Mr. O plays Rachel’s card: Last evening, Rachel Maddow helped us see that the other tribe seem to be racists (click here).
One hour earlier, Bill O’Reilly had played a similar card. Throughout his program, he teased a segment about all the anti-Semites in the Occupy Wall Street movement. "Those people" must be very bad:
O’REILLY (10/17/11): The O’Reilly Factor is on! Tonight...Anti-Semitism on display at some of the Occupy Wall Street protests. Bernie Goldberg on that.Mr. O teased the shit out of the topic! But once Bernie finally arrived on the set, the indictment wasn’t really that bad. Mr. O had tape of one woman making a comment! Here’s how the segment began:
O’REILLY: Later, Bernie Goldberg says there is an anti-Semitic component to the protests. Bernie will lay it out for us.
O’REILLY: Plenty more ahead as The Factor moves along this evening. There is an anti-Semitic element, as we said, among the Occupy Wall Street crowd. And Bernie Goldberg is not happy about it.
O’REILLY: When we come right back: Bernie Goldberg on anti-Semitism within the Occupy Wall Street movement.
O'REILLY: In the Weekdays with Bernie segment tonight: Two hot topics, beginning with anti-Semitism in the Occupy Wall Street movement.O’Reilly had tape of only one anti-Semite! But as he and Bernie started to chat, an unfortunate theme did emerge:
Recently, a protester in Los Angeles said this.
MCALLISTER (videotape): Patricia McAllister. I'm here representing myself, but I do work for the Los Angeles Unified School District. I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government, they need to be run out of this country.
O'REILLY: With us now, the purveyor of BernardGoldberg.com, Mr. Goldberg.
O’REILLY (continuing directly): So as I said to Marc Lamont Hill, I mean, all organizations have these fringe people. Do you think this is a theme?Uh-oh! The boys hap tape of signs in the crowds! And we remember the use our side made of those tea party signs!
GOLDBERG: I don't know how widespread this is. I'm not suggesting that it is. But I do know this: that there are others who echo her views. There were signs out on Occupy Los Angeles that were clearly anti-Semitic. So she—while I don't know how widespread it is, she's certainly not the only one, as you can see from these signs.
Bill and Bernie sure did remember. It’s hard to dispute what they said:
GOLDBERG (continuing directly): But this I do know for sure. You could have had ten million people at a Tea Party. If there was one racist sign, it was going to get on the air.We liberals had a good old time with all the racist tea party signs. Now, the other side will be going to town with these anti-Semitic placards!
GOLDBERG: It was going to get on the air.
Mr. O was really quite fair last night—when he discussed this situation. First with Marc Lamont Hill, then with Bernie, he stressed that there are a couple of nuts in every large group. But all through the evening, he teased the shit out of this topic, playing the anti-Semitic card—the same general type of card Maddow would play a bit later.
Rachel implied that those people are racists. Bill implied an equal but opposite line. According to Bill’s many teases, those people are anti-Semitic.
In such ways, the two warring tribes are trained to hate each other. That 99 percent disappears real fast as these cards keep getting dealt. Just like that, we’re back to a 50/50 nation. In that world, the one percent wins.
Your assignment, if you should choose to accept it: Explain that Rachel’s approach was moral and good, Bill’s was verrrry bad.