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Rachel Maddow vs. Bill O’Reilly

August 9th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have reason to believe that some readers of my blog are conservatives who watch Fox News and are fans of Bill O’Reilly. Since they know I’m a fan of Rachel Maddow, the fact that Bill O’Reilly has recently taken to criticizing her might make them feel that they can more easily dismiss what I have to say, seeing as how she’s just a “far-left loon” who engages in “paranoid, dishonest rants” based on no evidence.

Now while I do think Bill O’Reilly genuinely believes what he says and that he has been somewhat unfairly demonized on the left, he just refuses to see the truth here. The accusation that Rachel has been making against Fox News and which I’ve been making on my blog is that Fox News deliberately hypes up stories—often based on misleading evidence—in order to push a false narrative that black people are trying to redistribute money from white people to minorities.

Rather than insist that black people really are trying to take money from white people, O’Reilly simply claims this is ridiculous and Fox News would never report negatively on black Americans.

O’Reilly viewers: if you want to be intellectually honest, you have to watch Rachel Maddow’s rebuttal:

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This is how media works. Conservatives spend decades accusing the media of rampant liberal bias, so the mainstream media moves to the right in order to deflect those accusations. Now that liberals are finally fighting back and calling out conservative media for its bias, they’re not sure what to do with themselves.

If Bill O’Reilly is as intellectually honest as he claims to be, he probably recognizes somewhere deep inside himself that Maddow is right. Hopefully, he’ll catch himself before he pushes another “the blacks are coming for your money” story.

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