We’ve all come to expect the worst from Bill O’Reilly and his minions at Fox “News,” but he stepped over the line the other evening while discussing the murder of three college students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
O’Reilly got outraged by Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, the father of the two murdered girls, saying that the shooting was motivated by anti-Islamic sentiments being propagated by the media. During the opening of his show, which he calls the “Talking Points Memo,” O’Reilly played a clip of Dr. Abu-Salha saying:
“With the media bombarding every American every day with news about what they call Islamic terrorism, none of which is Islamic at all, they are really preparing people for such tragedies and triggering them and provoking them.”
A father who is trying to process the senseless murder of his daughters is entitled to feel this way, wouldn’t you agree? But this is where O’Reilly started spewing bile out of his face. He began with a maudlin attempt at sympathy for the victims:
“Talking Points grieves for the three murdered young people. They are innocents destroyed by a disturbed individual.”
And then he let loose with his real feelings on the matter:
“Just as all the human beings being destroyed by the jihadists around the world are innocents murdered for absolutely no reason. It is simply revolting that any person would throw around accusations against people who had nothing to do with the murder.”
Wait a minute, Bill. What you just did there is known as a “false equivalency.” We were not talking about jihadists. We were talking about the murder of three students in North Carolina. So now it’s revolting when anyone says a crime might have been motivated by anti-Islamic hatred? That doesn’t fit into the narrative Bill and the paranoids at Fox “News” are trying to peddle. To hear them tell it, ISIS is at the border and about to overrun the United States! Quick, hide your family!
One of Bill O’Reilly’s favorite pejoratives for anyone he disagrees with is “pinhead.” Time to look in the mirror, Bill, and see the real pinhead.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org