Tuesday, March 23, 2010

O'Reilly on "wild" health care rhetoric on talk radio: "End of the world ... almost hysteria".

Bill describes the reaction of right wingers calling in to US right wing radio talk shows to discuss Obama's healthcare reform as "wild", "the end of the world" and "almost hysteria."

Has it just occurred to Bill that this is his audience? That these are the people that he and his channel regularly feed raw meat to? Does he feel that he has no responsibility that a certain section of the American public are so hideously ill informed?


The reaction from conservatives across the board was almost unhinged, with some saying that the healthcare vote "will do more damage than 9-11".

– Right-wing radio host Neal Boortz tweeted that “Nancy Pelosi will be grinning and laughing” following the health care vote, which “will do more damage than 9/11.” [3/21/10]

– Conservative blogger and and CNN contributor Erick Erickson bemoaned that “Democrats voted to put people in jail who have no insurance, raise the costs of health care, destroy the federal government’s bond rating, [and] keep unemployment high.” [3/21/10]

– Libertarian blogger Megan McArdle warned that “we wake up in a different political world” following the health care vote. She lamented, “Are we now in a world where there is absolutely no recourse to the tyranny of the majority?” [3/21/10]

– Fox News host Glenn Beck said on his radio show today that “Jesus Martinez” might support the health care bill, but “not the Jesus of Nazareth I know.” [3/22/10]

– Bill Kristol compared the passage of the health care bill to Napoleon Bonaparte’s Russia campaign, in which the former dictator was initially victorious but eventually beaten back. Kristol predicts that Obama’s “Waterloo will be November 6, 2012.” [3/22/10]

– Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh said on his show this morning that America is now “hanging by a thread” and that “our freedom has been assaulted.” [3/22/10]

I've said it before, but how do you deal with people who only seem able to talk in the most apocalyptic terms?


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