Bill O’Reilly (1949- ) was a racist blowhard who had appeared on Fox News on US television night after night for the past 21 years, from 1996 to 2017.
O’Reilly had four million viewers, the most for any US cable news show – at least till the last month or so when Rachel Maddow on MSNBC started pushing the Russiagate story hard.
An O’Reilly Racism Sampler:
On Sylvia’s in Harlem:
“all the people up there are tremendously respectful … I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.”
On why Trump will not be able to bring down Black unemployment:
“Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads and I hate to be generalized about it, but it’s true.”
On Trayvon Martin’s death:
“it wasn’t based on skin color … he was wearing a hoodie and he looked a certain way. And that way is how ‘gangstas’ look. And, therefore, he got attention.”
His advice to Martin Luther King III, son of a famous civil rights leader:
“Don’t abandon your children. Don’t get pregnant at 14. Don’t allow your neighborhoods to deteriorate into free-fire zones. That’s what the African-American community should have on their T-shirts.”
On the slaves who built the White House:
“Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government”
When talking about the border patrol:
“We’d save lives because Mexican wetbacks, whatever you want to call them, the coyotes, they’re not going to do what they’re doing now, so people aren’t going to die in the desert.”
On his use of the slur “wetback”:
“It was not meant to disparage people in any way.”
On immigration, speaking to John McCain:
“Do you understand what the New York Times wants, and the far left want? They want to break down the white, Christian, male power structure – of which you’re part, and so am I. And they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say that you’ve got to cap it with a number.”
On the nature of Asian Americans:
“Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They’re usually more industrious and hard-working.”
On his and Fox News’s racism:
“I don’t know any racists. I don’t know anybody, on either black or white people, who don’t like, like our staff here is integrated, and my assistant is black, she’s been with me for 25 years. I just never see this.”
Tropes: He was big on Black pathologies and the Black-on-Black crime argument.
Advertisers were fine with this stuff. It was not till the past few weeks when sexual harassment allegations came out that advertisers pulled their ads, advertisers like Advil, Reddi Whip, Hyundai, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jenny Craig, Ancestry.com, Liberty Mutual, Allstate and dozens of others. He was fired April 19th 2017.
– Abagond, 2017.
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