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March 24, 2009

O'Reilly calls Amanda Terkel a "villain" for highlighting his ugly rape comments

Last night conservative TV host Bill O'Reilly called Think Progress blogger Amanda Terkel a "villain" on the air for obliquely noting the irony that, he was been invited to headline a benefit for a non-profit that benefits rape survivors.

Terkel didn't even mention the much more ironic fact that O'Reilly was invited to a benefit for the survivors of sexual assault despite having been forced to pay over $2 million to settle a sex harassment suit brought against him by his former producer, Andrea Mackris in 2004.

Instead, Terkel mentioned in her Mar 1 post that O'Reilly had made deeply offensive on-air comments about 18-year-old rape and murder victim Jennifer Moore in 2006.

O'Reilly called Moore a "moronic girl" and suggested that she was responsible for her own grisly death. Moore was kidnapped after she ended up drunk and stranded on the West Side Highway having wandered away from her friend after a night of clubbing.

Here's what Bill O'Reilly had to say shortly after Moore's badly beaten body was found in a dumpster:

O'REILLY: So anyway, these two girls come in from the suburbs and they get bombed, and their car is towed because they're moronic girls and, you know, they don't have a car. So they're standing there in the middle of the night with no car. And then they separate because they're drunk. They separate, which you never do. All right.

Now Moore, Jennifer Moore, 18, on her way to college. She was 5-foot-2, 105 pounds, wearing a miniskirt and a halter top with a bare midriff. Now, again, there you go. So every predator in the world is gonna pick that up at two in the morning. She's walking by herself on the West Side Highway, and she gets picked up by a thug. All right. Now she's out of her mind, drunk.

And the thug takes her over to New Jersey in the cab and kills her and rapes her and does all these terrible things to her. And the thug is so stupid, he uses her cell phone, and the cops trace it back to him and they -- and they arrest him and charge him with murder. He had a prostitute girlfriend with him, and she's charged as an accessory to murder. But Jennifer Moore is in the ground. She's dead.

Imagine if Jennifer Moore's parents heard O'Reilly tarnishing their dead daughter's memory. O'Reilly even excoriated the parents for not keeping their daughter under curfew, Adele Stan writes at HuffPo.

To illustrate his point about Moore's "culpability," O'Reilly brought up disgraced actor Mel Gibson as another example of a person who deserved what was coming to him because he got drunk. O'Reilly implied that Moore's death was analogous to Gibson's recent DUI arrest during which the actor had called the arresting officer "sugar tits" and screamed antisemitic slurs at police. 

Over the weekend, O'Reilly sent two men to confront Terkel about her post--producer Jesse Watters and an unnamed camera operator. The two approached Terkel on the street in Virginia, having apparently tailed her on the two-hour drive from her home in Washington, D.C.

As you'll see in the video clip, Watters tries to insinuate that Terkel is lying when she says that she listened to O'Reilly's remarks before commenting on them. Watters demands to know the significance of O'Reilly's remarks about Mel Gibson. Terkel doesn't answer.

The producer demanded that Terkel apologize for causing pain and suffering to a rape victim and her family. Which rape victim? Jennifer Moore? No, O'Reilly was referring to Alexa Branchini of Alexa Foundation. However, Terkel never criticized the Alexa Foundation, and never mentioned Ms. Branchini. The idea that Terkel deliberately inflicted distress upon the Alexa Foundation is laughable.

Why was Amanda Terkel, a young female blogger, singled out for an ambush from the O'Reilly goons? Her post was based on link to another blog, Newshounds. Many other websites and TVs shows covered the controversy. Earlier this month an anti-rape group with no ties to Terkel circulated a petition requesting that the Alexa Foundation disinvite O'Reilly on the grounds that his blame-the-victim comments disqualified him from addressing a benefit for rape survivors. (Bizarrely, according to Keith Olbermann, the Alexa Foundation issued a statement stressing that O'Reilly was invited to speak about his book, not rape victims.)

The 2006 attack on the recently-deceased Jennifer Moore wasn't an isolated incident.  O'Reilly also insinuated that Sean Hornbeck, a boy who was held captive by a child molester for years, stayed because he liked the abuse, according to noted rightwing watcher Dave Neiwert.

As if this saga wasn't sordid enough, O'Reilly Factor appears to have broken its own rules for ambush interviews by confronting Terkel. O'Reilly previously pledged only to ambush public servants and to confront targets only after contacting them and either inviting them to appear on the show, or giving them an opportunity to explain themselves in a statement.

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If America was a society that functioned on the rule of law being equally and justly applied, people like Roger Ailes, let alone thieving little pigfuckers like BillO, would be getting intimately acquainted with the prosecutorial techniques used against Julius Streicher.

