Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been at the top of his game for many years, both at the helm of his nightly television broadcast and as a prolific author. Recently, a trio of historical novels chronicling the events surrounding the murders of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Jesus Christ has been a huge success for the outspoken host.
As with accomplishments by anyone considered conservative, leftists in the media are quick to disparage him and his work. Some progressive mouthpieces, however, take that hostility to a dangerous level.
Chris Matthews, one of many MSNBC hosts with a penchant for making obtuse, hateful statements, recently engaged in such rhetoric as a guest on Comedy Central’s popular Colbert Report.
Host Stephen Colbert brought up Matthew’s new book, which he said might benefit by modeling the title after those in the popular O’Reilly series.
“Why didn’t you call it ‘Killing Tip and the Gipper?’” Colbert asked, which led Matthews to resort to the type of hate speech for which he has become known.
“When are we going to have the book we’ve really been waiting for?” he asked “–’Killing O’Reilly.’”
Even the show’s audience, which expects Colbert to mercilessly mock O’Reilly through his exaggerated impersonation, was audibly shocked by Matthews’ advocacy of murder. A collective gasp followed his heartless comment.
Making his retort even more unacceptable is its banality. Jon Stewart, interviewing O’Reilly on the same network earlier this week, used a similar line. Of course, Stewart is paid to make jokes; and, by aiming his reference to “Killing O’Reilly” directly at the subject of that joke, its humorous intent was clear.
Matthews, on the other hand, has no such history of jocularity. In fact, he has been among the most incendiary figures on a network identified by deeply contentious partisan hacks.
While the media hold conservatives to an artificially high standard, immediately pouncing on any perceived inappropriate statement, fellow leftists are continually given a pass. While he will likely never be held accountable for his reckless comments by his political allies in the press, conservatives can still take comfort in his show’s dismal rating.
–Western Journalism staff writer