Bill O’Reilly and the Murder of His ‘Nazi’ ‘Baby Killer’

Writing at Salon (5/31/09, ad-viewing required) on the murder of “Kansas doctor George Tiller, who was killed Sunday while attending church services with his wife,” Gabriel Winant wants us to know that

there’s no other person who bears as much responsibility for the characterization of Tiller as a savage on the loose, killing babies willy-nilly thanks to the collusion of would-be sophisticated cultural elites, a bought-and-paid-for governor and scofflaw secular journalists. Tiller’s name first appeared on the Factor on February 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly and his guest hosts have brought up the doctor on 28 more episodes, including as recently as April 27 of this year. Almost invariably, Tiller is described as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”

Winant provides some choice quotes amply demonstrating how the Fox star has never been one to let any politically correct fear of hypocrisy stand in the way his righteous bombast: “He’s guilty of ‘Nazi stuff,’ said O’Reilly on June 8, 2005” and “‘This is the kind of stuff happened in Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union,’ said O’Reilly on November 9, 2006.”

For another example of corporate media promotion of attacks on abortion providers, see Extra! Update: Koppel’s ‘Tough Question’: Should Doctors Be Killed (2/94).