Fox News keeps trying to spin itself away from Tea Party violence. The latest example came tonight on The O’Reilly Factor as host Bill O’Reilly made the claim that MSNBC engages in hate speech and promotes violence. O’Reilly said, “You’re talking about MSNBC and they traffic in hate speech from sign on to sign off.”
Here is the video from Media Matters:
O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham were talking about how the media ignores how the left incites violence, which led to this nugget. Ingraham brought up the hateful things said about people in the conservative movement on another network, which led Bill-O to say, “Look you’re talking about MSNBC, and they traffic in hatred from sign on to sign off. We know that takes place.” In the delusions of Bill-O it is the left that is out there driving people towards violence, not the right.
When in the left 25 years has anyone on the left incited violence the way that the right wing and Fox News has been doing for years? The odd thing about O’Reilly and Ingraham’s claims about the left wing inciting violence in America is that they never give specific examples, because they can’t. It is pathetic that Fox News is trying to justify its stoking the flames of violence with the excuse that the left does it too. The left doesn’t do it, but the Republican Party found a winning combination 30 years ago by scaring people into believing that Democrats were going to destroy their God, guns, and unborn children.
The entire right wing movement is based on fear, suspicion, and objection. MSNBC makes its daily bread by highlighting and condemning the violence on the right. No one at the network has ever acted as irresponsibly as Bill O’Reilly, who gins up the anger of the anti-abortion movement on a regular basis, and Glenn Beck, for whom violent rhetoric is a staple of his shows. Unlike Fox News, MSNBC, except for Olbermann, does not pander to the angry. Until MSNBC sponsors a bus tour for angry white people, as Bill-O’s network has done, I will continue to find it difficult to take their criticisms of other media outlets very seriously.