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O'Reilly's Campaign Against Murdered Doctor
Salon ^ | May. 31, 2009 | Gabriel Winant

Posted on 05/31/2009 7:20:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The Fox News star had compared Tiller to a Nazi, called him a "baby killer," and warned of "Judgment Day" |

When his show airs tomorrow, Bill O'Reilly will most certainly decry the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller, who was killed Sunday while attending church services with his wife. Tiller, O'Reilly will say, was a man who was guilty of barbaric acts, but a civilized society does not resort to lawless murder, even against its worst members. And O'Reilly, we can assume, will genuinely mean this.

But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller's name first appeared on "The Factor" on Feb. 25, 2005. Since then, O'Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as "Tiller the Baby Killer."

Tiller, O'Reilly likes to say, "destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000." He's guilty of "Nazi stuff," said O'Reilly on June 8, 2005; a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida, he suggested on March 15, 2006. "This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao's China, Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union," said O'Reilly on Nov. 9, 2006.

O'Reilly has also frequently linked Tiller to his longtime obsession, child molestation and rape. Because a young teenager who received an abortion from Tiller could, by definition, have been a victim of statutory rape, O'Reilly frequently suggested that the clinic was covering up for child rapists (rather than teenage boyfriends) by refusing to release records on the abortions performed.

When Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an O'Reilly favorite who faced harsh criticism for seeking Tiller's records, was facing electoral defeat by challenger Paul Morrison, O'Reilly said, "Now we don't endorse candidates here, but obviously, that would be a colossal mistake. Society must afford some protection for viable babies and children who are raped." (Morrison ultimately unseated Kline.)

This is where O'Reilly's campaign against George Tiller becomes dangerous. While he never advocated anything violent or illegal, the Fox bully repeatedly portrayed the doctor as a murderer on the loose, allowed to do whatever he wanted by corrupt and decadent authorities. "Also, it looks like Dr. Tiller, who some call Tiller the Baby Killer, is spending a large amount of money in order to get Mr. Morrison elected. That opens up all kinds of questions," said O'Reilly on Nov. 6, 2006, in one of many suggestions that Tiller was improperly influencing the election.

Tiller's excuses for performing late-term abortions, O'Reilly suggested, were frou-frou, New Age, false ailments: The woman might have a headache or anxiety, or have been dumped by her boyfriend. She might be "depressed," scoffed O'Reilly, which he dismissed as "feeling a bit blue and carr[ying] a certified check." There was, he proposed on Jan. 5, 2007, a kind of elite conspiracy of silence on Tiller. "Yes, OK, but we know about the press. But it becomes a much more intense problem when you have a judge, confronted with evidence of criminal wrongdoing, who throws it out on some technicality because he wants to be liked at the country club. Then it's intense."

Tiller, said O'Reilly on Jan. 6 of this year, was a major supporter of then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. "I think it's unfairly characterized as just a grip and grin relationship. He was a pretty big supporter of hers." She had cashed her campaign check from Tiller, "doesn't seem to be real upset about this guy operating a death mill, which is exactly what it is in her state, does she?" he asked on July 14 of last year. "Maybe she'll -- maybe she'll pardon him," he scoffed two months ago.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abortion; abortionist; billo; billoreilly; foxnews; georgetiller; kansas; loofahbill; oreillystillsucks; prolife; salon; salondotcom; tiller; tillerthekiller
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1 posted on 05/31/2009 7:20:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

umm...

I could see this coming from a mile away.


2 posted on 05/31/2009 7:21:53 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin 2012)
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It did not take them very long to start blaming BO.


3 posted on 05/31/2009 7:21:58 PM PDT by freeplancer
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To: nickcarraway

Gabriel, which of these characterizations by Bill were inaccurate?


4 posted on 05/31/2009 7:22:46 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles, reality wins all the wars)
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To: nickcarraway
Well, well. They're out in full force tonight.

Where was this outrage when four Oakland police officers were shot dead?

5 posted on 05/31/2009 7:22:49 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: nickcarraway

So, what did Reilly say that wasn’t true?

It’s OK to call Bush a Nazi, but not Tiller, who murdered many thousands of innocent babies and frequently broke the laws of Kansas?

And, yes, Tiller did donate very large sums to Sebelius, a vicious pro-abort, who helped ensure that his crimes were not punished.


6 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:01 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway
Tiller, O'Reilly will say, was a man who was guilty of barbaric acts, but a civilized society does not resort to lawless murder, even against its worst members.

You know, it's not like this was some kind of right-wing conspiracy to murder baby-killers.

7 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:02 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: freeplancer

Is Bill O’Reilly even pro-life? I never knew he was. I thought he might have been against partial birth abortion, but not pro-life.


8 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Salon ? Dude.


9 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m gonna have to tune it to Bill O’Reilly lame Talking Points Memo thing to see what he says.


