Saturday, February 14, 2015


Last night, Bill O'Reilly lashed out at those who've said that this week's murders of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were hate crimes. Even though O'Reilly accepts the possibility that a further investigation might prove this be true, he thinks anyone who believes it now and says as much is "vile" and "revolting."

That includes the father of the two young women who were murdered.

O'Reilly said this:
... The FBI is now looking into possible hate crime violations, but that investigation has just begun.

Hicks is a malcontent, a trouble-maker by all accounts.

He is an atheist who has attacked all religions on the net, and has also advocated for gay marriage.

Almost immediately after the shooting, the verbal accusations began:

DR. MOHAMMAD ABU-SALHA, FATHER OF THE N.C. FEMALE VICTIMS: “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.”


CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: “Whatever the motivations for this horrendous slaughter, it takes place in a context where subtle, persistent anti-Muslim bias is a part of American life and this feels like a wake-up call.”


SHAFI KHAN, FRIEND OF VICTIMS: “And I want to take a minute and ask people like Fox News and Bobby Jindal to stop dehumanization of Muslims. It’s really, really starting to take a toll.”

That's just vile.But it's standard issue these days.

Talking Points grieves for the three murdered young people. They are innocents destroyed by a disturbed individual.

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....
So, according to O'Reilly, it's "revolting" for "any person" to blame Islamophobes in the media. Even the grieving father of two murder victims.

What we know about Craig Stephen Hicks suggests that he got his Islamophobia more from Richard Dawkins than from Fox. But the two strains of Islamophobia feed off each other in America. If Dr. Abu-Salha spoke in his grief without carefully distinguishing one from the other, that's no reason to attack him.

But it's just another day at the office for O'Reilly.


Victor said...

FOX "news" is always there to start the fight, then, when the inevitable fight they incited starts, they put their hands up, and loudly say, "Wasn't us! Don't blame US!!!"

Orally is a gutless bully.

I went to the same college that he did - Marist - but a few years after he graduated.

After he became a fixture on FOX, at a reunion, I asked several of the older Professors if they had him in class, and what they thought of him?
Almost all of the ones who had him, rolled their eyes - the rest just kind of looked sad and shook their heads - so I didn't need any more than that to know that he was the same bullying asshole in college, as he was on TV.

He's proud of his years at what, in his and my time, was a blue-collar college, where a lot of us were the first in our families to go to college.

I don't think the college is proud of him.

He had a book signing on the same day as a reunion a few years ago. I asked some students how many people were in line to get his signature.
So few, it turned out, that he cut his signing time short, and left in his limo.


Unknown said...

Speaking of Bill O'Reilly, what penalty was assessed against him when he lied to claim his prior show had received 2 Peabody award?

aimai said...

If it doesn't make sense to accuse Fox news of instigating the murders of these poor kids why does it make sense to accuse Islam of instigating the murders of people killed by ISIS or that phantom enemy Islam itself? How can it be "vile" to ascribe agency to hate speech if O'Reilly himself speaks in this manner, continuously, of Islam and of Liberals?

Ken_L said...

"It is simply revolting that any person would throw around accusations against people who had nothing to do with the murder."

I wonder how O'Reilly manages to associate with so many revolting conservatives who constantly claim all Muslims are potential terrorists because their faith compels it.

Philo Vaihinger said...

Steve, no evidence of Islamophobia at all has been found. Nothing. Nada. Other than an admiration for Richard Dawkins, which is really pretty thin. But then I guess the only evidence liberals need is this, the shooter is a white American who is not a Muslim and the victims were Muslims. Case closed.

Robert said...

Philo Vaihinger,
Yup.It wasn't Islamophobia. It was gun culture that was behind this crime.
Let me know how anyone making that case does in the media.