Bill O'Reilly showed exactly the kind of man he really is this week when he went out of his comfort zone and went on "The View". During a discussion about the planned Muslim Center in New York O'Reilly said that he felt that the plan was "inappropriate". That is fine, it is his opinion. If he believes it is inappropriate than good for him. What followed however is a perfect example of why our tv personalities have given a large swath of this country misinformation and caused the current era of mistrust and hatred.
When he was pressed on why he felt it was inappropriate he explained that it was "Muslims attacked us on 9/11". What happened after that was great television. The great bully was for a minute put in his place as Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar went ballistic at his notion that an entire religion attacked us on that day. He tried to stay on his point by asking one of the most absurd and wrong questions of all time "Muslims didn't attack us on 9/11?" Shortly after Behar and Goldberg walked off the set. I wish they had not. I wished they would have stayed and given O'Reilly a little taste of his own medicine by yelling over him, interrupting him, and finally telling their director to turn his mic off.
For his part Bill O'Reilly has not apologized for throwing an entire religion under the bus for the act of a small minority of extremists. Trying to cover for his Fox News co-worker, Brian Killmead tried the up the dumb comments fiasco, when the next day he proclaimed that "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists were Muslims." Really Brian? This may surprise some of you viewers as they view the Weather Underground from the 1970s as terrorists, none of which were terrorists. I am sure this will come as quite a shock to victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, the attacker that day definitely was not Muslim, though in the early parts of the day people were trying to paint the bomber(s) as "Muslim descent".
This is, at it's purest sense, the very reason why large groups of Americans distrust and hate an entire religion. Because of people like Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and some of the fine folks at Fox News who continue, to this day, pushing the line that because a few extremist Muslims attacked us on 9/11 we must blame the entire religion and anyone that believes in that religion. Not to mention framing anyone who rightly does not believe that an entire religion attacked us as "terrorist sympathizers".
It is disgusting behavior. I am not going to hold my breath though waiting for an apology from O'Reilly because he believes he did nothing wrong and he will probably even turn around and demand that Goldberg and Behar apologize to him. If he does (again not holding my breath) eventually apologize for his comments you can bet that it will be one of those famous Non-Apology apologies where he states that he is sorry if anyone was offended.
Bill O'Reilly, the king pinhead.