- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Scott Kenyon, in his letter Sunday, “If talk is cheap, listening can be costly,” does not seem to comprehend the difference in degree between Bill O’Reilly’s comments and those of his attackers. This difference needs to be articulated.

Mr. O’Reilly has stated, in general terms, that he thinks rap music has a pernicious influence on those who listen to it. At no point that I know of has he ever tried to link a specific crime to a specific rapper or music producer.

The same cannot be said of his attackers. Very shortly after Dr. George Tiller’s murder, certain commentators, with seemingly no evidence, were blaming the environment at Fox News and Mr. O’Reilly’s comments for inciting the abortion provider’s death. If those commentators were saying that they think harsh criticisms on talk radio and television have a pernicious influence on listeners, that would be quite a different thing. Then Mr. O’Reilly and his attackers both would be just stating their beliefs. No evidence is needed for that.



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