10 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:44 PM PDT by exist
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To: freeplancer
Ann Coulter too http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2261876/posts
11 posted on 05/31/2009 7:23:52 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t stand Bill O’Reilly, but he was absolutely right on Tiller and I don’t see how anybody could say otherwise. O’Reilly didn’t kill him and didn’t urge anybody to kill him; Tiller was a murderer and an evil man, and it’s not surprising that his deeds came back on him in the end.

Maybe Tiller repented at the last minute; that’s for God to know. But he lived an evil, bloody life and there’s no making it pretty or denying it.


12 posted on 05/31/2009 7:25:54 PM PDT by livius
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To: nickcarraway

They can’t even wait.


13 posted on 05/31/2009 7:25:59 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (I don't trust Obama with my country. Do you?)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, my. O’Reilly labeled these fascist baby killing monsters as the equivalent of the Nazis? As if 50,000,000 murdered innocent and helpless unborn children were genocide or something? Infanticide? The unspeakable American Holocaust?

God help us. Pray for America.


15 posted on 05/31/2009 7:28:43 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is Brewing!! Tea Party Express/Taxpayer March on DC 09.12.09!!)
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To: nickcarraway

What a HYPOCRITE! Why would a LOSER like Tiller EVER go to CHURCH??


16 posted on 05/31/2009 7:28:53 PM PDT by 2harddrive (then)
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To: nickcarraway

Mr. Tiller was no innocent victim.


17 posted on 05/31/2009 7:30:12 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: nickcarraway

Mr. Tiller was no innocent victim.


18 posted on 05/31/2009 7:30:16 PM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: nickcarraway
But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists.

I can think of one other person responsible for this "characterization" - George Tiller.

19 posted on 05/31/2009 7:31:35 PM PDT by xjcsa (Currently shouting "I told you so" about Michael Steele on my profile page.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, now that I’ve read this, I guess I don’t have to watch BO, tomorrow night...(sarc off).


20 posted on 05/31/2009 7:32:03 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: 2harddrive

And why would that church give him anything but a pew seat? He was an usher today - his wife was singing in the choir. The Descent of Lutherans/Episcopals/Presbyterians and all the other denominations who are going to hell in a handbasket for not holding themselves accountable to God’s word.


21 posted on 05/31/2009 7:32:46 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: nickcarraway

5000 people a year killed in drive-bys; where’s the ink in Salon? So many articles on such short notice, like the obit of a famous man, written in advance.
Holder is moving to protect abortuaries, where is the protection for the young, the poor and black who become victims of stray round in our cities?
Aren’t some of them named Malia also?
As for us, do not gloat over the bones of the murdered. So far, O’Reilly, Coulter, Op Rescue, are all being held responsible for this death. One stupid post will get FR on television again.


22 posted on 05/31/2009 7:33:13 PM PDT by steve8714 (Modern liturgy; touchy, feely, inane.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think this is a good article, and one that portrays BOR’s take on Tiller accurately.

Nothing in there to be ashamed of, but rather to be proud of.


23 posted on 05/31/2009 7:33:47 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries for the American farmer.)
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To: nickcarraway

Commie propaganda.


24 posted on 05/31/2009 7:34:16 PM PDT by roses of sharon (We must get a grip on what we can, and hold on. Hold on with energy, imagination, and ferocity)
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To: nickcarraway

Liberal hero Bill Ayres says that violence against an unjust government is okay.


25 posted on 05/31/2009 7:34:17 PM PDT by Tzimisce (http://groups.myspace.com/nailthemessiah)
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To: nickcarraway
But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose...

Yes there is. The person who bears the most responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage is named... Tiller.

26 posted on 05/31/2009 7:34:19 PM PDT by Chesterbelloc
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. ~Ronald Reagan, quoted in New York Times, 22 September 1980


27 posted on 05/31/2009 7:34:26 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: freeplancer

If BO had not gone to Notre Dame and celebrated his support for killing unborn babies, perhaps this murderer wouldn’t have chosen to take action.

Oh, you mean BO, Bill O’Reilly?

I mean the other BO.


28 posted on 05/31/2009 7:36:10 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: steve8714

Someone knew about the murderer three weeks ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UStyFKiUoDo

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29 posted on 05/31/2009 7:36:18 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t condone what happened, but I cannot weep for him.

Let’s be positive and celebrate the babies lives that were saved today.


30 posted on 05/31/2009 7:36:26 PM PDT by Wil H (The most destructive act of Muslim terrorism against the US was paying for 0bama's Harvard education)
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To: livius
I can’t stand Bill O’Reilly, but he was absolutely right on Tiller and I don’t see how anybody could say otherwise. O’Reilly didn’t kill him and didn’t urge anybody to kill him; Tiller was a murderer and an evil man, and it’s not surprising that his deeds came back on him in the end. Maybe Tiller repented at the last minute; that’s for God to know. But he lived an evil, bloody life and there’s no making it pretty or denying it.

Well stated, livius, and perfectly accurate observations.
Thanks for stating my opinion. :-)

31 posted on 05/31/2009 7:37:03 PM PDT by vox_freedom (If anyone wanted to know what would happen with a far, far left POTUS, it's here and now...)
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To: nickcarraway
But there's no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists.

