That's the opinion of some, and I agree. The right wing politics of hate has consequences, and people like Bill O'Reilly know the consequences of their words and they choose those words for specific reasons -- to incite hatred among Americans against their fellow Americans.
The New York Times is reporting:
Dr. George R. Tiller had many critics, but arguably the one with the highest profile was Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News Channel host. Mr. O'Reilly, a vocal opponent of abortion, often called him "Tiller the baby killer" for performing late-term abortions and said repeatedly that he had "blood on his hands."
Within hours of the shooting that left Dr. Tiller dead on Sunday, Mr. O'Reilly found himself under attack from liberal journalists and bloggers who accused him of inciting violence. By early Monday, some Web sites were asking, as a newsletter from the Air America radio network did, "Is Bill O'Reilly to Blame for Murder Of Kansas Doctor?"
Mr. O'Reilly responded to the critics on his program on Monday night, saying that "clear-thinking Americans should condemn" the killing. He defended his remarks about Dr. Tiller, declaring that "every single thing we said about Tiller was true, and my analysis was based on those facts."
Finger-pointing is nothing new, but the nature of the accusations thrown at Mr. O'Reilly show the swiftness and vociferousness with which the blame game is now played.
Within nine hours of Dr. Tiller's death, Salon magazine had catalogued references to him on 29 episodes of "The O'Reilly Factor" from 2005 to 2009. In one, Mr. O'Reilly talks about him and the lawmakers who supported his "business of destruction," saying, "I wouldn't want to be these people if there is a Judgment Day."
Bloggers quickly found new examples of Mr. O'Reilly's condemnation of Dr. Tiller. A commenter on Daily Kos noted that Mr. O'Reilly once sent a producer to ambush the doctor at his home in Kansas. After the producer told him that some people called him a "baby killer," the doctor tried to leave his house and called 911. The camera crew ended the confrontation.
On Monday, Media Matters for America, a left-wing group that catalogs what it calls "conservative hate speech," published a 2006 clip from Mr. O'Reilly's radio show in which he said, "If I could get my hands on Tiller," followed quickly by: "Well, you know. Can't be vigilantes. Can't do that. It's just a figure of speech."
Ultimately, someone else got their hands on Dr. Tiller.
The politics of hate and the culture war waged by the right wing hate mobs are unique to Fox News. Yesterday, Wizbang author Shawn Mallow cited the extreme position of some on the right when he wrote:
"Some on the right will look at this as poetic justice. The murder of Tiller was a just irony. A fitting end for a man who has murdered thousands of helpless children."
His article inspired some interesting comments from anti-abortion extremists on the right who 'live close to home,' on our neighboring conservative blog Wizbang -- further illustrating that the politics of hate are fostered and encouraged in the right wing blogosphere.
Commenter Clancy seemed to justify Tiller's murder when he wrote:
All-in-all - I will be supremely disappointed if the killer's lawyer doesn't try to defend him by arguing that this was merely another late term abortion. (3rd trimester, 271st trimester - what's the difference?)
Dr. Tiller performed abortions under the law, and murder is unlawful, but Clancy can't see the difference?
Commenter 914 wrote:
This is all so tragic.. What a horrible way to go.. Being shot has got to be way worse than having Your brains sucked into a waste bin.
and later wrote:
By the way, what good does any moral authority do? The murders have gone on unabated for years with no slow down. even an uptick in the packaging and wholesale slaughter of innocence.
if it takes the eradication of an enabler to further clarify the genocidal infanticide? then I for one whole heartedly dispatch any moral authority. which I never claimed or wished to have anyway.
Commenter Justrand wrote:
Tiller ran his Murder, Inc. without ethical guidelines of any kind. He should NOT have been murdered. He should NOT have murdered!
Someone who kills to defend others lives is not a muderer Sabba.
Zelsdorf Raghsaft III wrote:
I wonder what the chance are Dr. Tiller would have been sought out and killed had he not been the slayer of the unborn? Had Tiller not been who he was, he would still be alive.
O'Reilly and others have inspired a small but vocal minority of Americans to characterize Tiller with terms like "slayer of the unborn," and "murderer" and characterized Dr. Tiller's work as "genocidal infanticide."
Tiller operated within the law, but the right wing hate mobs favor their Christian tenets and beliefs, as proselytized by Bill O'Reilly and others among the conservative media, and choose those beliefs as a higher authority, using those same Christian beliefs to justify the murder of a law-abiding American citizen.
How is that different from an Islamic extremist who justifies their own unlawful, murderous, terrorist ways as being the work of their own 'higher authority?'
In my view... it isn't any different at all.
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