The right-wing Family Research Council has announced that at its upcoming Values Voters Summit this fall, the organization will be honoring Fox News host Bill O’Reilly with the first-ever “Media Courage Award.” In his announcement, FRC President Tony Perkins specifically cited O’Reilly’s coverage of the late Dr. George Tiller:
Bill O’Reilly has never shied away from denouncing late-term abortions and the handful of doctors who perform them. In the aftermath of George Tiller’s murder, O’Reilly became an easy target for the liberal media who tried to pin some of the blame on Bill, saying he incited the violence by decrying these unnecessary procedures on his show. Despite the unfair allegations, O’Reilly spoke the truth, bringing new light to a gruesome procedure. On behalf of our co-sponsors and millions of values voters, we want to express our gratitude to a culture warrior who uses his national platform to promote life–no matter what the personal or professional costs.
O’Reilly rarely spoke the “truth” about Tiller, who was murdered by a radical anti-choice extremist. What O’Reilly did was demonize him, calling him — even after his death — “Tiller the Baby Killer” or “Dr. Killer.” “This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,” O’Reilly said of Tiller’s medical practice. Beyond the Tiller commentary, O’Reilly rarely shows “courage” on his show. Nothing says courage less than sending your producer to stalk people because they once wrote something critical about you and you’re too afraid to actually call them up and ask them for a response first.