Former Clinton Chief of Staff Comments on O'Reilly Racist Statements

  • 9-30-07 -- And Podesta said the same thing I did, that instead of saying he was misquoted and taken out of context Billy should just apologize and move on. If he had done that it would have been a 2 or 3 day story, instead of a week long story.

    John Podesta, Pres. Bill Clinton's former chief of staff, and currently head of the Center for American Progress, is speaking out on Bill O'Reilly's radio comments. In an interview with David Goodman of Boston's WERS-FM Podesta said O'Reilly should apologize.
    "What Bill O'Reilly says never surprises me because it's always so over the top. In this case, I think it offended some people. I think rather than saying he was misquoted and quoted out of context he ought to just apologize for what he said and move on from there."
    I agree with Mr. Podesta. But lets get real about this, no spin zone right. O'Reilly did an hour long discussion on the radio factor about race relations in America. In that hour he made a couple racist comments, now he claims that if you do not play the entire hour long tape of the dicussion you are quoting him out of context.

    That is ridiculous, no news show has the time to play the entire hour. And in fact, O'Reilly never quotes the whole tape, or reads the whole transcript when he quotes people. So he does what he says other people cant do, so it's total hypocrisy. To be quoted in context you only have to quote enough of the conversation so that people know what you are talking about.

    O'Reilly is trying to impose standards for quoting him that he does not have himself, and standards that nobody could implement because of time limits. And on top of that if you make racist comments like this:

    O'REILLY: "I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship. It was the same, and that's really what this society's all about now here in the USA. There's no difference."

    O'REILLY: "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, 'I want more iced tea.' You know, I mean, everybody was -- it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."

    Those are racist comments, even if they were quoted out of context. If I talk for an hour on race, and I make 1 or 2 racist comments, they are still racist comments, even if they are out of context or not. I dont care if you play the whole hour long tape and put his comments in context, they are still racist comments, and he still said them. To even say those things shows what he thinks in his mind, in context or not.

    Billy is saying he was misquoted, but nobody misquoted him, those are his words, right from his own transcript. He also claims his statements were taken out of context because the media outlets who reported on them did not play the whole hour long tape. Which is insane, and that means Billy has to play the entire tape when he quotes someone, and that will never happen, on any news show, including the factor.

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