As part of the “culture war,” Bill O’Reilly must be a commissioned officer in the anti-choice storm trooper division. In “looking out for us,’ he knows what’s best for women and as such, is very concerned about their reproductive organs.
His dismay about the demise of the white, Christian, male power structure indicates that he would love to go back to those halcyon days when big daddy knew best, and submissive mommy stayed home, baked cookies, and had nice, white babies; the good old days when uppity women, who denied their mission as mothers, bled to death or were maimed for life as a result of back alley abortions and “homemade” remedies for unwanted pregnancy (served em right, eh, Bill?); those happy days when women accepted the “shame” of an unintended pregnancy, dropped out of school, and gave their babies up for either adoption in a nice white home, or not so nice orphanages where abuse ran rampant.
Because the late Dr. Tiller (and the women who accessed his service) defied Bill’s 50′s world view, Bills continues his justification of his jihad against Tiller and those stupid, silly women who have late term abortions.
On yesterday’s (6/4/09) Your World, Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson joined host Neil Cavuto to discuss the good news that Wal-Mart is hiring 22,000 workers “without any government stimulus at all.” Rather than analyze or investigate the circumstances of the hires, Fox used the news to take a swipe at the Obama administration – and America’s workers – by suggesting that this had proved the government stimulus package was unnecessary. The “fair and balanced” segment featured a host and guest with, essentially, the same opinion.
The hate mongers on the far right will keep throwing around words like racist when talking about the very distinguished Judge Sonia Sotomayor — who is by everyone’s standards not a progressive, activist judge, but a voice of moderation and common sense. They will keep throwing around words like socialism and “centralized” government when talking about just about anything President Barack Obama says.
But they refuse to admit any connection between the hatred they spew on the evening news or their propaganda-filled Web sites and the out-and-out hatred behind acts of murder and terrorism being committed on our city streets.
A few days ago, Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed during church services at his Lutheran church in Wichita, Kans. Tiller was an abortion rights activist and performed elective late abortions for women, often times when troubling medical conditions occurred during the pregnancy and the mother’s life was at risk.
Andy Cobb (you can read more about him here) found inspiration in our post about Glenn Beck’s incest fantasy, which he delved into at great length in his book, The Real America. Now Cobb has brought Beck’s words to life!
Alex Koppelman, at Salon.com, caught former Pennsylvania Senator and Fox News contributor Rick Santorum playing love doctor on On The Record Monday night (6/1/09). Santorum joined the GOP/FOX News attacks on Obama for going on a date with his wife to NYC. But Santorum took it to comical new levels when he offered his condescending thoughts about how Obama, as a role model to the under-married African American community, ought to take his wife to the corner bar instead.
Dr. George Tiller, one of the few OB-GYNs in the country who performed late-term abortions despite threats to his safety, was brutally slain on Sunday in an act of domestic terrorism. Suspect Scott Roeder has been detained for questioning, but while Roeder may have pulled the trigger, another participant in Tiller’s tragic death is still at large: Bill O’Reilly.
… there’s no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller’s name first appeared on The Factor on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
“Tiller the Baby Killer.” That’s how time and time again on national television O’Reilly referred to Tiller — a man who worked within the confines of the law and was a legal medical practitioner. O’Reilly’s rhetoric helped feed the hate that led to Tiller’s killing, and we believe that O’Reilly must take responsibility for his abhorred actions. That is why we urge you to join CREDO in telling O’Reilly that he should “take responsibility for creating an atmosphere in which the assassination of Dr. George Tiller comes as no surprise. And ask him to pledge to stop spreading the hateful rhetoric that encourages violence against doctors who provide reproductive health care for women.” Click here to learn more about how you can help.
It is tremendously amusing to watch the right-wing talking heads try to bring down Obama Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor by accusing her of being unintelligent, inexperienced, racist, emotional, and of having a political agenda.
Obviously, calling a person who graduated at the top of her class at Princeton, went on to Yale and later edited the Yale law review “stupid” is…well, stupid.
Attacking a Hispanic person for being racist when, in fact, Hispanics can be of any race, well, that just smacks of…inexperience with Hispanics.
To accuse someone of being racist with no evidence, basing the argument wholly on one’s own right-wing perceptions of her non-race “race” (it is an amorphous invented ethnicity, darling) is…well, racist.
As NYU School of Law Professor Kenji Yoshino noted when he declared his support for Sonia Sotomayor in The Nation‘s forum “Following Souter,” President Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice “is a judge’s judge” who “would be a great successor to a great justice.” That has not stopped the conservative pundits–never the best judges of character or intelligence (eg: Bush, George W.)–from attacking the eminently qualified Sotomayor. Media Matters has assembled a collection of the right’s most unhinged, delusional reactions to her nomination.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh called Judge Sonia Sotomayor, just nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court, “a reverse racist,” appointed by “the greatest living example of a reverse racist.”
In synch with Limbaugh, albeit more delicately, Live Desk repeatedly suggested Sotomayor and Obama were racists because a) Sotomayor has said that gender and national origin play a role in judging; and b) Obama said that her “personal story” matters. But later, they took it a step further by distorting Sotomayor’s comments about the role of ethnicity and gender in judging and then legitimizing Limbaugh’s charge by playing the clip of his accusations and asking their guest for a reaction. Updated: Sotomayor’s comments were made while discussing the importance of diversity in race and sex discrimination cases.