Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly had a verbal explosion with Salon.com’s Joan Walsh on tonight’s O’Reilly Factor. The debate centered around the ridiculous accusation that Mr. O’Reilly and conservatives have been too critical of the recently murdered abortionist, Dr. George Tiller. Ms. Walsh had said the following of Mr. O’Reilly on June 10th’s MSNBC’s Hardball:
“And I will say, you know, I do hope that some conservatives stand up. I don‘t blame them. I don‘t blame mainstream Republicans, by any means, for this. I want to be clear. But they could help in ratcheting down some of the rhetoric. When Bill O‘Reilly goes on TV every night and calls Dr. Tiller a baby killer and a Nazi and a Mengele, and shows where he works, why do we put up with that? Why is that entertainment in our culture? It‘s demonizing a private citizen for doing a lawful job? Why are people doing that? Why is that acceptable? I would like to see a debate about that.”
Tonight, the debate between both of them became incredibly intense. A partial transcript of the debate is available here. The anger between both Mr. O’Reilly and Ms. Walsh is a clear microcosm of how intense and accusatory the abortion issue has become. Ms. Walsh is still talking about her segment with Mr. O’Reilly on her twitter page. The entire segment of the O’Reilly v. Walsh shouting match is here.