News Hounds: O’Reilly Channels Beck: The Left Is “Setting The Table For Violence In This Country”
O’Reilly Channels Beck: The Left Is “Setting The Table For Violence In This Country”
Bill O’Reilly sounded a lot like Glenn Beck like last night (6/16/11) as he discussed riots in Vancouver and Greece and jumped to the conclusion that a) it was all about the “far left,” b) it was fostered by a climate of government dependence (and we know who that entails!) and c) this has “set the table” for the same kind of violence to happen here. Shameful.
Near the end of his show, O’Reilly brought up the riots that erupted in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. Rather than offer any kind of real discussion about the cause, O'Reilly announced that “far-left loons” had taken to the streets. He never explained how he knew their politics – was any polling done? Or does O’Reilly just “know” who did it? The answer seems to be the latter because he continued by saying, “As you may know, Vancouver’s a very permissive town, similar to San Francisco and there’s a hard-core anarchist group that lives there. They are responsible for the carnage. It had nothing to do with the game.”
It’s funny, FoxNews.com had nothing about the politics of anyone involved in the Vancouver riots in its AP article on the subject – other than to quote the mayor who said the inciters were “organized hoodlums bent on creating chaos.” The article went on to note that, “While police said it was mostly young people responsible for the mayhem, an equally young crew turned up in jeans and rubber gloves, some with Canucks jerseys, ready to help clean up.” It must have been the "far-left loons" doing the rioting, the right-wingers doing the clean up while the "liberal media" AP missed that important distinction, eh?
But O’Reilly continued,The question is, could this kind of thing happen in America and the answer is, Yes.” About half the population here now believes income redistribution is the right thing to do. We’re setting the table for violence in this country. Once people start depending on the government for their livelihood, for essentials, then those essentials are taken away, you’re gonna have violence. Also, the more far-left loons there are, the more potential for violence there is. Those anarchists want to burn down everything. So we can watch the stuff in Vancouver and Greece but we shouldn’t think it can’t happen here. The pinheads in America are mounting.
It’s worth noting that what O’Reilly fears is not people losing or never getting “essentials” but rioting over the loss of what (to him) they should not get without “earning” in the first place. OK, everyone is entitled to their own opinion – even if it’s an “I got mine, too bad if you didn’t get yours” attitude like O’Reilly’s.
What’s inexcusable is his paranoid, incendiary – and unsupported – contention that the half of Americans who disagree with him are “pinheads” “setting the table for violence.”
Just another example of how there's almost nothing too denigrating about the left that can be said on Fox News (though they'll squeal like stuck chickenhawks at anything that remotely smacks of disparagement when a conservative is under fire).
You can contact “no spin” O’Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video via Media Matters.