The other day a few* of us noticed (and wrote) that Bill O’Reilly said something really stupid (see post below for my take). O’Reilly seemed surprised that black folks could run a restaurant as well as white folks. None of the bloggers around here (including myself) want O’Reilly to lose his job. I don’t want him to be arrested, and I certainly don’t want his speech curtailed. If he or anyone wants to brandish a Confederate flag on his or t-shirt, they get to wear the questionable garb with impunity.
All we are saying, is give stupid a chance…that is to say, when something is said by a media figure, who has a nightly show on a prominent cable network, says something so stupid, or clearly indicative of a life white-washed, can’t we all agree that this was a stupid thing to say?
Why in God’s name, does this have to turn into a diatribe about how liberals want to curtail the free-speech rights of God-fearing Americans or about the plight of the poor poor white man.**
O’Reilly is defending himself in his usual arrogant way….’they’re after me, they’re after me. Poor poor Bill…
The other day, Sharon Cobb wrote about the schism between voices on the left and on the right..her points were well-taken. This O’Reilly story is a perfect example. Instead of everyone either ignoring the story or pointing out the man’s ignorance, we start flailing each other about who is the better, more-free, American. Sheeeesh.
** read the comments on Kat’s post