Fox News television host Bill O’ Reilly has yet again fanned the flames of race with remarks remarks that will further divide this country.
The most infuriating thing about Bill O’ Reilly is the dazzling extent of his intellect, he is one of the smartest men in the country.
He could realistically run for President if he wanted too.
Bill is an established best selling author, and one of the most successful cable televison hosts in history.
He is also an academic, an historian of the highest order.
That time Bill O'Reilly got his internal and external monologues confused https://t.co/CBy8wl4II1
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 21, 2016
The O’Reilly factor is a massive platform, even those that disagree with his political views must respect the credibility of his program.
O’Reilly is at his best when discussing matters of policy, critizing politicians that are slacking, or asking the tough questions.
He is at his worst when he makes reckless remarks that invoke race.
For example, when interviewing President Elect Trump earlier this year, OReill made the statement that many African Americans are “ill edcuated, and have tatoos on their foreheads”.
Or when he attacked Michelle Obama after her sensational Democratic National convention speech
His generalizations can be highly offensive, and it’s even worse when he attempts to rationalize his actions in the context of being academic.
Bill has stepped in it again, and this sequence of remarks might be the worst yet.
O’Reilly was attempting to explain why the Electoral College is needed in America, and why he believes the efforts of the left are more about taking power away from the white people in this country.
From Fox News
This is all about race,” O’Reilly said. “The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. Therefore white working-class voters must be marginalized, and what better way to do that than center the voting power in the cities.
USA: 63% White.
Congress: 87% White.
Top CEOs: 96% White.
Bill O'Reilly: The Left wants to reduce White power.
Oh no! Not FAIRNESS!
— JRehling (@JRehling) December 21, 2016
“Neutralizing the largely white rural areas in the Midwest and South will assure liberal politicians get power and keep it,” he continued. “White men have largely abandoned the Democrats, and the left believes this is because of racism — that they want to punish minorities and keep them down.
"They want to break down the white, Christian male power structure" — O'Reilly in 2007 https://t.co/AboGyc2bX0
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) December 21, 2016
“The left wants power taken away from the white establishment, and they want a profound change in the way America is run.”
These remarks are offensive for several reasons.
- Saying the “white establishment” is the type of rhetoric we heard during the civil rights movement. It would be one thing to be referencing a political party, or an administration, but Bill is citing white people as a social establishment in 2016. O’Reilly is openly admitting that he views minorities in this country as being beneath the common white man or woman. That we are not all created equal.
- He is acting like inolerance, and progression is some type of vendetta against white people
- He throws cold water on the idea of white privlege, he dismisses it as if he is not reality.
Bill O’Reilly can make all the excuses he wants, he can sugar coat his commentary to his heart’s desire.
But after years and years of questionable remarks, advocating for the “white establishment” on television is going to cement the perception that he is a bigot.
He seems like a decent man in the clips I have seen during his program, it’s a shame that his inability to control his mouth will forever dominate the public perception of him.