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
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
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.
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
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