Fox's Bill-O used his Talking Points Memo this Wednesday to attack those protesting police violence across the country and to pretend that they don't have anything to complain about. He also did his best to downplay whether there is a growing sentiment across the country that police departments are out of control by downplaying the significance of the people out there taking to the streets, because "only 400 people came out to protest in New York."
This is the same network that wanted Americans to believe that it was some kind of game changer when a handful of TeaBirchers showed up wherever, sponsored by Dick Armey, the Kochs and their fellow Astroturfers, to protest the Kenyan usurper's corporate friendly Republican health care plan. Protests serving the interests of their corporate sponsors and the Republican party they like just fine. Those serving the interests of everyday Americans who are fed up with the way the police are conducting themselves and the lack of accountability, not so much.
O'Reilly also used the opportunity to go after columnist Leonard Pitts for his op-ed asking just how many more of these police killings we have to see before we stop calling them "isolated incidents." Pitts dared to mention Bill-O and Fox by name in the article, so naturally O'Reilly would like to have Pitts on for a nice "fair and balanced" conversation where O'Reilly controls the mic and I'm sure would be quite ready to yell over Pitts were he foolish enough to agree to come on with him. Let's hope he doesn't give into the badgering as we saw here.
Transcript via O'Reilly's site:
Yesterday a group called the Stop Mass Incarceration Network suggested that all Americans protest "the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality."
In New York City maybe 400 protesters turned out to block traffic and yell stuff.
Forty-two were arrested; two police officers hurt.
In Los Angeles about 100 protesters turned out; there were 14 arrests in the City of Angels.
In Oakland, a far-left city, only about 100 folks showed up; no arrests were made.
So you can see the anti-police call was not exactly heeded.
The reason is the vast majority of Americans understand that most of the nation's 1.2 million law enforcement agents are good people who risk their lives to protect the innocent.
But with high-tech now capturing dubious incidents, it is easy for cop-haters to demonize the entire law enforcement community.
In North Charleston, South Carolina a police officer was caught on tape killing an unarmed black man who was running away from him after a traffic stop. The officer, Michael Slager, is charged with murder.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma a 73-year-old reserve deputy shot and killed a black man who was allegedly trying to sell a firearm. The deputy, Robert Bates, has been charged with manslaughter.
And in San Bernardino, California 30-year-old Francis Pusok was beaten by as many as ten cops after running away from them.
Pusok, who is white, has been charged with a variety of low-level crimes. The deputies have been put on leave.
Again, with cameras everywhere any police misconduct now becomes a national story. So police training must improve to insure that deadly force is used only in extreme situations.
Yes, police face difficult situations every day. But along with arrest authority comes deep responsibility. The perps are expected to be irresponsible. The cops are expected to be noble, and most of them are.
But to people like Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, that statement is false.
Pitts has made a career out of exploiting grievance whether it's legitimate or not.
He recently wrote: "Bill O'Reilly of Fox 'News' has already invoked misleading statistics to assure his audience that 'there doesn't seem to be, as some people would have you believe, that police are trying to hunt down young black men and take their lives.' In other words, move on, nothing to see here."
The statistics Pitts is referring to come from the Centers for Disease Control and say that three times as many white folks are shot by police as black folks.
Now we asked Mr. Pitts to come on the program, but he is hiding under his desk because he knows he is misleading his readers.
American police are not hunting down black men in order to kill them. That is not happening, Leonard, and shame on you for implying it is.
The overall anti-police movement is basically thematic. It believes that the U.S. justice system is unfairly putting black men in prison for crimes like selling narcotics.
Many on the left see nothing wrong with selling heroin, cocaine and meth. They call that a non-violent crime that should not be punished harshly.
Meantime, entire neighborhoods like the South Side of Chicago are terrorized by drug gangs and millions of Americans have been enslaved or even died from using addictive poisons.
But the crime is non-violent.
Talking Points believes that insane views of the world can poison actual societies. And that is what these anti-police people are doing.
Yes there is police abuse and it must be punished -- there's no excuse for it.
But no, America is not a place where minority people are targets of organized injustice.
Thank God most of us seem to know that.
And that's the memo.