Bill O’Reilly discussed the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood by making himself out as the real victim.
O’Reilly opened the show by discussing the Colorado Springs shooting for nearly nine minutes. Not once did he mention the people killed nor the status of the prosecution nor what is known about the alleged perpetrator. He was too busy hating on anyone who might have thought that the inflammatory rhetoric coming out of Fox – which the shooter echoed – might have had something to do with motivating the crime.
O’REILLY: Planned Parenthood officials are blaming the killings on harsh criticism directed at the organization.
For example, almost immediately thereafter, O’Reilly said, “Planned Parenthood is in the baby body parts business and deserves much of the harsh criticism directed toward it.”
Who doesn’t deserve criticism is St. O’Reilly, who repeatedly vilified abortion provider George Tiller as “Dr. Tiller, the baby killer” before he was assassinated. In fact, the tragic shooting in Colorado seems to have brought on O'Reilly's PTSD from the trauma of public opprobrium after Tiller's death. So what's a poor victim to do other than to to start another round of attacks on a murdered man?
O’REILLY: For $5,000, Dr. Tiller would terminate any pregnancy for any reason. He was nicknamed ‘Tiller, the baby killer’ by organizations who objected to his grizzly practice.
It’s bad enough that O’Reilly misrepresented Tiller’s practice but it’s even more disgusting that O’Reilly tried to act as if he was not a prime promoter of the “Tiller, the baby killer” epithet. Check out the video below to see what I mean.
O’REILLY: I reported extensively on Tiller and after he was assassinated by a man named Scott Roeder, some far-left loons blamed me. The truth is, I reported accurately on Tiller, whose assistant was stripped of her medical license after the assassination.
Even if O’Reilly’s claims were true, there’s a big difference between “reporting accurately” and using such deliberately incendiary language as “Tiller, the baby killer.”
“The big picture,” according to O’Reilly, is that both Tiller’s assassin and the Colorado shooter “represent their own sick selves, nothing more.” O’Reilly even graciously (in his own mind) threw in a reference to Tyshawn Lee, a black nine year-old whose murder Fox uses to attack #BlackLivesMatter protesters. As if Fox hasn’t repeatedly blamed #BlackLivesMatter for police deaths.
After his opening commentary, O’Reilly welcomed Austan Goolsbee, an economist and former Obama cabinet member. Goolsbee’s a fine guy but he’s hardly an expert in abortion politics. He either didn’t know the extent of O’Reilly’s hate mongering or else gave him a pass on it.
However, Goolsbee did tell O’Reilly, “To the extent you’re saying, 'Let’s tone down the rhetoric, let’s tone down the generalization,' I a hundred percent agree. …It doesn’t take any responsibility away from the criminals for us to say, ‘Let’s tone it down a little bit.’”
But O’Reilly wasn’t saying, “Let’s tone down the rhetoric.” He was saying that the left, only, should tone down its rhetoric.Because Planned Parenthood deserved "every single thing they got."
O’REILLY: I’m not gonna tone it down. …I’m not tonin’ it down, alright? Planned Parenthood deceitfully started an industry where they were selling the body parts of aborted fetuses or babies, depending on your point of view, alright? They didn’t want the public to know it, they were doing it for money and they deserve every single thing they got, all exposure, all the reportage. …It’s barbaric! …I’m not toning anything down!
Fact check: Planned Parenthood was not selling body parts.
Sadly, Goolsbee was at a bit of a loss. Instead of confronting O’Reilly on his dishonest and vicious tactics, he played the “both sides” do it card.
Including the cop? Why does Bill hate the Police?
And for someone as thin skinned as O’Reilly, he sure suddenly develops a rhino hide when deflecting responsibility.
Troll patrol, over and out.
My apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.
No, Tim, the REAL hypocrisy here is that you “righties” always point fingers at OTHERS’ failings. You spew hatred and vitriol and then act surprised when someone else actually carries out the actions that your kind talk about (but, deep down, your ilk are pleased with the violence).
Just like O’Reilly. He spent weeks and months vilifying (and targeting) Dr Tiller, and has refused to accept that HIS words led to the man’s death. Even in this case, he’s blaming Planned Parenthood by CONTINUING to perpetuate right-wing LIES that have been thoroughly debunked (not that right-wingers think they need to accept the REAL facts, when their invented facts are so much better). And the shooter here (who, let’s remember, shot a couple of cops in the process—I guess, in O’Reilly’s world, they also deserved “every single thing they got”) was spouting the same sick bullshit that O’Reilly and his right-wing liars have been spewing against Planned Parenthood.
Now, just go slink back to your sewer.