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Sharpton Dishes His Race-Baiting On “The Factor”

November 6, 2009

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Why does Bill O’Reilly continue to provide Al Sharpton a platform for his race-baiting?  To show how “fair and balanced” he can be?

OReilly made it easy for Sharpton by posing the issue this way:

Why is the House Ethics Committee investigating seven different African-American lawmakers?

Sharpton argued that race must be involved, given all the attention focused particularly on a powerful African-American Congressman like Rep. Charlie Rangel.

Softball questions get the answers they deserve. 

Here are the questions that O’Reilly should have asked:

  • Was the House Ethics Committee being anti-Semitic when it subpoenaed law enforcement agencies for intercepted communications between U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and a suspected “Israeli agent?”
  •  Are you aware that it was in a case led by future U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the white Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski was indicted on corruption charges (e.g., keeping “ghost” employees on his payroll and using Congressional funds to buy gifts such as chairs and ashtrays for friends) and was then forced to step down from all Congressional leadership positions?
  • Shouldn’t Holder, now that he is the Attorney General,  put his color blinders on and investigate Rep. Charlie Rangel for possible criminal wrong-doing (e.g., accepting thousands of dollars in interest forgiveness and failing to disclose this windfall on both his Congressional disclosure forms and income tax forms in violation of federal laws) as Holder had done with  Rostenkowski fifteen years ago?  
  • Do you think that Rangel, who has  admitted to failing to pay a substantial amount of income taxes, deserves some sort of affirmative action type leniency from the Ethics Committee because he is an African-American and that he should be allowed  to continue to head the body in charge of writing the tax laws in the House of Representatives for the rest of us ordinary taxpayers?
  • Are you accusing the Democratic Party leaders in the House of racism since they could stop the ethics investigations any time with a snap of their fingers and have not yet done so?  Or do you think that it is enough that Nancy Pelosi is not asking Rangel to step aside even after he admitted his failure to pay his own taxes?

My plea to Bill O’Reilly is to return to the days of the true “No Spin Zone” and ask tough questions such as the ones above rather than give race-baiters like Al Sharpton free air time.

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27 Comments
  1. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:37 am

    My plea to Bill O’Reilly is to return to the days of the true “No Spin Zone” and ask tough questions such as the ones above rather than give race-baiters like Al Sharpton free air time.

    Am I the only one who believes O’Reilly has changed his shtick a bit in recent months? That he has become less critical about Democrats / leftists than he was in the past?

    • Brawnica Williams permalink
      November 6, 2009 10:06 am

      I agree wholeheartedly. Bill O’Reilly of today is not the person I first began to watch. Something has changed within the last year or two because he is much more politically correct.

    • November 6, 2009 1:24 pm

      For several years, I have been a devoted fan of Bill O. Not anymore. though I tune in as often as my time allows, more often than not, I change channels as he vaccilates through his program. He has become overly opinionated in matters in which he has no experience, and soft and mushy in his interviews with those whom, in earlier times he would have quickly dispatched. It’s a shame, but he is rapidly losing many in his formmer audience.
      Bill: How about reviving the No Spin Zone?

    • jochang permalink
      November 6, 2009 3:23 pm

      Your are right about BOR’s change. But before that change it had been evident that his bluster has finally deflated, as it always does with like types, and we can see what he really is — a lightweight as a journalist.

  2. Theodore Blunt permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:17 am

    As a radio commedian stated, when ask,”why, percentage wise, more blacks are in jail?” His answer was, “They are the ones committing the offense Could that be the case in the House as well?”

  3. John West permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:27 am

    I watched O’Reilly on with Sharpton last evening and even though I am a Billy O fan, I think it was he who was doing the baiting, but Sharpton wouldn’t bite.

    Perhaps Sharpton, in his own twisted mind, realized that there are a lot of black crooks on Capital Hill and it’s their undeniable crimes that are being investigated and he wants to play down the fact they are mostly all Negroes under investigation. If they are cleared, he will then start his unfair persecution rant and his racism taunts. Al is a clever twit.

    I was disappointed in Bill as I have been lately in his overly generous giving of slack to Obama. Bill is trying to too fail, too polite and in the process he is losing his balance.

  4. John West permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:29 am

    Sorry for that last sentence that should read “Bill is trying to be too polite” etc.

    • Brawnica Williams permalink
      November 6, 2009 10:07 am

      Got it!

    • jochang permalink
      November 6, 2009 3:27 pm

      The reason for his “failing”, John, is that BOR does not know how to be polite. He has a been a bully, and probably always will be a bully. And do I need to add, a bully without much class?

  5. David C. permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:17 am

    Two questions for Bill O’Reilly:

    1. Did Al Sharpton have anything of value to contribute to the discussion?

    2. If the answer to Question 1 is no, why was Al Sharpton given a platform to express his customary biased, self-promoting point of view?

    Unfortunately, it seems that Mr. O’Reilly is promoting himself more and more in recent weeks. He seems bored with the fine details of current events and is paying greater attention to his ratings than ever. The hip hop Doc Marc Lamont Hill nonsense should have been a wake up call, but Mr. O’Reilly continues unabashed with his “looking out for the folks” schtick.

    In time, O’Reilly’s audience will tire of his blatant self promotion.

    • donnamarie permalink
      November 7, 2009 5:48 am

      I think that O’Reilly feels threatened by Glenn Beck. He has had Beck on a few times and every time he does he always takes a few swipes at him trying to show that Beck is an extremist. Beck even responded to him once something to the effect “You were so nice to me before we were on the air.”

