I expected a big outcry over Bill O’Reilly’s allegedly racist remarks on the September 19th edition of The Radio Factor. Amazed at the relative silence, I found the following comment from “DaTruth” in response to CNN radio personality Roland Martin’s commentary on O’Reilly’s hang-up with Sharpton and Jackson.
This is SO far out of context that it’s ridiculous. O’Reilly has made the entire hour of this show free on his website. I checked it out to see what the fuss was about. I think this guy’s wrong on tons of issues, but this time Media Matters blew it.
If you actually listen to it, you’ll see that the point he was making –if clumsily in the so-called offensive part– was that despite the fact that black culture is mostly defined in the media nowadays by gangster rappers, that in reality day to day black culture is not really different than day to day white culture in terms of their interests, their sense of norms, etc.
So, go ahead and criticize the guy for his politics. I’ll be more than happy to join you on many fronts.
But if you take this out of context Media Matters blurb and try to make it about “O’Reilly’s a racist”, you’re just plain wrong.
I’m interested in the facts; the truth. In this case, Media Matters went way overboard in trying to play this into something that it’s obviously not.
If you’re not going to actually listen to it, you can’t really make the judgment.
Go to www.billoreilly.com. You’ll see a headline about “CNN Moves to the Dark Side”. If you click on that, you’ll get a link to the actual audio of the hour in question.
I don’t listen to Bill O’Reilly or any of the the other self-righteous radio personalities, whatever their political leaning, so I didn’t hear the original show. But, I have to admit the hour 2 audio does not paint the racist picture Media Matters would have us see.
Still, while O’Reilly might get a by as the unoriginal gangster, his comments are, at best, ill-considered. While he may be attempting to be positive, he still sounds condescending and strained in his efforts to embrace racial equality or claim assimilated cultures. Remember those commercials from the 70s? Kinda sounds like one of them. You know, “some of my best friends are Black.”