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How Do You Feel About Bill O'Reilly's Lynching Comments?

How Do You Feel About Bill O'Reilly's Lynching Comments?

We linked to Bill O'Reilly's controversial comments in Link Time. Here's an excerpt:

I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that's legit.

Go read the story, and then give me your reaction.

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The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Foxie, there is a difference between celebrities who are paid to act and their politics are known because the papraqzzi follows their every move, and someone who is PAID to provide commentary on the news and is a so-called respected journalist (ha. . .). There is no liberal equivalent to Bill O'Reilly. And I find it incredibly ironic that you call anyone on these board a bully for criticizing his use of the word lynching in reference to a black woman. That type of KNOWING intimidating factor is the EPITOME of bullying. Do you seriously want to be an apologist that? P.S. It's not his opinions I have a problem with. It's his vile and hateful manner of expressing them (for, I suspect, the controversy and attention it brings him) that disturbs me. He sacrifices decency for ratings.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Foxie, there is a difference between celebrities who are paid to act and their politics are known because the papraqzzi follows their every move, and someone who is PAID to provide commentary on the news and is a so-called respected journalist (ha. . .). There is no liberal equivalent to Bill O'Reilly.And I find it incredibly ironic that you call anyone on these board a bully for criticizing his use of the word lynching in reference to a black woman. That type of KNOWING intimidating factor is the EPITOME of bullying. Do you seriously want to be an apologist that? P.S. It's not his opinions I have a problem with. It's his vile and hateful manner of expressing them (for, I suspect, the controversy and attention it brings him) that disturbs me. He sacrifices decency for ratings.
foxie foxie 8 years
Give me a break. He didn't threaten her, it's a figure of speech. People like you would be happy to make everyone constantly walking on eggshells so as not to hurt anyone's feelings. You are nothing but a bully.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
People have the right to free speech, as long as it does not violate the rights of others. O'Reilly can criticize Michelle Obama so long as he is not threatening, say, her safety. O'Reilly violated her rights, and he was getting paid with the expectation that he WOULD say something inflammatory to violate her rights. I believe that that would make Roger Ailes and the whole Fox News crew accessories to this crime.
kgtkgt kgtkgt 8 years
Not surprised at all. He has made racist and ignorant comments his entire career. I don't watch or like him as a human being. He has the 1st amendment to hid behind, however, the 1st want not created to allow someone to preach hate. O'Reilly, Rush, Anne C. and the like should watch there Karma!!
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
Well, atleast he admitted that he would indeed participate in a lynching. LoL, is that the "Culture War" he speaks of so fondly?
foxie foxie 8 years
TheCity- it would be trying to shove someone away into a corner and bully them into being quiet simply because they don't share your opinion. Sorry, but if I have to put up with Whoopi Goldberg and half of the rest of the celebrity population, you all should just learn to deal with O'Reilly.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Karisaamy--me too. It saddens me that so many Americans subscribe to his hateful and bigoted demagoguery. It's also dismaying that quite a few people on this forum seem to equate losing a position on television with being prosecuted and imprisoned for certain speech! That's really telling how Americans view celebrity status--and its potential loss. So this article and its attending comments are disturbing on that level, as well. Firing him would NOT be a violation of his free speech in ANY way. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be rid of him; he incites polarization and that really benefits Fox News' ratings.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Karisaamy--me too. It saddens me that so many Americans subscribe to his hateful and bigoted demagoguery. It's also dismaying that quite a few people on this forum seem to equate losing a position on television with being prosecuted and imprisoned for certain speech! That's really telling how Americans view celebrity status--and its potential loss. So this article and its attending comments are disturbing on that level, as well.Firing him would NOT be a violation of his free speech in ANY way. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be rid of him; he incites polarization and that really benefits Fox News' ratings.
Candybee Candybee 8 years
:clap: To you, minaminamina!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 8 years
I ignore Bill O'Reilly like I ignore Ann Coulter. They are shock jocks, pure and simple. Rarely do either of them give us anything valuable to ponder.
