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March 23, 2009

Bill O'Reilly sics producer on female blogger who criticized host's record on rape

Amanda Terkel, a writer for the popular progressive blog Think Progress, reports that she was stalked and harassed by a producer for the O'Reilly Factor after she observed that Factor host Bill O'Reilly blamed an 18-year-old for her own rape and murder on air and subsequently agreed to host a fundraiser for a non-profit group that supports rape survivors. (Audio clip of O'Reilly's rant, here.)

Terkel describes what happened next:

This weekend, while on vacation, I was ambushed by O’Reilly’s top hit man, producer Jesse Watters, who accosted me on the street and told me that because I highlighted O’Reilly’s comments, I was causing “pain and suffering” to rape victims and their families. He of course offered no proof to back up this claim, instead choosing to shout questions at me.

I expect O’Reilly to air this “interview” at some point this week, possibly as early as tonight. I have no expectation that he will show the entire altercation or give the entire story about what happened, so here is the full account, offering a glimpse inside the O’Reilly harassment machine.

Terkel says she was surveilled, followed, and accosted on the street by producer Jesse Watters and a cameraman. They found her in Winchester, VA, a two-hour drive from her home in Washington, DC. Since Terkel didn't tell anyone where she was going, she infers Watters and his camera operator staked out her apartment and followed her to Virginia.

Watters demanded to know why Terkel was causing "pain and suffering" to the Alexa Foundation, even though Terkel never criticized the non-profit in her post. She merely pointed out a certain tension between O'Reilly's on air pronouncements about a dead 18-year-old rape victim and his appearance at a fundraiser for a group that supports survivors of sexual assault.

O'Reilly had no compunctions about how the family of the victim, Jennifer Moore, might feel when he called her a "moronic girl" on the air and implied that she was responsible for her own death because she was a 5-foot-2, 105lb woman in a crop top who had been drinking.

Lots of other blogs picked up on O'Reilly's outrageous statements, including the Media Matters. The Factor wouldn't explain why Amanda Terkel was singled out for a confrontation. Amanda writes, "Since I’m a 5 ft, 100 pound woman with an opinion that he doesn’t like, perhaps O’Reilly believes I deserve to be treated this way."

Bill O'Reilly is a notorious bully of both men and women. In 2004, O'Reilly was forced to pay over $2 million to settle a sexual harassment suit brought against him by his former producer Andrea Mackris.

And who can forget O'Reilly's demagogic tirades against feminist bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McKewan?

Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently satirized O'Reilly for accosting even casual critics on the street and then excoriating reporters for violating the privacy of their subjects.

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Some crazy person just left the following comment, signed as cfrost, which I deleted: "FUCK THIS SITE!!! YOU REMOVE MY POST SUPPORTING BILL O'REILLY FOR HIS ACTIONS AGAINST THIS BLOGGER BITCH HACK, FUCKING LIBERAL PIECES OF SHIT ALL OF YOU - YOU THINK BY HIDING THE TRUTH YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING NOBEL TO PUSH YOUR LEFT WING BULLSHIT - FUCK YOU COMMUNIST CENSORING FUCKWADS!!!"

I didn't delete any posts on this thread, except the one quoted above, which was deleted because it was spoofing cfrost. Whoever left the comment obviously hasn't mastered the intricacies of posting on an open thread. Figures.

U R an IDIOT...an ignorant female idiot

This made me laugh out loud. Not only the insertion of "female" in the string of insults as if it was on a par with "idiot" and "ignorant" but also the fact that the two actually insulting assertions in the phrase are about as accurate as calling LB a tall dark haired man.

I wonder if some good judgement sealed the fate of this poor girl because she chose to take a ride from a "couple" thinking she was much safer than with a guy alone?

I'm sorry, but "Leave Bill O'Reilly ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!" isn't a very good argument.

Nor is leaving him alone even warranted at this point in time.

which was deleted because it was spoofing cfrost

Evidently the combination of dissing loofah-boy O'Reilly and the idea that women should be allowed out of the house without a chador and a chaperon makes the wingnuts blow a gasket. Who knew?

Gotta go, I've got a long day of communistic fuckwadding ahead.

To the "Gitner" from Fox News who advocates someone "hunt you down and harrass you further," what's your address, Git? Is that what your employer Fox News (which you link to with your "name") is paying you to advocate? Fear? Terrorism? Violence?

Git is a pure example of a militant right wing extremist who hides behind anonymity while making threats and advocating terrorism. Encouraging terrorism is something his buddy Bill O'Reilly is familiar with. Bill O'Reilly is a terrorist advocate, too. Bill O'Reilly encouraged terrorists to blow up an American city.

Though Git from Fox News clearly doesn't understand that it's hard to take his terrorist threats seriously since s/he doesn't even understand how to use spell check.

In the future "Git" from Fox News, when something is underlined in red that means it's misspelled.

So "harrass" shows up in the "Post a comment" box underlined in red. That means you can check the spelling and change it to it's correct spelling, in this case to: harass.

Harass doesn't have two r's. But you sure got the A with two S'S right. ASS.

" you should teach your children not to rape people. The source of rape is rapists, and I'm a fan of stopping problems at their source."

"I thought the source of rape was power....Male privelage causes rape."

A fantastic website about conservative assholes

http://www.hannitysheroes.com/

Lets spread this around, please post it as many times as you can. I am proud that it shows what hate mongers the right wing nut jobs are.

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