O'Reilly Said Tiller Guilty Of "Nazi Stuff"
There have been so many powerful and moving stories about murdered humanitarian doctor George Tiller, and I have nothing to add. He was a great man. But some people fanned the flames of hatred against him, and bear particular responsibility for helping to incite today's act of domestic terrorism. Gabriel Winant, in Salon:
But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller's name first appeared on "The Factor" on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O'Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as "Tiller the Baby Killer."
Tiller, O'Reilly likes to say, "destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000." He's guilty of "Nazi stuff," said O'Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, he suggested on March 15, 2006. "This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao's China, Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union," said O'Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.
And O'Reilly didn't limit this blood lust to Tiller:
This is where it gets most troubling. O'Reilly's language describing Tiller, and accusing the state and its elites of complicity in his actions, could become extremely vivid. On June 12, 2007, he said, "Yes, I think we all know what this is. And if the state of Kansas doesn't stop this man, then anybody who prevents that from happening has blood on their hands as the governor does right now, Governor Sebelius."
Three days later, he added, "No question Dr. Tiller has blood on his hands. But now so does Governor Sebelius. She is not fit to serve. Nor is any Kansas politician who supports Tiller's business of destruction. I wouldn't want to be these people if there is a Judgment Day. I just -- you know ... Kansas is a great state, but this is a disgrace upon everyone who lives in Kansas. Is it not?"
And it gets worse. From an O'Reilly transcript:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
PORTER BARRY, "FACTOR" PRODUCER: Why are you one of the only doctors who does these kind of abortions?
TILLER: Nice day isn't it?
BARRY: They call you Tiller, the baby Killer. Is that appropriate? .
TILLER: I'm think I'm going to get in my car and go to work.
BARRY: Dr. Tiller, don't you think...
TILLER: Hi, is this 911? This is Dr. George Tiller. I am at Edgemoore and Harry at QuickTrip. I'm being accosted by the people from O'Reilly. Yes, and they are preventing me from getting in my car and leaving.
BARRY: You can get in your car and go, Dr. Tiller.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
Speaking of blood on hands: at what point do we call O'Reilly for what he is? A clear and present danger!