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View Diary: Jon Stewart's EPIC Punking of the O'Reilly/Fox Phony Outrage Machine (105 comments)

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  •  Your comment about racism is appropriate (1+ / 0-)
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    wu ming

    I believe it was O'Reilly who commented on his experience eating at a restaurant in Harlem that he was surprised that people there used knives and forks.

    •  O'Reilly is simply being consistent (3+ / 0-)
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      Nowhere Man, NancyK, antirove

      because his point back then about Sylvia's was intended as a back-handed compliment that failed.  The really ugly part of his - and Juan William's - discussion back then was to blame Rap Music as the source of the ills in the inner city.

      O'REILLY: You know, and I went to the concert by Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall, and the crowd was 50/50, black/white, and the blacks were well-dressed. And she came out -- Anita Baker came out on the stage and said, "Look, this is a show  for the family. We're not gonna have any profanity here. We're not gonna do any  rapping here." The band was excellent, but they were dressed in tuxedos, and this is what white America doesn't know, particularly people who don't have a lot of interaction with black Americans. They think that the culture is dominated by Twista, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg.

      WILLIAMS: Oh, and it's just so awful. It's just so awful because, I mean, it's literally the sewer come to the surface, and now people take it that the sewer is the whole story -

      Anita Baker is "OK" in his book because she's non-threatening, uncontroversial and admittedly talented - but ultimately boring. Common is actually exactly the kind of smart enlightened positive anti-violent influence that Billy laments is so missing from the Black Community and should have the ear of the youth - which Anita doesn't - but instead of recognizing that, praising and elevating it was the First Lady did by inviting him to the White House - O'Reilly profiles and smears him.

      It's actually pretty sad when you think about it.

      Vyan

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