Last night, Bill O’Reilly characterized the producer of NBC’s Law & Order crime drama, Dick Wolf, as a “far left guy” for approving a piece of dialogue that described O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh as a “cancer spreading ignorant and hate” that has convinced people that immigrants are the problem. O’Reilly called Wolf a “coward” and a “liar,” claiming that he has “consistently supported poor people who want a better life.” O’Reilly added:
Dick Wolf, the Executive Producer of Law & Order, is a despicable human being — despicable for distorting and exploiting this very complicated issue. Enough is enough with these network pinheads who shove propaganda down our throats under the guise of entertainment. No one on the Factor has been allowed to demonize any human being, and it’s partially because of this program that the border fence has finally been put up.
Ironically, O’Reilly attacks a fictional drama series with the same criticisms that many have reasonably brought against his news reporting. Not long ago, O’Reilly was proclaiming that immigration needs to be capped because the “far left” wants to “bring in millions of foreign nationals” to “break down the white, Christian, male power structure.” O’Reilly also got into a screaming match with fellow Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera, who suggested he was purposely reporting a “drunk driving story” as an “illegal alien story” and “obscuring a tragedy to make a cheap political point” that flares anti-immigrant animosity.
Rivera isn’t the only person who thinks so. Former head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), stated that O’Reilly’s language is “divisive and inflammatory, and often misleading” and “only creates fear, hatred and negative stereotyping of immigrants.” Media Matters has written that O’Reilly, along with Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck, serve a “steady diet of fear, anger, and resentment on the topic of illegal immigration.” O’Reilly is specifically described as frequently isolating crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and reporting them as if they were representative of the undocumented population as a whole and a “matter of national urgency.”
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund recently warned that “shrill anti-immigration reform commentaries” and the villification of immigrants in the public media has led to a rise in violent hate crimes against immigrants and those perceived as immigrants.
HT: Media Matters