This is why Fox News is different from other cable news stations. They don't know when to stop or when to shut up and no two people are better examples of this than Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. It seems that Billo doesn't understand when he should shut up and not remind people of his very prominent role in the hate-stoking fires that drove Scott Roeder to murder Dr. George Tiller in cold blood. It's well-known that Bill O'Reilly launched a jihad on Dr. Tiller and by extension, Kathleen Sibelius, as far back as 2005.
Salon report in May, 2009:
But there’s no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller’s name first appeared on “The Factor” on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Tiller, O’Reilly likes to say, “destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000.” He’s guilty of “Nazi stuff,” said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, he suggested on March 15, 2006. “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said O’Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.
Here's Dave Neiwert's post from June, 2009:
Three years ago, O'Reilly and his ambush-crew specialist, Jesse Watters, went hard after Tiller, accusing him of wantonly murdering babies because he performs late-term abortions:
Bill summarized in a heartfelt Talking Points Memo on Friday, November 10th: "If we as a society allow an undefined mental health exception in late-term abortions, then babies can be killed for almost any reason... This is the kind of stuff that happened in Mao's China and Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union... If we allow this, America will no longer be a noble nation...If we allow Dr. George Tiller and his acolytes to continue, we can no longer pass judgment on any behavior by anybody."
Including, evidently, murderous extremists. And, as you can see in the video above (from 2006), O'Reilly similarly accused anyone who refused to buy into his accusation of coddling killers:
I don’t care what you think. We have incontrovertible evidence that this man is executing babies about to be born because the woman is depressed…if you don’t believe me, I don’t care…You are okay with Dr. Tiller executing babies about to be born because the mother says she’s depressed.
O'Reilly later attacked Kathleen Sebelius for her refusal to prosecute Tiller. And he kept it up. As recently as this spring he again spent a segment excoriating Tiller as a murderer.
Here is a choice Billo quote from 2008:
O'REILLY: He's a health care provider according to Governor Sebelius. Well, Tiller himself donated money to her campaign. She doesn't seem to be real upset about this guy operating a death mill, which is exactly what it is in her state, does she?
A death mill. I see. And then there is the so-called "confrontation" between O'Reilly Factor staff and Dr. Tiller's attorney in November, 2006 in front of Fox News cameras:
The Factor has been investigating a late-term abortion clinic run by Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller, known to his detractors as "Tiller the Baby Killer," stonewalled us when we asked over the last year if he'd performed illegal abortions and covered up child rape at his clinic. But recently the Factor learned that Tiller terminated late-term pregnancies by citing temporary "depression" on the part of the mother, and performed these abortions on girls as young as ten, never informing police these girls were victims of rape or incest.
In June, 2006, he speculated about what might happen "if he could get his hands on Tiller," stopping just short of crossing the line from a fantasy to a threat with a tossed-off "Oh well, we can't be vigilantes" disclaimer. As if people who are mentally ill stop to listen to legal nuance or something.
As recently as September, 2011, O'Reilly still hadn't given it up, targeting Dr. Tiller's associate, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who has now been targeted by Kansas right-wing zealots who would like to have her license revoked and possibly more dire consequences.
And so Monday night while in the midst of a bitch session with his pal Glenn Beck about the so-called "war on religion" being waged by the White House, he said this:
O'REILLY: President Obama considered it [waiver of birth control requirements for religious organizations] but then listened to his health secretary, Sebelius, all right? Formerly the Governor of Kansas and a big supporter of Tiller -- remember, the late-term abortion doctor was assassinated --
BECK: I sure do.
O'REILLY: And Sibelius said "No, no, Mr. President, this is a woman's rights issue. So you have to come down on the side of women's rights and reject the religious issue." And that's how he made his decision!
Wow. Bill O'Reilly was in the room? I don't think so, nor does he have anything about that decision right, but beyond that, why on EARTH bring up "Dr. Tiller the baby killer" in this context and in connection with Kathleen Sibelius? Why, indeed, if not to stir up that faction of the rabid right who thinks it's perfectly all right to assassinate people who support a woman's right to choose, which, by the way, happens to be LEGAL in this country?
This isn't a "woman's rights" issue, nor is it a "war on religion." It's a very simple labor law issue, and it's one that 28 states already address in order to comply with the EEOC ruling in 2000, which was never challenged by or changed under the entire eight years of the Bush administration. It's really quite simple. Benefits may not discriminate against employees for gender. That is all.
Bill O'Reilly is shameless. To bring up Sibelius' name in the same sentence as Dr. George Tiller is nothing more than an attempt to once again stir up the haters in his flock to staunch opposition at best, and violence at worst. He should repent. And ask forgiveness.
Oh, and in case you didn't know? Kathleen Sibelius is Catholic.