Bill Oâ€™Reilly Apologizes for Michelle Obama "Lynching" Comment, Hell Reports Frost
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I have to admit, I never thought I'd see the day that Bill O'Reilly apologized for something. But after his comment about not wanting to take part in a Michelle Obama "lynching party" UNLESS she really deserved it, BOR probably looked around and realized he had taken a turn into Imus Country and better hang a U-turn ASAP. So BOR, for the first time in memory, acted responsibly and promptly (sort of) apologized. On the Feb. 21 O'Reilly Factor:
As you may know, I believe Mrs. Obama was only referring to politics when she said that for the first time in her adult life, she is proud of her country. Now, if you look at both of the speeches that she made -- and I have -- the context is purely political. So I defended Mrs. Obama on both radio and TV.
While talking to a radio caller, I said there should be no lynching in the case -- that comment off Clarence Thomas saying he was the victim of a high-tech lynching. He said that on 60 Minutes, you may remember. I'm sorry if my statement offended anybody. That, of course, was not the intention. Context is everything.
As is often the case with politicians and the media, this isn't a real apology -- saying "I'm sorry if my statement offended anybody" is as much of an apology as saying "I'm sorry you feel that way" -- but this is by far the closest BOR has actually come to one.
Here's the thing. Very few people consider themselves to be racist, and even fewer would overtly display their racism even if they identified themselves as being a racist. But speaking from experience, I can say that most of the times I've experienced racism, it was from people who didn't think what they were saying was racist. And in many cases, it was from people who thought they were being nice.