Problem is that Tiller was exactly as described.

32 posted on 05/31/2009 7:37:48 PM PDT by Hacksaw (You Can't Take the Yinz out of the Burgh)
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To: nickcarraway

They need to stop talking so bad about drug dealers too. Somebody might shoot one of them.


33 posted on 05/31/2009 7:37:53 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: cgk

*ping*

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2261656/posts?page=200#200


34 posted on 05/31/2009 7:39:35 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: 2harddrive
Why would a LOSER like Tiller EVER go to CHURCH??

Heck, he could win an honorary degree at Notre Dame.

35 posted on 05/31/2009 7:39:58 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: nickcarraway

This is a disaster for our side. The left will make Tiller a martyr & have more ammo in their push to take our liberties away.

Remember the DHS memo about pro lifers being dangerous extremist? This jack*** just poured gasoline on that fire.


36 posted on 05/31/2009 7:40:02 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: GVnana
...Where was this outrage when four Oakland police officers were shot dead? ...

Hell, where's their outrage when millions of babies are murdered in their mother's womb?

The Left suffers from selective moral outrage, it seems.

37 posted on 05/31/2009 7:41:52 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Endeavor to persevere.)
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To: netmilsmom

You have posted this in several threads now. It sounds pretty intriguing. Did you just find this googling around with his name?


38 posted on 05/31/2009 7:42:48 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

I, too, knew this would be an opportunity to go after Fox News and blame them. I understand at the DU they are blaming FR.


39 posted on 05/31/2009 7:42:54 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: jazminerose
...This is a disaster for our side...

If one baby is spared as a result of this then it is not a disaster.

40 posted on 05/31/2009 7:43:19 PM PDT by FReepaholic (Endeavor to persevere.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Exactly, if anything it makes this author look like the evil one.


41 posted on 05/31/2009 7:43:52 PM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: jazminerose

This is no ‘disaster’ for our side. It was one lone nut. What does it have to do with the arguments for or against abortion?


42 posted on 05/31/2009 7:44:09 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: nickcarraway

Every time the left wing media wants to place blame like this, I can’t help but think back to the Rodney King tape airings and subsequent riots.


43 posted on 05/31/2009 7:46:20 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: nickcarraway

O’Reilly’s fault!!!!!!!!!


44 posted on 05/31/2009 7:47:09 PM PDT by redreno (Americans don't go Gault. Americans go Postal.)
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To: nickcarraway

The only person to blame for the murder of Tiller was the person who pulled the trigger.

Is there any doubt why odumbo jumped out in front of the story today? He framed the issue for his orgasmic worshippers in the media.

I am interested in how this plays out in terms of the left trying to take down BOR.


45 posted on 05/31/2009 7:48:00 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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That is a lovely sentiment. I am living in the world as it is, rather than as it should be. And BO’s brownshirts will be all over this. Has everyone forgotten who is in power now, at every level?

Can you not understand how they will use this incident? So what if the shooter was acting alone? Why would the facts be relevant to the MSM or the current administration, or congress or courts?

Wake up!

This is a genuine disaster.


46 posted on 05/31/2009 7:48:27 PM PDT by jazminerose
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O’Reilly sucks. I can’t stand the guy most of the time. But I have no problem with what he did on Tiller. If your name is Tiller and your a abortion doctor you should expect people to call you Tiller The Baby Killer. That is just what happened here. And it isn’t Bill’s fault Tiller did so many abortions and got people mad at him.

And lets just say O’Reilly never said one word about Tiller. Anti abortion people would still know who he was and where he operated out of. Don’t they protest outside of abortion clinics all the time? Also I knew who he was and abortion isn’t a big issue for me and I never heard O’Reilly say anything about him. That is just how well known he had become. I just don’t see how anyone could blame O’Reilly for his death since Tiller had become so infamous. And even if he wasn’t, like I said, strongly anti-abortion people would have known who and where he was.


47 posted on 05/31/2009 7:49:34 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedys float, Mary Jos don't)
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To: penelopesire

Actually, this is only the second thread I’ve come to with it. Another poster saw the comment on the video by this person warning that Tiller’s murderer is a con man.

I had seen it too. We are kind of brainstorming on another thread. It’s very odd to me that this poster was warning three weeks ago, then Scott Roeder kills Tiller today.

I’m hoping one of the FReepers is smarter than me and can figure it out.

And yes, it started with a Yahoo search.


48 posted on 05/31/2009 7:49:51 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: GVnana

Yeah, the orders to attack the entirety of the pro-Life movement filtered down through the hive right away.


49 posted on 05/31/2009 7:51:24 PM PDT by kenth
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To: nickcarraway

Wonder if they had this article in the barrel as soon as something like this happened to Tiller? Kind of like how the mainstream media has those stories in the can right before a famous person dies.


50 posted on 05/31/2009 7:51:59 PM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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