Tuesday, March 30, 2010

O’Reilly Says Media Are Using ‘Nuts’ To ‘Brand’ Tea Party As ‘Racists.'

O'Reilly thinks it is grossly unfair for the press to highlight the actions of a few Tea Party protesters and make them indicative of the whole.

O’REILLY: But the press showed no restraint at all in covering that story and immediately took that and branded the tea parties a bunch of racists. Now, that’s the strategy. This is why it’s a big story. Why I’m leading with it tonight on the Factor. And I got Al Sharpton in the seat. Because I can’t get the others and that tells me something too. I can’t John Lewis and I can’t get Emanuel Cleaver. These are the guys who made the accusations. They won’t come on. That shows, that tells me something. But anyway, the strategy is on the left because the Tea Party movement is a danger to them to brand everybody in it as a racist.

INGRAHAM: Isn’t that a sure sign of a scoundrel’s refuge, though? I mean, you always go to the racist charge.

O’REILLY: Sure. Of course it’s scoundrels. Of course, the left-wing media, you don’t get more scoundrel than those people. And but that’s what they’re doing. You can see it. You can see it that any nut — and there are some nuts, Laura, in the Tea Party movement — any nut and anything will be used to brand the entire movement.


“What is true is that the extreme far left is not often used to brand” the Democratic Party,” observed O’Reilly. “But the extreme right has been used to brand the Republican Party. And that, that’s what’s going on.”
Clearly, the actions of a few cannot be said to be representative of the actions or the beliefs of the entire Tea Party movement.

It's just a pity that Bill has been so keen to make the actions of the few representative of the many when it comes to the left.

In this clip Billo highlights an extreme minority of readers comments at the Daily Kos and implies that these are representative of the Daily Kos itself, which he brands “hatemongerers” like “the Ku Klux Klan” and “the Nazi Party.”

Billo has, in the past, been guilty of the very things which he is now berating the media for doing.


Montana said...

Since their inception the Teaparty crowd (not a movement since they do have the numbers or clout) have been “haters not debaters”. In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. They are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. Although some republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe most of them are just going along and fanning the flames. Lets face it the Republicans had 8 years to deal with health care, immigration and financial oversight and governance and they failed. They could not even win one of the two wars they started, the body bags are still coming in. The Republicans wanted to give Obama his Waterloo defeat over healthcare but instead they gave themselves their own Waterloo defeat by not participating in the debate of ideas and by becoming the party of obstructionist. But they now claim they have changed, come on, what sucker is going to believe that?

Kel said...

I agree totally. They are the nutbag wing of the Republicans and the party is scared to disassociate itself from them because they appear to be the only thing the Republicans have in the bag.

But it's insanity as I think the tea party loons will scare away independent voters.

The Republicans think they are going to walk away with the mid terms but I think that is extremely wishful thinking on their part.