Bill O'Reilly proclaimed St. Patrick's Day a "secular celebration" just one month after he declared that allowing the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization to march in St. Patrick's Day parade would be comparable to "walk[ing] into a church ... with 'I'm Queer' on your shirt."
On his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly claimed that on the April 11 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, guest Charles Barron, a New York City councilman, had revealed the "hidden agenda" behind the current immigration debate. O'Reilly told his listeners: "[T]he bottom line is Charles Barron said last night is there is a movement in this country to wipe out 'white privilege' and to have the browning of America." But in the April 11 interview, Barron at no point claimed that he and other advocates for immigrant rights are motivated by a desire to force white Americans into the minority -- despite O'Reilly's repeated efforts to provoke such an acknowledgment.
In a series of broadcasts, Bill O'Reilly condemned the media "hysteria" over Seymour Hersh's article in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker -- on one show calling it a "phony and political" attempt to "denigrate the Bush administration." But O'Reilly largely ignored a primary reason Hersh's story has received such attention: the disclosure that the administration is considering "the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon" against Iran.
Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that "[m]ost Republicans didn't want" the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In fact, in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans voted overwhelmingly in favor of the agreement.
Bill O'Reilly criticized Ohio newspapers' opposition to mandatory sentencing laws for those found guilty of raping a child under 13, stating "the media [in Ohio] looks like they are left-wing loons." In particular, O'Reilly singled out the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its criticism of such laws, saying that while he doesn't understand the opposition by other cities' papers, he does understand the Plain Dealer's opposition: Cleveland's "heavily minority, urban situation."
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Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that the Senate immigration bill "does not address border security in any meaningful way" because it would "add 2,500 border patrol [agents] a year and that's it." In fact, in addition to doubling the number of border patrol agents over the next five years, the bill would also increase interior enforcement and electronic surveillance and provide for construction of additional barriers and fences along the border.
Bill O'Reilly claimed that if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) were to become president, "the first thing [Osama] bin Laden and his killers are gonna do is say, 'Oh yeah, this is good,' " because they would consider Clinton "weak" enough that they could "test her." O'Reilly contrasted Clinton -- who he claimed would be "in a very difficult position" that may cause her to "overreact to prove herself" -- with former Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), whom O'Reilly described as "tough guys" and "street fighters."
Following recent demonstrations in which protesters marched against proposed legislation that would criminalize undocumented workers, some in the media have criticized the demonstrators for carrying Mexican flags. But these same media figures have not complained about people waving other nations' flags, such as Irish flags at St. Patrick's Day events, Italian flags at Columbus Day events, or Israeli flags at Israel Day events.
Commemorating the third anniversary of his MSNBC show, Keith Olbermann devoted a segment to his long-standing rivalry with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly; Olbermann aired a compilation of clips mocking O'Reilly. He also declared radio host Neal Boortz that evening's "Worst Person in the World" for saying that Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) "looks like a ghetto slut."
Bill O'Reilly distorted editorials on immigration from five major newspapers and accused the "left-wing print media" of not having "any solution at all" to the problem of illegal immigration.
Citing comments recently documented by Media Matters for America, Keith Olbermann named Bill O'Reilly the runner-up and winner of March 30's "Worst person in the World" award.
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On March 29, Bill O'Reilly appeared to declare that the so-called "culture war" he has waged is over, saying, "I don't feel persecuted as a Christian" because "I can still do what I want to do."
Bill O'Reilly accused Cardinal Roger Mahony and other opponents of a recently passed House immigration bill of "demagoguing the issue -- not telling the folks the truth." O'Reilly purported to "make [i]t clear to everybody" that the proposed legislation would not affect people like Mahony, but rather "the priests who would establish an underground railroad from Tijuana to L.A." In fact, the House bill specifically threatens up to five years of imprisonment to anyone who "assists, encourages, directs, or induces a person to reside in or remain in the United States."
Bill O'Reilly falsely suggested that only the "nutty left" wants Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself from the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case. In fact, a group of retired military officials and even conservative Fox News analyst Andrew P. Napolitano have joined the Center for Constitutional Rights and Rep. John D. Conyers (D-MI) in calling for Scalia's recusal from the case.
On his radio program, Bill O'Reilly declared that "the American press" is the "most damaging institution in the country today, because it's so blatantly partisan and dishonest intellectually." Later that day on The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly referred to the media as "the forces of darkness" for "working against Jessica's Law [which would institute harsher penalties for child molesters] for ideological, crazy, nutty, far-left, insane reasons."