Monday, June 01, 2009

Bill O'Reilly's crusade

Bill O'Reilly is never one to apologize for his outrageous, often racist, sexist and homophobic commentary. For years, he has targeted the Kansas physician, George Tiller, who was shot dead in his church yesterday by an anti-abortion rights lunatic, for special derision. Read here this excellent piece on Salon by Gabriel Winant, and then contemplate why such purveyors of such wretched vile like O'Reilly, Limbaugh and the like are considered "mainstream" voices who command a place in the Republican hierarchy.

And if you're thinking of responding, "Hey, Limbaugh and O'Reilly represent the outer-fringe of the Republican party and not the core of the conservative movement," think again. Yes, I'd be concerned if the words, "Newt Gingrich" and "Rush Limbaugh" were mentioned in the same breath as "party leadership." But the fact is that Limbaugh and Gingrich, who have never had a serious thought between them about anything, are the current faces of the Republican party.

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