg didn’t specify that he was talking about Huckabee – I think he didn’t want to push it any farther than he already had. Yes, he could have said “Mike Huckabee said exactly that both on Fox and Friends and then on his own program!”, but while he’d be correct, O’Reilly would have taken it as a challenge.
It’s possible. All of the Fux Volks are self-centered and unrelentingly lazy when it comes to their “work”. Their master Rupert has set it up that way (phone-hacking?!! WHAT phone-hacking?!!!). Why consider anything beyond your own greedy wants when you are a script reader in your day job? After work you just want to hide in your gated community and wallow in self-adulation – right Killer and Co …
So if BOR didn’t see it for himself or it wasn’t said on his program, it must not have happened?! Welcome to the bizarro world of self-important pundits like BOR. Geez. At least Goldberg managed to tell the truth in this case.
If BOR really did not know what was said on his own network (and conservative radio) , then he does extremely poor show prep as even I, just an average citizen, knew what agenda-type of comments had been made by conservatives about this tragedy. But, if BOR did indeed know and played dumb in hopes of providing cover for the stupid, inaccurate and inappropriate things that some consevatives said about the shootings, shame on him for being such a dishonest “analyst”. Either way, BOR comes off looking like an ass.
Seriously, BOR, how about watching your own effin’ channel before you start point fingers at the other networks? If you are honest (are you even capable of being truly honest?), you’ll find that FOX “news” does/says things that prove that their (and your’s?) “political agenda overrides” everything.