Candybee Candybee 8 years
He INTENTIONALLY used that term to be inflammatory. Thats what he does. He has a right to say what he wants, but I just don't listen to him. He's an idiot, a racist, and a bigot on top of that. His sole purpose is to insight anger in people. He's ridiculous.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I really hate Bill O'Reily, I'm always amazed that people want to watch and listen to him daily.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Im not shocked at all, maybe a poor choice of words granted...but sorry I love Bill. Freedom of Speech.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
It's BOR, what do you expect? He'll say anything for ratings.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
O'Reilly is a bigot no matter how he or anyone else tries to paint the picture. He just got himself in trouble with the whole Sylvia's incident. The reason the media is making a big deal out of what he is saying is because he continues to make these comments because they're what he truly feels. Sometimes I watch his program just to laugh at how he tries to spin everything while insisting that his program is a 'no-spin zone'.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
I bet if he had said I don't want to go on an exterminating party in reference to Jewish people he would be fired in a heart beat. Not trying to offend anyone at all but it's the same thing and this man get's away with saying some of the most offensive things. I mean what's next I don't want to go on a raping party against Hillary. Jeez!!
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 8 years
Bill O'Reily is a racisit closed-minded idiot fool and he knew exactly what he was saying and he chose the words because he was talking about a black woman. Man he is such an idiot!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Thank you for sharing your powerful perspective, minaminamina. I appreciate all the points of view represented in this discussion. Thank you everyone!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Thank you for sharing your powerful perspective, minaminamina.I appreciate all the points of view represented in this discussion. Thank you everyone!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ladeemahogany has officially ended this debate, and I give her a thousand high-fives for what she's said. :highfive:
Stella-Stylist Stella-Stylist 8 years
I just don't believe that this issue would ever be resolved. The facts are that there is indeed freedom of speech, racisim still exists and is never going away completely, and that there are going to be idiots who excerise both. The right to be racist and the right to use freedom of speech. That is the bottom line.
minaminamina minaminamina 8 years
I don't think he should lose his job, and he had every right to say what he said, but lynching was used to make "bad blacks" an example in our history, to terrorize blacks around the nation that would dare threaten the status quo of the time, and the word is still a terrorizing term. If he had used another word, if he had continued to stick up for Mrs. Obama by claiming he wouldn't "attack" her or "critique" her - that would be acceptable, to me. But he wouldn't "lynch" her? The man may not have planned to use that term, he may not have been attempting to make such a racialized statement, but that's what happens when the term is utilized. It means only one thing in America, and it's a terrifying thing to those of us of color who have family that had been lynched, who have parents and grandparents with scars from getting caught up in race riots and attacks in the streets during the Civil Rights movement and Black Power movement, who have suffered under continuing segregation in schools, racism at work in and in everyday life, and the sadly spreading racial violence in this country today. It is a TERRIFYING term to use, and maybe some cannot understand this who have been blessed enough to never have witnessed racism - I am glad for those who do not have to understand this, but I wish that those of us who do would have the equal right to protect ourselves against it.
indielove indielove 8 years
Trixie: In response to your question, I cannot speak for others but I would be equally, if not moreso upset if Bill O'Reilly was black and made the same comments. It would have been even more insensitive and irresponsible if a black person in the media had used those words. I do not know if it would provoke other people into having a huge discussion about it but I, for one, would be bothered by it. When you're in the public eye, you have to choose your words very wisely or else you're just throwing yourself to the wolves and you'll get eaten alive. Point is, Bill O'Reilly should have known better that this would have been the response he would have gotten but I have a sneaking feeling that he did it for the shock value. He is not a stupid man, he's just atrocious, that's all.
mymellowman mymellowman 8 years
They call me me mellow yellow. Let the crazy talk continue!!!!!!!!
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