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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

O'Reilly Proves Emotional Stability Is Not Requisite To Success On Fox News

Bill O'Reilly is an emotional time bomb. Before we move to a recent  Addictinginfo piece, let's visit with a most famous self depiction of the Fox News "King of Bloviating."

A different time long past, but the following shows old horse do not change their trot.

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Guest Asks Bill O’Reilly How Many Black Friends He Has And He Absolutely Loses It (VIDEO)

AUTHOR JUNE 24, 2015 12:56 PM
Bill O’Reilly is not well. 2015 has been a pretty rough year for the flagship Fox News host after it was revealed that he was a serial liar who exaggerated or fabricated many of the “major” journalistic adventures he had bragged about over the years.
On top of that, Bill can’t seem to catch up with the times, unable to respond appropriately to this year’s growing list of racial injustices, nor even fully understand them. Watching The O’Reilly Factor you get the impression that O’Reilly isn’t just struggling to keep up, he’s no longer even living in the same universe as the rest of us. And yet he sits at his show’s desk and tries his hardest, day after day.
During his latest attempt to get America to stop talking about racism, O’Reilly invited Fox News co-worker Kirsten Powers, one of the network’s token liberals, to explain to him what the big fuss over race was.
“I’m saying that the world is being told by anti-American haters that we are a rank, racist society, and that is a lie,” O’Reilly sneered. In his mind, anyone who points out that racism is still an issue or that systematic injustice should be exposed and fought against is an “anti-American hater.” On some days he makes that point more explicitly than others.
But the fireworks didn’t begin until Powers struck a nerve about O’Reilly insulated world and how little he understands of the experiences of people of color from his ivory tower at Fox. 
After pointing out what should have been a pretty obvious point that many people in America are still racist (just check out the comment section on any article on Fox News’ website for a random sample), O’Reilly rapidly loses his mind.

I have to wonder about why you can’t see what’s happening, because most Americans are not racist,” O’Reilly said. “They’re not!”“Really? So how many black friends do you have?” Powers asked. “How many black friends do you have?”O’Reilly did not appear to be pleased with Powers’ question and said, “If you think most Americans are racist, I’m ashamed of you.”“I’m asking you a serious question,” Powers responded. “I didn’t say most Americans were racist.”
We see the familiar pattern here. O’Reilly starts panicking. He quickly lashes out at his guest by misquoting her. He pretends to take the moral high ground by dismissing the criticism as “anti-American.” And finally he bullies the guest into submission through sheer seething rage. 
So how many black friends does Bill O’Reilly have? Who knows, he was too busy shouting and attacking to ever answer. And by refusing to answer, O’Reilly maintains his ability to talk down to black people who are rightfully upset and scared about the injustices they face at the hands of the kind of white supremacy that O’Reilly assures them doesn’t exist. 
At the same time, O’Reilly argued that things like affirmative action and “fast-track” entitlements for African-American amount to little more than reverse racism against white people. It should be lost on nobody that the white supremacist who shot nine African-American men and women in Charleston said almost the exact same thing in his “manifesto. A point that I’m sure O’Reilly’s black friends, if they exist, would like to make him aware of. 
Watch the clip below via Fox News (O’Reilly’s meltdown begins around the 3 minute mark):

Feature image via Fox News screengrab
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