Tonight, Bill O’Reilly attacked the “radical movement” that opposed the Nevada Democratic Party’s debate with Fox News. O’Reilly said that MoveOn, “the Daily Kos or whatever that stupid thing is,” and others “use propaganda techniques perfected by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of information. They lie, distort, defame, all the time.” Progressive activists attack Fox News because “we report on them accurately,” O’Reilly said.
Former White House aide Lanny Davis, a close ally of Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), joined in the fray. “I’m inclined to give everybody the benefit of the doubt here except the people that are calling for cancellation of the debate because they don’t like Fox,” Davis said. “I disagree with this pressure from Daily Kos and MoveOn.org to cancel the debate, and I think anybody that took that pressure, including John Edwards ought to be ashamed of themselves.”
O’REILLY: Within the Democratic Party there are two elements, moderate Dems and radical left Dems. The radical movement is funded by George Soros and Peter Lewis, who pour millions of dollars into candidates and web sites like MoveOn to do their bidding. Soros and Lewis have given MoveOn at least $5 million. My book Culture Warrior pinpoints the far-left agenda and it is frightening, things like open borders, a one-world foreign policy, unfettered abortion, and so on. The Soros-Lewis mob despises Fox News because we have their number and we report on them accurately. They use the MoveOn web site to smear this network and others with whom they disagree. These people use techniques perfected by Dr. Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of information. They lie, distort, defame, all the time. So it’s not surprising that MoveOn objected to a debate sponsored by Fox News and the Nevada Democratic Party. MoveOn immediately tried to boycott the August event and persuaded John Edwards to drop out. That was simply stupid. Fox News has sponsored a number of debates in the past, all of them fair and balanced, and Edwards has appeared on this network more than 30 times with no complaint. Then last Thursday evening, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes received a Freedom of Speech Leadership Award in Washington. I was in the front row when he said this.
AILES (VIDEO): It is true that Barack Obama is on the move. I don’t know if it’s true that President Bush called Musharraf and said, “Why can’t we catch this guy?”
O’REILLY: Not one person complained, according to the organizers of the event. It was just an obvious jest directed at President Bush. But almost immediately Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, declared the joke a smear against Obama, saying “We cannot as good Democrats put our party in the position to defend such comments.” Now Reid is either very dense or disingenuous. There’s no middle ground. And so the debate has now been canceled. The Soros-MoveOn cabal believe this is a major victory for them but once again they’re wrong. The Fox News Channel has been fair to the Democratic Party and will continue to be fair.
O’REILLY: Let’s go to another honest guy here, Lanny Davis. You wrote a book, and in the book you — I don’t know if pleading is the right word, but you confronted this kind of MoveOn garbage. You said this is destroying the political process — and correct me if I’m wrong, and I’m paraphrasing your book — that there’s good nothing that could come of this. Yet you see the Senate Majority Leader embrace this tactic. What can you possibly think?
DAVIS: You know, I’m inclined to give everybody the benefit of the doubt here except the people that are calling for cancellation of the debate because they don’t like Fox. I think that is the element of our party that wants to talk to only people that agree with us and have a bi-coastal Democratic Party. If we don’t talk to people watching Fox, whether they’re Democratic, independent or Republican, doesn’t matter. We got to be talking to everybody, and I disagree with this pressure from Daily Kos and MoveOn.org to cancel the debate. I think anybody that took that pressure including John Edwards ought to be ashamed of themselves.
O’REILLY: … I don’t think this is driven by politics. I think it is driven by hatred. The h-word. They hate — the Daily Kos or whatever that stupid thing is, MoveOn, Soros, Lewis, hate Fox News, and they’re trying to punish Fox News. That’s what it’s all about.