Saturday, February 24, 2007

Claiming his child-abduction comments were taken "out of context," O'Reilly lashes out at "far-left loons"

Oprah gives child predator defender Bill O' Reilly a free pass in having to answer for his outrageous comments about Shawn Hornbeck not being a victim

Media Matters
February 23, 2007

On the February 22 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly discussed his February 20 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and, in an apparent reference to Media Matters for America and others who highlighted his comments about an abducted child, said that "the far-left loons who took my analysis out of context are despicable." He also claimed that his reporting on the case "has been dead-on accurate" and asserted: "These vile individuals who have attacked us are doing so for political reasons, and I condemn them in the strongest terms."

O'Reilly appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss child molestation. During his appearance, Winfrey noted that O'Reilly had speculated why Shawn Hornbeck -- a boy who was abducted and held for four years before he was found by police in Missouri -- did not flee, but ignored O'Reilly's claim that "there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances" and that "[t]he situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents." Media Matters originally noted O'Reilly's comments about Hornbeck in a January 17 item that included a lengthy transcript and video clip from O'Reilly's show. Here's the clip:

Additionally, Winfrey made no mention of the decision by the Collier County, Florida, branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to replace O'Reilly as keynote speaker of a fundraising event, as Media Matters also noted.

From the February 22 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

O'REILLY: Hi. I'm Bill O'Reilly, reporting tonight from Los Angeles. Thank you for watching us. There have been a couple of rulings in this never-ending Anna Nicole Smith situation. We'll have that for you in a few moments.
But first, Oprah and the kids, part two. That's the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo." Big reaction to my appearance on the Oprah program yesterday. Most of the letters were very kind. Most of the folks get the fact that all decent people have to rally against child predators and those who protect them.
I also made an appeal on the Oprah program for fathers to constantly tell their children they'll protect them; that they are their champions.

"Bill, loved you on Oprah, but you got hammered on some chat boards. They say you owe Shawn Hornbeck an apology for insinuating he wanted to stay with his abductor. What say you?"

Well, Heather, I say the far-left loons who took my analysis out of context are despicable. These people haven't done a single thing to protect kids from danger in this country. Our reporting on the Hornbeck case has been dead-on accurate.
We have introduced Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome to a world that badly needs to understand that concept. These vile individuals who have attacked us are doing so for political reasons, and I condemn them in the strongest terms.
We were also attacked by Vermont State Senator Dick Sears in the ultra-left Bennington Banner. Mr. Sears contends that Vermont's law -- a mandatory five-year sentence for violent child predators -- is tough. OK, I'm ready to listen to Mr. Sears' point of view. We've invited him to appear tomorrow, and we'll let you know what happens.

Editor's note:
by Larry Simons

Geesh! Where do I begin? Let me first address O'Liar's "Our reporting on the Hornbeck case has been dead-on accurate" comment. "Reporting"? "Accurate"? First of all O' Liar, the disgusting comments at hand here have NOTHING to do with "reporting". Reporting is when you investigate a story, and simply relay that investigation (assuming it's fact-based) to your viewers. Not the case here O' Liar and you KNOW it! The following comments made by YOU......."there was an element here that this kid liked about his circumstances"......"the situation here for this kid looks to me to be a lot more fun than what he had under his old parents"....."I'm not buying the the Stockholm Syndrome in this case" NOT "reporting"--------they are OPINIONS----NOT reporting, NOT based in fact and NOT accurate. You didn't REPORT Billo, you DECIDED. That is NOT "dead-on accurate", it's dead-on spin, bullshit and LIES.

Now let me address your bullshit comment "These vile individuals who have attacked us are doing so for political reasons". "Political reasons Billo?" But yet you couldn't name ONE of those reasons huh, O' Liar? Because you can't. Because you're full of shit. So, let me get this straight Billo........WE do EXACTLY that-----REPORT what YOU said and we are now "vile individuals" and "left-wing loons"? WE are the ones who REPORTED loofah-boy-----YOU spewed OPINIONS and lies and cared NOTHING for this child who was taken away from his parents for FOUR years!

Now to the "out of context" comment. What EXACTLY did we take "out of context", oh Sultan of Spin? What? And if we DID take you out of context, why did you FAIL to mention exactly what you meant by what you said during your talking points segment? What did we take out of context Billo? The truth is, you didn't want to repeat your own words about Hornbeck in order to provide your audience with the "correct" context that we are all "guilty" of twisting, because your own words in and of themselves are self-incriminating and any self-defensive statements would have made you look like the catastrophic fool you are! You were very careful not to repeat yourself, so that only left you with one calling your attackers.....who were just REPEATING and REPORTING what you said.

And Oprah...what a disgrace you are as well.....accomodating Billo, a known sexual predator himself, on your show who SUPPORTED a child predator on HIS show a month ago. You make bazillions of dollars and you can't do better research than ME and the rest of the country who simply just type out stories on a blog board? Weren't you sexually abused yourself Oprah? And yet you let a man who defended a sexual predator on national television, who sexually pursued one of his own staffers and bought his way out of prison time by settling out of court come on your show? Nothing screams "I did it" more than using your wealth to buy your way out of getting butt-fucked in the shower at the big house.

This is the SAME asshole that trashed you for months on his own show for inviting 6 or 7 more liberals on your show than conservatives, and now he runs to YOU in his time of need. He knows he is in hot water over the Shawn Hornbeck statements he made and recently was ass-booted from being keynote speaker at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, so he's in panic mode and has to do something to divert attention away from his comments. He's saying "Yoo-hoo, yoo-hoo...over here---see what I'm doing now?? I'm on OPRAH now America---see???? I'm a good guy. My heart is really for the kids, see????? See????? I'm on OPRAHHHHHHHHHH". And instead of having any backbone Oprah, you accomodate this prick and give him a platform to make himself look like......Da da da!!!! O' REILLY: PROTECTOR OF KIDS! (Imagine O' Reilly in a 'Walker: Texas Ranger' stance) You may have fooled your FOX News sheep, Billo, but those of us who still think for ourselves know what's really going on here. I'm sure there was some backstage agreement that you and Oprah made where you wouldn't do the show unless Oprah sold out and zipped her lip.

Yeah, yeah Billo, we're all far-left loons. We simply repeat your own words and take their meaning at face value, and we're loons. Yep, all of us are. The nearly 1,200 people on Oprah's message boards who are outraged, Shawn Hornbeck's own parents and even Mark Klaas (father of victim Polly Klaas), who appeared on Keith Olbermann tonight to support the "far left loons" and of course the NCMEC for cancelling Billo's speech-----yep, you're right Billo, it's really OUR fault. It's our fault for NOT blaming the victim. It's our fault for NOT disrepecting the Hornbeck family by saying it wasn't the abductor who is to blame, but the child for not escaping. You're right Billo. It's EVERYONE'S fault, but yours...right, Billo?

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