Friday, November 16, 2012
Bill O'Reilly vs. Jon Stewart on Mitt Romney and Obama's 'Gifts'
With virtually every prominent Republican distancing themselves as far away as possible from Mitt Romney's comments about President Obama's "gifts," Bill O'Reilly is essentially taking credit for them. As he pointed out on last night's O'Reilly Factor, the Fox News host started talking about all those people who want "stuff" on Election Night and continued decrying the end of "traditional America" over the following days and weeks. While O'Reilly's commentary gave conservatives a scapegoat besides Romney to blame for President Obama's re-election, it was widely viewed as thinly-veiled racism that irrationally let Romney off the hook. By large margins, voters embraced President Obama's policies and rejected Romney's. Rather than accept this fact and move forward, O'Reilly and Romney are both choosing to blame the voters and question their motivations. Jon Stewart saw the connection between the Obama's "gifts" theory and O'Reilly's "traditional America" before O'Reilly made it explicit on his show last night. In the segment below, Stewart characterizes both Romney and O'Reilly as falling into the trap that has often consumed the "frightened ruling class" in this country. By demonizing the fastest growing segments of the population, they are swiftly making themselves extinct.