Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bill O'Reilly, Satirist?

Pundit Bill O'Reilly had this to say on his 11/8 radio show: "[I]f Al Qaeda comes in here [San Francisco] and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. ... You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead." And on his 11/14 O'Reilly Factor show, he labeled this comment "a satirical riff."

Satire only works with context, of course, so herewith: San Francisco just passed Proposition I, "College Not Combat," which encourages public schools and colleges to reject military recruiting efforts on their campuses. The measure exempted city campuses, which would risk the loss of federal funding if they implemented such a policy.

O'Reilly's take on this is, "Why should the USA protect San Francisco from terrorists if they in the city are trying to undermine the military?" Here at Check Please!, we're adopting the Fox News motto for the day: We report, you decide - Does the "blow up Coit Tower" bit qualify as satire?
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