Bill O’Reilly either thinks his viewers are too stupid to notice the fast one he pulled on them when he insisted he never tells anyone how to vote or else he thinks they hate Democrats so much that smearing Hillary Clinton in the same editorial would look non-partisan to them.
On Friday, O’Reilly began his Talking Points commentary by feigning neutrality in the 2016 presidential race. By the way, if you watch the screen in the video, you can see that O’Reilly spontaneously added “yet” to the “Hillary Clinton has not been charged with anything” in his prepared remarks. (Transcript below via FoxNews.com):
O’REILLY: To be fair, Donald Trump has nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan and Hillary Clinton has not been charged with anything - yet. Now, there is a tradition of nasty presidential campaigns in America going all the way with John Adams versus Thomas Jefferson. But in this hyper computer age where internet smears dominate the discourse, critical mass has now been reached. There’s no question both candidates despise each other. And that many Americans are angry about the state of their country. All of that negative emotion can be very destructive.
Talking Points has tried to cover the campaigns in a fair way and I believe we have succeeded. We do not cheap shot the candidates but we do not shy away from telling you the truth about them.
O’Reilly spent most of the rest of the commentary “telling the truth” about Clinton and ignoring the whoppers from Trump.
First, O’Reilly accused Clinton of embracing “far-left policies” that will damage the country:
O’REILLY: For those of you who watch this program, you know what we believe and that is that many far left policies are damaging the country. And that the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is embracing some of those policies.
Next, O’Reilly suggested that Trump, though risky, is a better bet:
She’s not candid in her assessment of herself. And, she has veered sharply to the left. If Americans allow her to nominate a Supreme Court justice, things could get very intense for this country. On the other side, Donald Trump, who has been accessible to us, is not experienced in dealing with complicated geopolitical matters. If elected, he would have to rely heavily on advisors and we do not know whether Mr. Trump would listen to them or not. So, at this point, whoever is elected president will enter the office as the most unpopular victor in history.
Then O’Reilly all but called Clinton a baby killer:
Last week the Catholic diocese of Rockwell Center where I live on Long Island issued a very heartfelt letter on abortion. While the bishop did not take a political side, he clearly states that anyone, anyone who would support taking the life of a late term baby for anything other than the life of the mother is participating in a grave injustice.
The bishop and every other cleric in this country have a perfect right to state that position without being attacked or scorned. Hillary Clinton’s position is that any late term abortion should be acceptable if the mother’s health is in some kind of jeopardy. But as we all know health could mean anything which is why there are laws against late term abortion. And Mrs. Clinton’s position is extreme but has gone relatively unnoticed.
Having said all that, O’Reilly closed by insisting he was not telling anyone how to vote:
O’REILLY: Finally, we never endorse candidates here. We never tell you for whom to vote. We also understand that this campaign has been awful for the spirit of the nation. There’s no question about it.
Watch O’Reilly "not endorse" Trump above, from the November 4, 2016 The O’Reilly Factor.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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