Beyond dogwhistles: Bill O’Reilly

Bill O’Reilly’s latest fails to be a dogwhistle, it seems to me, because the racism is so blatant and undeniable: 

And I don’t want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there’s evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that’s how she really feels — that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that’s legit. We’ll track it down.

And check out his fabulous attempt at an apology:

While talking to a radio caller, I said there should be no lynching in the case — that comment off Clarence Thomas saying he was the victim of a high-tech lynching. He said that on 60 Minutes, you may remember. I’m sorry if my statement offended anybody. That, of course, was not the intention. Context is everything.

2 thoughts on “Beyond dogwhistles: Bill O’Reilly

  1. Does he have a logician on his staff? His first statement is roughly “If no evidence, then no recommending lynching.” And he seems to be right that that literally does not recommend lynching, or even say that if there is evidence, she should be lynched.

    But he does still manage to suggest that given the evidence is there, she should be lynched. A loathsome recommendation of violent racism.

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