Pope Francis' views on the evils of the trickle-down system of capitalism don't comport with Bill O'Reilly's gospel of f**k the poor. But when it comes to abortion, the devout, divorced Catholic O'Reilly is solidly with the Pope. Tuesday night, O'Reilly excoriated the so called liberal media for having played up the Pope's comments about social justice while ignoring the Pope's recent comments which condemn abortion. It was vintage O'Reilly. While claiming that the media exploits the Pope, he clearly used the Pope to smear the media. So O'Reilly double standard, check. And in attempting to smear the media, he provided information that wasn't true. So O'Reilly lie - check. But Bill O'Reilly is a devout Catholic and divinely inspired, too. So it's all good....
After showing a photo of the Pope, under which were the words, "exploited by the media," O'Reilly told his wing man, Bernard Goldberg that when the Pope made his remarks about "some capitalists," it was reported by major media; but when the Pope recently commented on abortion, "that got no mention at all, none." Side kick Goldberg agreed and claimed that "we did some checking" and "the networks have devoted exactly zero time to that." O'Reilly reinforced the point: "Zero, no mention."
O'Reilly preached that the Catholic doctrine on abortion, that "all life is sacred," is a "basic doctrine of Christianity" and that "Christian doctrine opposed it [abortion]." O'Reilly is either deliberately lying or is sadly misinformed because several mainstream Protestant religions and the "Clergy Coalition for Choice" support a woman's right to end a pregnancy.
Given that O'Reilly was using the Pope to condemn the non-Fox media, his next comment was LOL worthy: "But when the media, the national media uses a Pope or exploits the Pope as I think they did in this case on capitalism and then turns around and doesn't report the other stuff I think we have a serious problem in this country, Bernie." He claimed that the story about the Pope's condemnation of abortion "does not exist."
As proof of his message, that the content in the evil non-Fox media "reflect their values and their friends' values," O'Reilly discussed how, when he was a "hard core reporter at CBS and ABC" he never mentioned his devout Catholicism because nobody else talked about religion. Goldberg claimed that his experience was similar because "virtually nobody in the news room cares very much about religion." He noted that "every poll" says that journalists are "not especially religious."
As a loyal O'Reilly wing man, Goldberg validated O'Reilly's aforementioned comment about how opposition to abortion isn't just in the Catholic Church. His comment, "that's why it's good to have people who are people of faith who can sort of balance things out a little bit in the American newsroom," couldn't have been more scripted. (MSNBC's Chris Matthews is very open about his Catholicism and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough frequently alludes to his Southern Baptist beliefs.)
O'Reilly doesn't like the godless media because, in part, they panned his divinely inspired "Killing Jesus." But wouldn't ya think that O'Reilly, who has become the new defender of the Catholic faith (cept for the commie social justice stuff), would try to tell the truth? And on a more mundane level, wouldn't ya think that O'Reilly, as a "journalist," would want to present accurate facts? Turns out that he's either sadly misinformed or is a bald faced lying propagandist because the story about the Pope's comments on abortion was on CNN so there was a network mention. While I don't have access to transcripts of the nightly news, I can't say whether it was mentioned on other networks; but O'Reilly's claim that the story "doesn't exist" is clearly wrong:
- Los Angeles Times: "Pope Francis decries abortion as 'frightful' sign of wasteful culture"
- CBS: "Pope Francis denounces abortion after decrying Church's focus on rules"
- Washington Post: "Pope says abortion evidence of ‘throwaway culture’
- NBC: "Pope Francis makes toughest remarks yet on 'horrific' abortion"
- ABC: Pope Says Abortion Evidence of 'Throwaway Culture'
And BTW, it looks like even godly conservative journalists reflect their own values. On Fox, Stuart Varney opined that the Pope's teachings are socialist! And when it comes to the church's position on abortion, Fox is there to defend it. Social justice and immigration, not so much. I do wonder what the Pope would say about proud, professional Catholic Bill O'Reilly who makes his living lying and engaging in personal attacks. Bless him father for he has sinned? Hmmm....