The Bill O'Reilly Non-Apology Shirley Sherrod Apology
By: Steve - July 23, 2010 - 9:00am
Have you ever heard a person give an apology to someone that was not an apology, well you did on Wednesday, by Bill O'Reilly. Bill O'Reilly never did say he was sorry to Shirley Sherrod.
Here is the exact quote from O'Reilly, from the Wednesday 7-21-10 Factor show:
O'REILLY: On Monday night The Factor ran a tape of Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod speaking to a group of NAACP people last March. Ms. Sherrod's speech was more than 30 minutes long and we used just a small portion in which she said that years ago she did not help a white farmer as much as she could have because he was white. After hearing that, I said Ms. Sherrod should resign from the USDA, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack felt the same way, so the woman was fired.
Take note of EXACTLY what O'Reilly said, he said "So I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework, for not putting her remarks into the proper context."
What I did not know at the time was that Ms. Sherrod told the farmer story in order to make the point that 'we need to overcome the divisions that we have.' So I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework, for not putting her remarks into the proper context.
But then he never actually said he was sorry, he just said he owes her an apology, and then he never said it. Not once did he say he was sorry to her, he just said he owes her an apology, which is not an apology. It would be like me saying here is that $10.00 I owe you, then I walk away without giving you the $10.00.
Now everyone is giving O'Reilly credit for saying he was sorry, when he did not actually say he was sorry. Then after the non-apology he went on to smear her and imply she was a racist. And then Thursday night O'Reilly had a segment asking Megyn Kelly if Sherrod violated the Hatch Act, but Kelly said no. So O'Reilly tried to smear Sherrod again the very next night with made up claims that she violated the Hatch Act, even though he knew she did nothing wrong.
This was not an apology, it was a promise of an apology that never happened, with a smear job on top of it. Proving once again that O'Reilly is not a man of his word, that he is a biased right-wing hack, and that he has no integrity or credibility as a journalist.
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