- The Washington Times - Friday, September 1, 2017

Author Bill O’Reilly say Houston’s collective response to Hurricane Harvey is an impressive feat in a culture where 20 percent of the population “will commit evil when they can.”

Radio host Glenn Beck’s weekly interview with the former kingpin of cable news focused on rescue efforts in Houston after roughly 50 inches of rain pounded the city. Cultural issues were raised after the two men compared relief operations for Harvey to those for New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“Well, I think it was an organizational thing where the state and the city and the counties … they didn’t lose control of the process,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “They were on the scene visible. When you turned on your television set, you saw law enforcement, you saw a National Guard, you saw administrators. There wasn’t a sense as there was in New Orleans that it was totally out of control.”

“It was out of control with the rain, but other than that the rescue efforts were coordinated,” he continued. “It seemed that there wasn’t an opportunity for the bad guys — and there are just as many bad guys in Texas as there are in Louisiana. It’s unfortunate, but our society has 20 percent of people, I believe, who will commit evil when they can.”

Mr. Beck then challenged the figure.

“You believe it’s 20 percent? Why do you believe that?” he said.

“I do. It used to be lower,” Mr. O’Reilly replied. “It’s because of the devaluation of religion, the secularism that’s risen up where it’s, ‘Me first. What’s good for me.’ The internet certainly — you can be as evil as you want — and then other people find other people worse than you. All of these combinations have risen the potential for destruction, I think doubled it since the ‘Greatest Generation’ in the 50s.”

The author’s comments echo similar sentiments made during his days on Fox with “The O’Reilly Factor” and in his book “Old School: Life in the Sane Lane.”

At least 1 million people were reportedly displaced by Harvey as of Friday, along with 44 deaths.

“There still remain areas that are deadly dangerous,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters, Reuters reported Friday. “The Neches River continues to rise. It is about 7 feet above the record and it will continue to remain at or be near that high for about the next week. This flooding poses an ongoing threat.”

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