Just what America needs now… old, white guy Bill O’Reilly lecturing black people in Ferguson with his list of dos and don’ts for how to behave. And did you know it’s almost all about Al Sharpton?
In case you’re interested, O’Reilly’s marching orders for African Americans are:
- Don’t riot or loot. We certainly agree with this. But not for the reasons O’Reilly says: “The people rioting and looting in Ferguson are dishonoring the memory of Michael Brown and his grieving family. They are insulting them.”
- Shut up about police brutality. “In 99.9% of (police arrests), the perpetrator was not killed by police.”
- Blame yourselves instead of the police: “91% of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks.”
- Obama was right to speak out about Ferguson but now he should shut up: “President Obama was completely correct to call for calm in Missouri. That is his job, to lead the nation. But now, the president should step aside and allow his own Justice Department… to uncover the facts.”
- Most of all, you should hate Sharpton: O'Reilly was almost seething with his hatred for Sharpton. You might have thought that he orchestrated every single event in Ferguson:
"NBC News pays Al Sharpton to deliver garbage. …Al Sharpton has the nerve to insult the American police community. …This charlatan has the gall to do that and NBC News is paying him. My God, why is that acceptable?
…Al Sharpton is going to speak at the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday.
…To the race hustlers, Officer Wilson is already guilty; they have convicted him. Their slogan is “no justice, no peace.” I guess that’s lynch mob justice because those people will never accept anything other than a conviction of murder in this case. They don’t really care what happened. They want Officer Wilson punished.
He should be punished (if he’s guilty) but Officer Wilson is entitled to the presumption of innocence that we all have under our Constitution, something Al Sharpton will never give him because Sharpton only cares about his own self-aggrandizement. And if he has to stoke racial hatred to get that, that’s what Sharpton will do. I know this man.
For the record, I dislike Sharpton and think MSNBC should fire him. But lots of African Americans think highly of him and stamping your white foot and demanding they stop doing so is not likely to convince them. Plus, you have to question the wisdom and motivation of making that demand just now.
So what is O’Reilly really trying to accomplish here? He must know this kind of talk is not the way to reach the troubled black populace in Ferguson. More likely, he is playing to his own audience, which he surely knows is old and white. And the only conclusion you can draw is that he’s deliberately stirring up racial grievance and agitation of his own.
Oh, and with a little bit of racial smear politics mixed in, too. O’Reilly complained that Sharpton has “succeeded in bringing his brand of racial grievance to the White House.” How so? Has Sharpton been advising Obama? Playing golf together? Nope. Sharpton was at the White House along with O’Reilly when President Obama announced his Brother’s Keeper initiative.
If you’re interested, Trayvon Martin’s father gave Megyn Kelly a nice explanation as to why he and other African Americans feel that Sharpton is a positive and important force in their lives. That's the second video below
Watch O’Reilly’s race hustle in the first video below.
Well, apparently CNN beat FOX “news” for the 25-40 demo ratings in prime time on Monday and Tuesday nights. You know BOR must have hated that and had to get back in there by returning from vacation knowing that the folks would tune in to watch him mouth off against Sharpton. And it worked as FOX “news” took back the top ratings in the prime time 25-40 demo for Wednesday night.
Also, in addition to CNN beating FOX “news” in the prime time 25-40 demo, there could also be some concern on BOR’s part about him/his show (as Megyn Kelly beat The Factor too in both Monday night’s prime time 25-40 demo and total viewers; Tuesday night she beat The Factor in the 25-40 demo). LOL!
When it comes to BOR, never forget that this guy loves getting attention and ratings. In the end, it’s always about himself.
Ratings info from Nielson Media Research via Mediaite
It’s too funny (pitiful) that BOR would accuse Sharpton of only caring about his own self-aggrandizement. Considering the way BOR pimps up his own analysis and his own experiences every chance he gets, a self-aware person would realize the gross hypocrisy of such a statement. Of course, BOR’s ego is too large to leave any room for self-reflection.
And “if he has to stoke racial hatred to get that, that’s what Sharpton will do. I know this man” – really, BOR? Are you actually going there?! With all the race baiting, race hustling and whitesplaining that BOR has done in his FOX “news” career, I just gotta say pot, kettle, black.
No matter what one’s feelings are about Sharpton (I do not care for his show), the fact is that Brown’s family asked Sharpton to come there. BOR doesn’t respect that and despises it that Sharpton is getting any attention – so now BOR has to make sure that he gets himself some attention even if it means he has to become completely unhinged in the process. It’s sad really.
Another thing that comes out in this and BOR’s past rants is that he absolutely hates it when his own remarks are seen as racist – remarks that rely heavily on racial stereotypes, showcases his ignorance and, as Ellen pointed out, that pander to his white, conservative viewer base. We know darn well that BOR and his staff have heard/read the comments about how insulting, condescending and out of touch his whitesplaining is and how he’s just as much a race-hustler as those he criticizes. So, in order to deflect the rightful criticism of himself, BOR must point a finger at Sharpton and tell us all to “look over there”.
Sorry, BOR, but you have too much of a tainted history with regards to inappropriate race-based remarks/jokes to now try and play the outrage card by carrying on like a lunatic about Sharpton. It’s called projection, BOR, and there’s mental health professionals who can help you with your problem.
Also, BOR said, “So, let me restate. 12 million arrests a year, 400 fatal shootings, many of them justified!”
Many of them are justified? Many?!?! Considering that so much of this case rests on whether the killing of Brown was actually justified or not, to say that “many” of them were justified seems really lame and is a piss poor standard to hold out to the folks.
Btw, why is it that so many FOX “news” talking heads are eager to make sure that Officer Wilson is presumed innocent until proven guilty but they don’t offer up the same sentiment for Brown? Yeah, don’t answer that – it was just a rhetorical question.