Scorpio’s World

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“O’Reilly The Charlatan”

Posted by scorpiomkm on September 26, 2007

The Felicty Daily Herald

Group points out O’Reilly race comments

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Tue Sep 25

NEW YORK – After eating dinner at a famed Harlem restaurant recently, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly told a radio audience he “couldn’t get over the fact” that there was no difference between the black-run Sylvia’s and other restaurants.

“It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun,” he said. “And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

O’Reilly said his fellow patrons were tremendously respectful as he ate dinner with civil rights activist Al Sharpton.

The comments were made during O’Reillys nationally syndicated radio broadcast last week. The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America called attention to them by distributing a transcript and audio clip on the Internet.

“This is nothing more than left-wing outlets stirring up false racism accusations for ratings, said Bill Shine, senior vice president for programming at Fox News Channel. “It’s sad.”

O’Reilly spoke during a general discussion about racial relations with Fox News analyst Juan Williams. O’Reilly said he believed black Americans were “starting to think more and more for themselves” and backing away from a race-based culture encouraged by Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He said he treated Sharpton to dinner to thank him for appearing on his Fox News Channel show.

O’Reilly pointed to the sameness of Sylvia’s and other restaurants as a marker of racial progress. “And that’s really what this society‘s all about now here in the USA. There’s no difference. There’s no difference.”

O’Reilly also noted that he went to an Anita Baker concert recently where the audience was evenly mixed between blacks and whites.

“The band was excellent, but they were dressed in tuxedoes, and this is what white America doesn’t know, particularly people who don’t have a lot of interaction with black Americans,” he said. “They think the culture is dominated by Twista, Ludacris and Snoop Dogg.”

Williams concurred that too many people believe there’s little else in black culture beyond profane rap.

“That’s right,” O’Reilly said. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, `M.F.er, I want more iced tea.'”

Sharpton said he was taken aback that anyone would be surprised at how blacks acted at Sylvia’s and will ask O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday to explain what he meant. Nothing O’Reilly said at the dinner was offensive, said Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger.

Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Media Matters, called O’Reilly‘s comments “ignorant and racially charged.”

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What I find AMAZING about this Story is ….. oh, not that an AIR HEAD like O’Reilly is actually SHOCKED that Black People have ‘nice Eating Establishments’, just like whites; or that one can go to a black Concert and see both Entertainer(s) and Audience alike nicely dressed; or that Blacks behave themselves much as Whites do in various venues. All that type of ‘stuff’ does not surprise me in the least. After all, MOST a-holes, like a Bill O’Reilly, pontificate and profess so much alleged KNOWLEDGE about Black Folk, yet IN REALITY they KNOW little if anything about African Americans or the Black Experience in America.

So again, the fact Bill O’Reilly clearly shows his IGNORANCE is neither shocking nor anything new to me in the least.

What AMAZES me about this Story, however,  is simply this:

 If  a man, like a Bill O’Reilly, CLEARLY shows his GROSS IGNORANCE and lack of having any meaningful relationship to ‘Black Life’ ~ and believe me he can afford to eat wherever he wants, attend any Public Concert he wants, and works in a racially diverse city ~  then how in the hell can the Bill O’Reillys of the World speak with such certainty that THEY KNOW what is going on in the life and Minds of Iraqis, Chinese, Koreans or Iranians?

And don’t give me any of that “Some of my best friends ….” business!!

If kats like OReilly are so tone deaf, self isolated, and IGNORANT about People they rub shoulders with DAILY  and are People that are Fellow Americans to boot ~ then again, how in the hell can they claim to KNOW and Tell me with CERTAINTY what is in the Arab or Persian MIND!!

Much like all these kats (like a Peter Bergman) that CLAIM they KNOW the Mind of a bin Laden or al Qaeda, and promote themselves as so-called “Terror Experts” in the Mass Media, hum?

I’m tellinya, you kats are being TOOK each and every day by these charlatans!!”

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