O'Reilly Hypocrisy On The West/Schultz Story
By: Steve - July 23, 2011 - 9:00am
Bill O'Reilly and Stuart Varney (both Republicans) agreed Thursday night that Tea Party Congressman Allen West (R-FL) was simply defending his honor, when he personally attacked Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) as vile and unladylike for criticizing his voting record.
O'Reilly said this: "I think he should have gone after Wasserman Schultz the way he wanted to," adding that West should not apologize:
VARNEY: He is a man of honor, a blunt military guy. Maybe he could have used softer language. Perhaps he should have.
His defense of West, who has refused to apologize, is typical of O'Reilly's chauvinism, dressed up as old-school masculinity.
O'REILLY: I don't care about that. I think he should have gone after Wasserman Schultz the way he wanted to.
VERNEY: But I don't think he should have apologized.
O'REILLY: I wouldn't have apologized either. Look, he used words that were forceful because he felt, as you said, his honor was impugned -- I have no problem with that.
But his defense of West is trumped by politics, because it shows a double standard. Following a similar incident last year, when Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter accused Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) of being unladylike, O'Reilly took Bachmann's side, excoriating and mocking Specter's insensitivity.
O'Reilly also defends any kind of attacks against Sarah Palin from the left, while defending attacks against Democratic women from the right.
West and Specter were both in the wrong in pretty much the same way, but O'Reilly defended one and attacked the other.
O'Reilly and Varney are not alone, other Fox hosts have defended West's harsh rhetoric as well while attacking Wasserman Schultz in obviously gendered terms. Host Monica Crowley took West's side while calling Wasserman Schultz "she of the angry perm."
Fox contributor and right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin, said Wasserman Schultz is nothing more than former congressmen "Alan Grayson in heels."
Now remember this, these are the very same women who cry foul any time a Democratic man says anything about a Republican woman. They claim it's gender bias, sexism, and they claim they are trying to shut them up. Then they do the very same thing, or defend a Republican man who does a personal attack against a Democratic woman.
O'Reilly is the worst though, because he attacks anyone from the left who says anything about Sarah Palin. While not only ignoring personal attacks from the right on Democratic women, he defneds the attacker, but only when a Republican is doing the attacking.
The worst part is that Wasserman Schultz did nothing to deserve the personal attack from West. She was speaking about West on the floor of the House, and she did not even mention his name, she simply said the gentleman from Florida is letting his voters down by supporting cuts to medicare.
Which is true, because she cited stats that show how many people in his district are on medicare. So his honor was not impugned, and the defense of his personal attack on her was ridiculous by O'Reilly, Varney, and the rest of the right-wing stooges at Fox.
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