||O'Reilly's Nazi Comment Defense Was Laughable
By: Steve - January 27, 2011 - 10:00am
O'Reilly's response to an exposition on "Nazi propaganda" by Jon Stewart Wednesday night was just laughable, but before I get into that let me give you ALL the facts.
For years O'Reilly has used Nazi comparisons, he used them on the Huffington Post, the DailyKos, Michael Moore, Al franken, and on and on.
-- On the June 14, 2004 O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly compared both Michael Moore and Al Franken to Goebbels.
-- On the July 16, 2007 O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said that the Daily Kos is "like the Ku Klux Klan. It's like the Nazi party. There's no difference here." A day later, O'Reilly said "That website traffics in hate, as do the Nazi websites. No difference."
-- On The March 5, 2008 O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said this: "The Huffington Post, are the same exact tactics that the Nazis used in the late '20s and early '30s to demonize certain groups of people, so it would become easier for them, the Nazis, when they took power, to hurt those people."
-- On February 27, 2008 O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said that "I don't see any difference between Arianna Huffington and the Nazis. ... I don't see any difference."
-- In his July 16, 2009, syndicated column, O'Reilly wrote that "Under the guise of hard news reporting, the media is pushing rank propaganda on the citizenry. Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, successfully developed this tactic in the 1930's."
-- On the March 2, 2010 O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly said liberals who support gun control are "today's totalitarians," adding that in the past people like "Hitler and Mussolini" held such positions in favor of "state control."
Okay, so now you know that O'Reilly uses Nazi rhetoric, it is a documented FACT.
Glenn Beck also uses Nazi rhetoric, even more than O'Reilly does. In fact, Beck uses Nazi rhetoric almost every day, and has ever since starting a show on Fox.
So recently Megyn Kelly told a guest, who said to her that Fox anchors use Nazi rhetoric all the time, he was wrong. Then she said she watches Fox News all day and all night, and nobody at Fox uses Nazi rhetoric.
Then Jon Stewart does a segment on what Megyn Kelly said, with clips of Fox anchors using Nazi rhetoric, that proved she was wrong. Then O'Reilly decides to respond to what Jon Stewart did.
But what O'Reilly said was ridiculous, to begin with O'Reilly never even talked about the claim from Megyn Kelly, which is what Jon Stewart did the segment about, her lies that nobody on Fox ever uses Nazi rhetoric.
O'Reilly totally ignored that, which was the main reason Stewart did the segment on Kelly, and then he said his Nazi rhetoric was ok, because when he compared the Huffington Post to the Nazis he was responding to a comment there about Nancy Reagan.
Now let me give you ALL the facts. The comment about Nancy Reagan at the Huffington Post was made by an anonymous poster on a blog posting. And after the monitors saw it, they deleted it. The comment was not made by anyone who works for the Huffington Post, it was made by someone who left a comment in the comments section.
For all we know, it could have been a Republican doing it to make them look bad, nobody knows for sure, because nobody knows who left the comment. So then O'Reilly compares the Huffington Post to the Nazis, based on one comment on one blog posting, made by an anonymous person, and not an employee at the Huffington Post.
Now get this, when someone found a terrible comment on the O'Reilly Factor website, after Ted Kennedy died, O'Reilly said you can not blame him for a comment left on his website. He said it was deleted as soon as they saw it, and he can not be held accountable for what people say on his website.
Which makes him a massive hypocrite. Then O'Reilly claims his Nazi comment about the Huffington Post was ok, because he was responding to what was said about Nancy Reagan. While not saying a word about the lie from Megyn Kelly, that nobody at Fox ever uses Nazi rhetoric.
On Wednesday night Bill O'Reilly had the option of humbly conceding Stewart's point, ignoring it, or rationalizing his own abuse of Nazi analogies. Guess which one he went for?
You guessed it, O'Reilly defended comparing the Huffington Post to the Nazi Party on the basis that Stewart failed to provide the full context. And that context was this: an insulting comment about Nancy Reagan.
Make that a deleted insulting comment. Because if you click on the relevant Huffington Post piece on Nancy Reagan, you'll see that all of the comments have been scrubbed. The nasty comment about Nancy Reagan has been immortalized only in the right-wing blogosphere, including in an indignant column on BillOReilly.com.
So O'Reilly's defense for comparing the so-called "hate-filled blogs" to Nazis is that one random commenter on the Huffington Post said something cruel about Nancy Reagan in a comment that was later deleted. Funny how the full context doesn't actually make his Nazi analogy seem all that reasonable.
The whole defense from O'Reilly was laughable. O'Reilly acted like he had ONE Nazi comparison, when he had done it multiple times for years. Now here is what a real journalist would have done. Admit that Jon Stewart was right, say he was sorry for using Nazi rhetoric about the Huffington Post for what one anonymous poster wrote, promise to never do it again, and admit that Megyn Kelly was wrong.
O'Reilly did not do any of that, in fact, he never even mentioned what Megyn Kelly said. Then he put out some lame ass spin excuse on why it was ok for him to use Nazi rhetoric about the Huffington Post, but it's wrong for anyone else to use it. It was a joke, and it just shows that O'Reilly is not a real journalist, not to mention a massive hypocrite.