Bill O’Reilly used his “Talking Points Memo” on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night to replay the segment on The View that led Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set. On The Factor, O’Reilly referred to it as a “fiery debate.” (You can watch the “memo” here.) Later in the show, noting his condescending directive to Behar — “Listen to me because you’ll learn” — O’Reilly said, “She was yapping, so I had to get her attention…. I am often offensive, I think everyone knows that.”
Goldberg and Behar objected to O’Reilly’s blanket condemnation of “Muslims” attacking America on Sept.11, as opposed to phrasing it as “Muslim extremists.” O’Reilly’s “Memo” included this point: “No one I know wants to insult Muslims, but many are tired of the political correctness surrounding the 9/11 attack.” His example: “Did we say, in World War II, ‘We were attacked by “Japanese extremists”? [...] No: we said we were attacked by ‘Japanese.’”
Laura Ingraham joined O’Reilly to go after The View. “Who gave Joy Behar the badge [of] speech police officer?” Ingraham said. She described Goldberg’s and Behar’s counterarguments as “an attempt to intimidate others.” Huh? Intimidate whom? Those poor View watchers who are so easily intimidated? Pretty condescending of Ingraham.
On her Headline News channel show this evening, host Behar explained her walk-off by saying, “I thought he was saying something that I construe as hate speech, frankly.” Her guest was former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, who called O’Reilly “a spineless puke.” Ventura’s insult was rather sour-graped, however, by his admission that “the whole Fox [network] won’t have me on.” Sounds like someone has had his feelings hurt by not getting a perfumed invitation from O’Reilly or Glenn Beck…
What do you think of the controversy? And how much longer will it be drawn out?