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There's a lot that happens in politics that is just stupid. Stupid issues, stupid gaffes, and stupid reactions to those issues and gaffes. For instance, there was Michelle Obama's "American Pride" comments (covered here and here). The whole issue was faux outrage from the right for something that was clearly not what they made it out to be.
Then, we have Bill O'Reilly using highly stupid language in response to this "scandal." In what is sure to be only one of the early stupid language choices relating to African Americans in this campaign, he used the word "lynch." He was saying that he wouldn't want to form a "lynching party," and then even more stupidly added, "unless. . ."
So, is reaction to Bill O'Reilly's stupidity also stupid? I don't think so. O'Reilly--while clearly a nut--doesn't appear to be stupid. If the word did unwittingly slip his lips, you'd think he would have quickly backtracked and apologized. But that's clearly not his style. What is his style is to label a caller in to his show--accurately depicting his behavior--as a "Far Left Loon."
O'Reilly attacked as "far-left loon" caller who asked if he would apologize for "lynching party" comment
During the February 21 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing the controversy surrounding his prior remarks about Michelle Obama, Bill O'Reilly stated: "The word 'lynching' was used because I said it quite clearly. I'm not going to go on some lynching party against Michelle Obama; that's ridiculous." [snip]
Earlier during the February 21 show, a caller asked O'Reilly: "Do you think you owe Michelle Obama an apology for that disrespectful lynching analogy?" O'Reilly replied: "Of course not. I stuck up for the man -- the woman, I'm sorry." He later called the caller a "far-left loon. . ."
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