I don't think there are three more deserved awards. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the embodiment of all that is wrong with political discourse nowadays...the unapologetic rationalization and justification for treason, rank (and ignorant) partisanship and the victimization of private citizens and children for cheap political shots.
To this day, when it clearly has all come down, Bill O'Reilly has never apologized for those comments, nor the sickness inside him they represent, nor the pain they caused. Because he is not only not enough of a man to do so, but not enough of a human being.
None of them are, Keith. None of them are.
I broke this story about O'Reilly when it happened because it was so repulsive. BillO likes to say he's protecting the children, but when he had his chance he immediately attacked Shawn Hornbeck in as cruel and vicious a way as a person can. He blamed Shawn for not running away from Devlin. We got him kicked out of speaking to the Missing Kids dinner a while back because they were unaware that O'Reilly blamed Shawn for his own horrible situation. Now Devlin has just cut a deal and we get this heartbreaking account:
But then Devlin began telling the judge in graphic detail what he had done to their boy, his high-pitched and raspy voice devoid of any emotion. Devlin didn’t seem to notice when Pam Akers collapsed weeping into her husband’s arms.
After the boy, then 11, was abducted at gunpoint while riding his bike in rural Washington County, Devlin took him to his apartment in suburban St. Louis and repeatedly sexually assaulted him. Days later, Devlin took Shawn back to Washington County in his pickup truck, apparently intent on killing the boy.
He said he pulled Shawn from his truck and began to strangle him. Shawn resisted. “I attempted to kill (Shawn) and he talked me out of it,” Devlin said Tuesday.
Devlin stopped the choking, but then sexually assaulted the boy again. Prosecutors say it was at that point that Shawn told Devlin he would do whatever was asked of him to stay alive.
It was a “devil’s bargain” that kept Shawn under Devlin’s sway, even as the boy had phone and Internet access, said Shawn’s stepfather, Craig Akers. “We know now the details that made him not run away,” Akers said after the hearings.