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O’Reilly On His Message Board: ‘When We See Objectionable Things, We Take It Off Immediately’

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"O’Reilly On His Message Board: ‘When We See Objectionable Things, We Take It Off Immediately’"

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Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly has embarked on a smear campaign to marginalize the netroots through a full frontal assault on the Daily Kos site. First, he was able to pressure JetBlue into distancing itself from the upcoming YearlyKos convention. Now, he is focused on preventing presidential candidates from attending the conference next week.

Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, he labeled Daily Kos a “hate website.” His guest, Howard Wolfson — a political adviser for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — defended the netroots as a community of people “participating in our democracy.” O’Reilly responded by cherry-picking a few comments that were demeaning and derogatory towards Clinton, prompting Wolfson to note that O’Reilly’s own site contains similar garbage:

WOLFSON: Bill, even your website has things on it that you would find objectionable.

O’REILLY: That’s bull. Look, we know what you’re going to say because the Kos planted someone in there. But when we see objectionable things, we take it off immediately. They traffic in it.

Watch the interview:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress perused the O’Reilly messageboard (available only to paid subscribers) to examine the contents of the comments posted there. We found Bill Clinton referred to as “cow manure,” Hillary as “the she devil,” Obama as “the anti-Christ,” and other derogatory remarks. Contrary to O’Reilly’s claim that “objectionable things” are taken off immediately, these comments are still on the site this morning:

I thought that Bill Clinton was a piece of cow manure, but he still was the President of the United States. [posted by vvatc, 7/23/07, 8:23 PM PT]

Yeppers, the she devil is the smart one. A turn towards the right does that for people. She’s crafty! [posted by Martha Wells, 7/24/07, 3:11 AM PT]

Obama may well be the anti-Christ for the way the media builds him up as the savior for all of the ills in the country. [posted by Mike Piche, 7/19/07, 5:56 PM PT]

RE: Illegal immigrants worth fighting for??? they breed likes rats 100 make 1000 in 9 months [posted by bullpen, 7/16/07, 11:16 AM PT]

My daughters looking through it the other day, sees Chertoff, says, “is that the guy in charge of our homeland? He looks like a Nazi mom.” I concur. [posted by Debra Sanders, 7/15/07, 9:48 AM PT]

Aravosis has more here and here.

Previously, O’Reilly blasted ThinkProgress as “hired guns” who are “paid to smear people.” He also suggested that the best way to deal with the blogosphere is to “go in with a hand grenade.”

Editor’s Note: It is very difficult to sanitize comments sections. While each blog should have a terms of use policy that restricts hateful or threatening commentary, it is extremely difficult to find the resources to enforce these policies around the clock in a fair way. ThinkProgress commenters know this as well as anyone. O’Reilly shouldn’t be trying to smear blog sites by cherry-picking a few unrepresentative comments. If he has objections to front-page posts, he should voice them.

UPDATE: Lane Hudson has more.

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