Regardless of how one feels about George Tiller’s profession, his murderer is nothing more than a domestic terrorist — someone attempting to impose by force a policy that one cannot get in place through democratic means. Tiller’s killer is no better than William Ayers, Kathleen Soliah, and Eric Rudolph, people who attempted to use violence for their extremist ends. Those who value life know that murder is the antithesis of the pro-life movement.
Secondly, I believe Bill O’Reilly to be a pompous Idiot who skews information to make him look good. His “mistake” of calling mistaking a comment for a post last week along with his tepid apology is the perfect example of how he puts hubris in front of honor.
With all of that said Gabriel Winant’s article in Salon that said Bill O’ Reilly was responsible for Tillman’s death is just plain idiotic.
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….But there’s no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Tiller, O’Reilly likes to say, “destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000.” He’s guilty of “Nazi stuff,” said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, he suggested on March 15, 2006. “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.
With all that said, Winant’s piece ends by saying that O’ Reilly didn’t tell anyone to do anything violent:
O’Reilly didn’t tell anyone to do anything violent, but he did put Tiller in the public eye, and help make him the focus of a movement with a history of violence against exactly these kinds of targets (including Tiller himself, who had already been shot). In those circumstances, flinging around words like “blood on their hands,” “pardon,” “country club” and “judgment day” was sensationally irresponsible.
Sorry it doesn’t fly, I have heard Bill O’ Reilly talk about Tillman and never felt like killing anyone, heck we don’t even know if the murderer even watched O’ Reilly. Scott Roeder, the man who killed Dr.Tillman is a sick man and a murderer, that comes from his heart, not from his ears.