      Anyway, just my two cents.

  6. John Davidson permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:21 am

    If there is no racism, Sharpton would be unemployed and homeless.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:18 am

      John;

      Actually, there’s very little racism (whites hating blacks) in comparison to the way it was years ago… The worm has indeed turned, now, most of the racism comes from blacks hating whites…

      But slime like Sharpton don’t need real examples of racism any more to start a ruckus over these days, they simply make them up. The entire Obama administration and all of their sycophants, have used cries of racism against almost everyone who has said one word against Obama…

      Sharpton actually reminds me of the IPCC. Global warming stopped in 1998, and the earth started cooling in 2002, so they’ve just resorted to deliberately falsifying the data in order to making things up, just to support their political masters !

  7. Nick Shaw permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:56 am

    I have to agree, despite being a long time Factor watcher, Bill is becoming too …ahh, how can I put this…vanilla pudding, for me. He’s no longer the biting commentator of old, no matter who the target may be. Even his treatment of Beck and Stossel seems off-putting to me. Like he has no respect for either of his co-workers. How about his holding to a ridiculously low number for the tea party protest in Washington depite every other Fox report saying otherwise? I don’t know what it is but, if I want puff pieces (Body Language, the Word Lady, Pinheads and Patriots or constant pumping of his books) I could just as well watch CNN

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:22 am

      I think O’Reilly respects Beck and Stossel..

      The problem is that he’s become an egomaniac, and sees himself as the grand old man of conservative punditry, so he just acts in a terribly condescending manner to others like Beck and Stossel who he simply sees as his interns.

      • jochang permalink
        November 6, 2009 3:34 pm

        That is so right. It’s the true arrogance of the man.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:34 am

      And BTW, you’re right on when you refer to the “general entertainment” crap on his show.

      Body language doesn’t bother me because it does give us some insights to people’s sincerity & honesty, but the Pinheads & Patriots, and the letters he reads nightly that praise him or his books is too narcissistic to stomach.

      But to me, the most offensive by far of all of his entertaining gimmicks is “The Great American Culture Quiz”. We have far too few serious conservative spokesmen, and when he shows off about all the details that he remembers about Elvis, or old movies & tv shows, he clearly crosses the line, and makes me want to throw up….

      These days I only watch him on Wednesdays… just to hear what Dennis Miller has to say about the insanity all around us.

      • jochang permalink
        November 6, 2009 3:32 pm

        I think I expressed similar sentiments, Swemson, a couple of weeks ago, when I mentioned that if BOR were switched in program time with Beck, we would see ratings for Beck that would make BOR’s fade into oblivion.

        • Swemson permalink
          November 6, 2009 4:26 pm

          I agree !

  8. Mike permalink
    November 6, 2009 12:50 pm

    When I saw Sharpton on deck I changed the channel. It was predictable what would transpire.

    • Brawnica Williams permalink
      November 6, 2009 4:36 pm

      Exactly!

  9. shane comeback permalink
    November 7, 2009 6:10 am

    “If there is no racism, Sharpton would be unemployed and homeless.”-John Davidson-

    YES! Truer words were never spoken. It’s all for job security,keep the flames fanned.

  10. Sooke permalink
    November 7, 2009 10:02 am

    I have taken the “Sharpton Pledge” and have forwarded it to “The Factor” and other media.

    “Al Sharpton is a race baiter and shakedown artist and has no constituency. I pledge that whenever he appears on your program, I will immediately turn the channel.”

    I have previously taken the “Jesse Pledge”. The wording is similar, however I mention this so-called reverend’s mistress, and their child.

    I suggest everyone who is also outraged that the media continue to give these two frauds a forum to promote themselves do the same.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 7, 2009 10:33 am

      Good Lord, I hope they aren’t paying them. What a travesty that would be!!!!!!

  11. peachey permalink
    November 7, 2009 2:49 pm

    Sharpton reminds me of the pyromaniac that starts a raging fire, then shows up to put it out. I do not understand where BOR stands these days. He seems to have lost his passion and way. Having Sharpton on the show is not worthy of watching. Sorry, Bill. You need to revive your previous passion and format and jetison the innane segments on trivia and pinheads.

  12. Joy permalink
    November 8, 2009 2:05 am

    Here’s my take on O’Reilly: As the old saying goes, “He who talks much does (or gets – more accurate here, I think!) little.” BOR’s star is starting to fade, to slide – the “old grey gelding ain’t what he used to be!” Basically, he’s a DOM – and I think those who work with him and are around him a lot know this. That former employee who brought the sexual harrassment law suit was probably right on the money (in more ways than one!); but they “settled” (an undisclosed amount) and the network tried to make it go away (O’Reilly no doubt really had his wings clipped after that embarrassment!). He denied everything; but when I watch him interact with ANY female on his show, my antennae goes out and I just SENSE D.O.M.!! Somehow the whole image is disgusting to me – he’s about the least sexy guy on FOX – which doesn’t help matters much; hypocritically, if he had more sex appeal, I MIGHT forgive him his philandering ways… The worst example is that Russian chick – the language “expert” – with all that cleavage, that always seems to get BOR’s rocks off. It is (was?) about the most inane of all his “special” segments. And, yes, finally, his ego is over-sized and full of self-importance; but to paraphrase a famous American, “The Ego has almost landed…”

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