O’Reilly Defends Fox Against Charges of Racism
The nation has been paralyzed by racial controversy since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson last summer, but the dam really broke after Charleston. It has inspired pundits and critics from all corners of the country to launch accusations of racism against every institution they can find on the map. The Confederate flag, the American flag, gun laws, the government, and of course Fox News. And it was in this last venue that Bill O’Reilly decided Wednesday night that he’d heard enough.
“Fox News is attacked when we report the truth? Well, you want a war? You got a war! I’m not going to sit here any longer and take this garbage!” he said in a lengthy and impassioned takedown of the left’s narrative.
According to O’Reilly, tragedies like the one that took place in Charleston brought “race baiters” out of the woodwork, only interested in using the situation for their own nefarious purposes. “There is not an epidemic of racism in the United States of America,” he declared, calling it “an outrageous Tower of Babel.”
He said that the media was derelict in its duty to portray the far-left as it was, because they fear being labeled bigots. “The only TV network that does not accept the blatant dishonesty that America is a white supremacist nation is Fox News. And some of us on this channel get viciously attacked for standing up for the truth.”
Most importantly, O’Reilly took the time to identify the real problems with race in America. He said it was fiction to believe that there was any organized attempt to keep black people down in this country. There was no systemic racism. “The real racism,” he said, “is looking away from what is really harming black Americans. The root cause of poverty. That is the dissolution of the African American traditional family, chaos on the streets of poor neighborhoods and an educational system that does not demand the same standards of achievements that are demanded in the white neighborhoods.”
A Breath of Fresh Air
Liberals hate Fox News with every fiber in their being, and O’Reilly’s rant paints a clear picture of why that is. The channel has been around for 20 years now, but the left still isn’t used to being challenged at such a high profile level. In an age where dozens of TV channels and thousands of reporters are willing to carry the liberal water, Fox News remains steadfastly committed to the truth.
O’Reilly and Fox and other conservative media outlets play to those Americans who simply can’t swallow what liberals are pushing. This is an audience made up of people who believe in self-determination and self-respect. People who have little patience for those who cry, “I’m a victim,” at every possible opportunity. People who realize this life is what you make out of it.
That we’re having a national conversation about race is not a bad thing. The bad thing is that there appears to be only one acceptable viewpoint: whites are bad, blacks are oppressed, America is evil. Stray from that story and you’re a racist. If we settle for that conversation, we’ll never get anywhere. If we aspire to include all views – if we refuse to let the cloud of political correctness obscure the truth – we can take this country to dizzying new heights.