Bill O'Reilly claimed that The New York Times and "many far-left thinkers believe the white power structure that controls America is bad, so a drastic change is needed." O'Reilly continued: "According to the lefty zealots, the white Christians who hold power must be swept out by a new multicultural tide, a rainbow coalition, if you will."
On Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor John Stossel trivialized global temperature increases, stating "[t]he globe is warming, but it's one degree." In fact, scientists have determined that the approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit * increase in global temperature during the 20th century has adversely affected several ecosystems and that a continuation of warming trends could be detrimental to humankind.
Bill O'Reilly invoked the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to dismiss Boston College (BC) professor and author Charles Derber's objection to awarding Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice an honorary degree at her upcoming BC commencement address. Derber said that the honorary diploma could be seen as endorsing Rice for being "an architect of U.S. foreign policy and the Iraq war." O'Reilly responded that "BC and the Jesuits and everybody else ought to wise up and wise up fast" because "there are 3,000 people who can't go to your commencement this spring." Asking Derber if he "know[s] why" they can't attend, O'Reilly answered his own question: "[T]hey're dead."
Bill O'Reilly claimed that, under a California bill that would require textbooks to recognize the accomplishments of historical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender [LGBT] figures, "if you are a teacher ... you're not going to be able to say bad things about [convicted murderer] Jeffrey Dahmer," because Dahmer was "a gay cannibal." In fact, the proposal "would add the role and contributions of LGBT people" to the list of "traditionally underrepresented groups," whose historical contributions, under current state law, are required to be included in "textbooks and other school instructional materials."
Responding to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's suggestion that "the American press" might be "helping terrorists," New York Post columnist and retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters claimed that the December 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning report by The New York Times exposing the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic spying program did just that. In fact, contrary to Peters's suggestion that the Times story tipped off terrorists that their communications were being monitored, Al Qaeda has reportedly been taking precautions for years to avoid surveillance of its cell-phone conversations.
Bill O'Reilly questioned the motivations of George Clooney and other activists focused on the genocide in the Sudan, stating that their interest in Darfur "may have something to do with color." O'Reilly then falsely claimed, "Surely the Marsh Arabs in Iraq slaughtered by Saddam [Hussein] did not get George Clooney's attention."
On The O'Reilly Factor, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham claimed the "supposed mainstream media" are "making the same bet that [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA] is making" by supporting a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Ingraham maintained that just as Kennedy supports granting a path to citizenship because it will "redound to the Democrats' benefit," presumably through votes, the media -- which she claimed "tilts to the left" -- support citizenship because it will bring "new viewers, new listeners, new customers to the more liberal viewpoint" to which the media purportedly cater.
Washington Times columnist Douglas MacKinnon repeated his claim that the December 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning report by The New York Times on the National Security Agency warrantless domestic spying program "hurt the United States dramatically." In making the statement, MacKinnon assumed two things: 1) that the program had been effective before the Times article appeared, and 2) that suspected terrorists altered their conduct after the article. MacKinnon added: "I'm not convinced that if they [the Times reporters] didn't have the information for D-Day on June 6, 1944, they wouldn't have revealed that as well."
Bill O'Reilly launched a "campaign to hold the smear merchants accountable," because "some media people" allegedly "have been using personal attacks and smears to try to marginalize people with whom they disagree."
While discussing states' sentencing laws for people convicted of sex crimes against children, Bill O'Reilly declared: "Soon, there will only be a few states where" sex offenders "can go and molest children and get sympathy, states like Massachusetts and Vermont."
Just hours after the executive director of the Arizona Police Association appeared on The Radio Factor to voice opposition to an Arizona immigration bill that would make it a crime to be an illegal immigrant, Bill O'Reilly asserted on his television show that "the cops know" the bill would provide "a good tool for law enforcement to have."
On The O'Reilly Factor, Newsweek managing editor Jon Meacham echoed Bill O'Reilly's previous assertion that secular forces have declared "war" on the Christian observances of Christmas and Easter. But on CNBC's Tim Russert, Meacham apparently backtracked, stating that he found it "hard to understand" the complaints of those who say that "[t]here's a war on Christianity in this country."
Bill O'Reilly stated that the woman who alleged she was raped at a party attended by members of the Duke University lacrosse team "put herself in jeopardy."
Despite his repeated attempts in recent weeks to suggest that "secular progressives" have waged a "war on Easter" resembling the purported "war on Christmas," Bill O'Reilly admitted that "there is no attack on Easter." Further, O'Reilly congratulated himself for the lack of Easter attacks, stating, "[A]fter the thumping that the department stores and all-over crazies took over Christmas, these people say, 'You know, I don't think we want to come up against O'Reilly and these other people on Easter. Let's just let it go.' "
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."