Bill O'Reilly Blames Joy Behar's "Yapping" For View Shitstorm

Television shoutfests over ideology may be entertaining to watch, but they're even more entertaining for the shouters. Just look at Bill O'Reilly admitting how much fun it was to harangue and condescend to the ladies of The View.

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On his show last night, O'Reilly admitted to Democratic interlocutor Alicia Menendez that he had been condescending, but it wasn't his fault because Joy Behar was "yapping." He also said proudly, "I am often offensive."

Unfortunately, on her own show, Behar wasn't particularly articulate about why it's fucked up to say that "Muslims killed us on 9/11." This included asking Jesse Ventura (who cheerfully refers to himself as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist?) whether what O'Reilly said is "free speech or hate speech." Joy, the government is not regulating it, and it can be both. And it's offensive despite the fact that the 9/11 masterminds were Muslim, because the people interested in conflating terrorism and Muslims have a broader agenda to paint them all with the same brush.

In another part of the show, O'Reilly had no problem admitting that he had enjoyed the entire affair. Ratings bonanza for all!

Earlier: Hell Seriously Breaks Loose With Bill O'Reilly On The View.

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I really dislike this defense that the 9/11 terrorist *were* Muslims. That doesn't make the statement "Muslims killed us on 9/11" right.

Someone on the other thread made the analogy to saying "Catholics rape children." No, Catholics don't rape children. Some people who are Catholic raped some children, but it's not a thing "Catholics" as a whole do.

When you make a generalized statement, there's this implication that the majority of a group engages in the act. I'd have no problem with a statement like, "Catholics celebrate Christmas" or "Muslims pray 5 times a day." But, no, "Muslims" did not kill us on 9/11. A handful of people who identify as Muslim did.

It's amazing, even to me, how the Catholic statement rings false in a way the statement about Islam doesn't - I think I've just gotten so used to hearing it incorrectly stated.