Hard to care for Amanda Terkel since progressive favorite Max Blumenthal does the same thing and they applaud it.

When I mention Howard Dean's BS quote that abortions have gone up “25 percent since George Bush was president.”
http://michellemalkin.com/2005/05/22/howard-dean-recycles-an-abortion-lie/
or when I say that this joke now applies to Obama
http://kingdomofidiots.blogspot.com/2009/03/links-of-day_11.html
WILL FERRELL AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH - "Hello, my fellow Americans. I have chosen to schedule this impromptu address at night because quite frankly every time I speak during the day, the Stock Market goes in the crapper.
Progressives dismiss it as "Old News"
Why is Andrea Mackris in 2004 is not "old news"?

Why is Rupert Murdoch paying sexual predator Bill O'Reilly to stalk young women?

And why is Idiot King Paul L defending sexual predators?

At least Paul L is now using (mostly) complete sentences. And with all the practice trolling Paul L gets, soon he might even start using complete paragraphs. But then that might lead him to complete thoughts which would be one step too close to liberalism for poor Paul L.

Stay crazy, Paul L, we love you for it. And as long as your trolling on the internet it keeps you from being a predator on the streets.

BTW, Paul L, did you hear the old news about how Bill O'Reilly encouraged terrorists to attack an American city?

Wow, PaulL quoted not only Michelle Malkin, but his OWN blog as sources.

That's some good old conservative commitment to intellectual integrity right there.

Stay classy PaulL, you're a real credit to your party.

Sorry, but what the hell did Max Blumenthal do that's as bad as sending his producer to harass people he doesn't like?

More than GE pays Keith Olbermann to stalk young women.
BTW if you check the links you would see that they reference the transcripts for the remarks.
NBC's Meet the Press site
We'd like to make abortion rare. You know that abortions have gone up 25 percent since George Bush was president?
And the Huffington post for Will Ferrell on SNL

I don't care about the abortion quote. I care about your comment that Max Blumenthal is as bad as Bill O'Reilly. Providing links that include laundry lists of gems such as "Jessica Valenti getting hitched" (if I can stop caring, so can you) and "central tenet of global warming theory collapses" (sourced to a creationist) isn't evidence; it's throwing sand in people's eyes.

Ms Terkel performed very well in the ambush-interview, despite how the shrill goons tried to spin it. Calm, composed, and rational even under stress. Enough so that I wonder if it'll get her tagged as a good person to interview by reputable journalists.

PaulL, are you a real human, or just a gibbon randomly slapping at the keys, cause your last post read like complete gibberish.

Is this what America has come to? Everytime I turn the tv on all I see is finger pointing. People like Keith Olbermann protecting the Dems no matter how much they screw up! Hannity in his own little universe making things up. You should thank Fox for the ambush now you have millions of more hits.

Keith, Lindsay's hit count today is well below historical averages... you should look for evidence before you start accusing people of blog-whoring.

Bill doesn't have the gonads to say he's livid because he was attacked for statements he made about a rape victim (because he knows his credibility is fucked in that regard). Instead, he frames the attack on him as an attack on the Alexa foundation and vaguely cites being criticized for statements he made about "crime". I would fault the Alexa foundation for not doing their homework on this cheesehead before inviting him to speak. Why they would want him championing their cause after all the shit he's said about abuse victims is beyond comprehension. Maybe someone should email them the footage.

What an awful, evil man BO is.

(I saw that Shawn Hornbeck show, and have never ever forgotten it.)

...Regarding the Hornbeck saga, O'Reilly completely missed the side story about the kid's parents who set up a foundation that hasn't filed disclosure statements for over 3 years. No one knows exactly how much money flowed through the foundation, but it has never been accounted for. Definite shenanigans.

The Chyron on the photo of Amanda Terkel reads "far left blogger"...so those dirty liberals are now far out there, huh? I got a good laugh out of that. Fox News just gets more and more irrelevant.

"Why was Amanda Terkel, a young female blogger, singled out for an ambush from the O'Reilly goons?"

Because she works for Media Matters, which we all know is TEH EVIL. O'Reilly is obsessed, like much of the right, with George Soros.

Mike - I think "young female" is as much a driver as the Soros connection. She's getting above her station in criticizing The Patriarch and must be slapped down. Similar criticism from an older man would probably get no more than a verbal smearing on the show.

I thought the only rule on the factor was that Bill gets the last word after turning off his guest's mike. Who knew?

Bill gets down and all sexy like!
Oooh, Bill! You're getting my falafel so . . . so HOT!

I've read these comments and I feel dirty.

You should all be ashamed.

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