You just never know what will set Bill O’Reilly off. Last night, it was a perfectly reasonable remark by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, following the arrest of a Pakistani suspect in the Times Square car bomb plot, cautioned against turning Pakistanis or followers of Islam into scapegoats:
I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers. All of us live in this city. And among any group, there’s always a few bad apples.
O’Reilly angrily lashed out at Bloomberg:
Well, maybe somebody should remind the mayor that Muslim fanatics have been threatening New York City and the entire country for almost 20 years. That’s a lot of apples out there, sir.
If there is a way to read O’Reilly’s response to Bloomberg as anything but a call for “bias and backlash,” it eludes us.