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Bill O’Reilly and the Facts

by Tony Medley

Bill O'Reilly today stated, "When I tell you something, you can be sure it's fact-based."

 Here are a couple of Bill O'Reilly quotes:

 Bill O'Reilly, "The Immaculate Conception is the virgin birth."

 Fact: The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary being conceived without the stain of Original Sin. It has nothing to do with the virgin birth. O'Reilly said this when his guest was Judge Napolitano, both claiming "years" of Catholic education. When I pointed this out to O'Reilly in a pithy email, he ignored it and refused to correct it.

 Bill O'Reilly: "Our system of justice is based on the punishment fitting the crime."

 Fact: There is nothing in American jurisprudence that states that "the punishment must fit the crime." It's not in the Constitution. I'm not aware of it being in any statute of decision of the Supreme Court. It comes from Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta, "The Mikado," where the Mikado sings 

A more humane Mikado never
Did in Japan exist,
To nobody second,
I'm certainly reckoned
A true philanthropist.
It is my very humane endeavour
To make, to some extent,
Each evil liver
A running river
Of harmless merriment.


My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time —
To let the punishment fit the crime —
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
Unwillingly represent
A source of innocent merriment!
Of innocent merriment!

I pointed this out to O'Reilly in another pithy email, but he continued to make the same statement, time and again.

Anybody can make a mistake. What's reprehensible is that he claims that all emails to him are read, either by him or his staff, so he knew of both errors, both of which were egregious, yet failed to correct them.

So much for “facts.”

February 23, 2010