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Tiller and O’Reilly

An anti-abortion lunatic has decided to take matters into his own hands:

Authorities said they had a suspect in custody Sunday afternoon in the shooting death of George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions.

Dr. Tiller, who had long been a lightning rod for controversy over the issue of abortion and had survived a shooting more than a decade ago, was shot inside his church here on Sunday morning, the authorities said. Dr. Tiller, 67, was shot with a handgun inside the lobby of his longtime church, Reformation Lutheran Church on the city’s East Side, just after 10 a.m. (Central Time). The service had started minutes earlier.

Let’s make on thing clear before we start: the assassin is just a murderer and a terrorist.  No matter what you think about the abortion issue, shooting doctors accomplishes nothing.  Abortions will still be legal; abortions will be performed.  All he’s done is ended one more life.

That having been said, I’m a little put off by the insinuation in the usual circles that this is somehow the right wing’s fault—specifically it’s Bill O’Reilly’s fault because he profiled Tiller.  This is nothing but sliming.

When a tragedy occurs, should we put blame on those who were previously critical of the victim?  If someone shoots Dick Cheney, should we wag our fingers at the people who spoke out against torture—who pilloried him and compared him to Nazis?  If someone had tried to assassinate Bush, would we have blamed that on Michael Moore’s dumb movie?

Of course not. That would be stupid.  We blame violence on people who ... stop me if I’m going too fast ... commit violence, materially support violence or openly call for violence.  We don’t blame people who say nasty things but do not call for violence.

Something similar happened in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Many leftists, notably Bill Clinton, tried to imply that this was somehow the fault of the Right Wing and Rush Limbaugh.  They were full of shit then and they are full of shit now.  When Right Wing talking heads endorse violence, then we can blame them.  Until then, this is nothing but an attempt to silence and intimidate the opposition by linking them to extremists who happen to share a political opinion.

I’m curious what the critics think O’Reilly should have done.  If O’Reilly truly believes we are killing a million people a year in this country, is he supposed to stay quiet about it rather than inflame some lunatic’s passions?  If Bill O’Reilly believes a doctor is harming his patients and violating the law in performing abortions, should he be silent lest some terrorist be making a list?

I’ve watched the O’Reilly clips and found them extremely wanting.  O’Reilly doesn’t call for violence—he calls for an investigation by the state.  I don’t find this even half as inciting as Keith Olberman repeatedly and literally branding people as the “Worst Person in the World”.

Coates takes it even further down the rabbit hole, bringing up something really stupid Rush Limbaugh said about Sotomayor and implying ... something.

We don’t have the luxury of thinking about these bilious hate-mongers as loonies running off the lip. People are dying. And these shameless goons are cashing checks. Disgusting. I’m sick over this.

He links to the story about the racist anti-semitic piece of shit who murdered three cops in Pittsburgh because ... well, it’s not really clear why Ta-Nahisi thinks that’s relevant.  Polawski called some radio shoes; Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly have shows; and ... well, don’t you see?

I’m always impressed by how much the Left hates free speech.  From campus speech codes to the Fairness Doctrine to “hate speech” laws to linking talk show hosts to violent lunatics who (more likely than not) have never seen the show, the Libs constantly want to silence the opposition.  Look, I can’t stand listening to Rush these days.  I’ve never liked O’Reilly.  I can feel the Democrats gaining congressional seats every time Hannity opens his stupid fat mouth.  I think Ann Coulter is a disgrace.  And I could flip that over and spew the same bile at Al Franken, Robert Reich, Randi Rhodes, Janeane Garafalo and Keith Olberman.  Half the reason I remain conservative is because I can’t stomach their bullshit.

But I would never support any attempt to silence these people—not even the backdoor slithering way of linking them to violent acts they had nothing to do with.  There is one person and one person alone who bears responsibility for this terrible crime.  And it ain’t Bill O’Reilly.

Update: I also find it extremely unlikely, given the allegations, that O’Reilly was Tiller’s only critic—or the most vociferous.  To default to blaming O’Reilly immediately smacks of laziness.

Update: Great commentary here.  Whoever this murdering swine is (he has yet to be caught), he’s only strengthened the hand of his opponents.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/31/09 at 03:29 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • Permalink

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