Bill O’Reilly once again ignored the opinions of real experts in order to both promote his fear mongering about Africans and Ebola and use them both to race bait President Obama.
In last night’s segment, O’Reilly “just asked” if race is the reason Obama administration will not impose a travel ban to Ebola-afflicted countries.
O’Reilly has already argued that that is the reason. But last night, he outsourced the racial finger pointing to one of Fox’s African American black attackers, Jason Riley. Meanwhile, O’Reilly ignored the actual (white) medical doctors who agree with Obama. Riley, on the other hand, has no medical credentials.
Riley gave no indication he had done any investigation or research into the subject nor that he had actually spoken to anyone in the Obama administration to find out from them why they oppose a travel ban. But that didn’t stop him from declaring, “Sure I think there’s a racial angle. This administration is obsessed with race and racial slights and maintaining street cred with the black community and I think that has played in to the decision regarding the Ebola policy. Definitely.”
But O’Reilly had the segment nicely set up so that he could play the racial good guy. “Don’t you think the African American community is like every other American community – it wants to be protected?" O'Reilly asked. "They don’t want people coming from the affected regions right now. …Don’t you think most African Americans would support that policy? I do.”
That’s right black America. It’s not you, it’s your black president to blame.
“Sure,” Riley agreed. “But the administration’s concerns are political. They don’t want to do anything to offend the black community. And a policy that bans people from West Africa from coming to the United States could be spun that way.”
Yes, and my neighbor’s goats could start dancing the bossa nova tonight. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen – because science suggests otherwise.
Watch the discussion below, from the October 29 O'Reilly Factor.
Are those restrictions and bans race related ? And more, are all the restrictions and bans that many countries have not implemented race related ? Canada, for example ?