Bill O’Reilly — Right or Wrong?

By Peter Wehner

Bill O’Reilly appeared on The View yesterday, and the conversation turned to the effort to build a mosque near Ground Zero. In the course of the discussion, O’Reilly, who opposes building the mosque at this location, pointed out that 70 percent of the public (68 percent according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll) sides with him on this matter. When pressed as to why that’s the case, O’Reilly said, “Because Muslims killed us on 9/11!” This turned an acrimonious debate into an explosive one, with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walking off the set.

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  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    HEY BERNIE, MR WHITEHOUSE TALKING POINTS, JUAN WILLIAMS GOT

    CANNED BY NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, FOR INSENSITIVE 2 COMMENTS

    REGARDING PEOPLE IN BURKAS, FOXNEWS SHOULD TAKE A HINT !

    • CCNV

      Even though I don’t always agree with Juan Williams, he presents FACTS…not emotion. I enjoy watching him on Fox News. I hope Fox News grabs Juan Williams immediately! What a refreshing addition he’d be to the channel!

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    MR. GOLDBERG, I THINK YOU AND OREILLY SHOULD SWITCH PLACES.

    YOU COULD GET SOME DIFFERENT PANALISTS OR GUESTS.

    YOU COULD GET THE JOB DONE !

  • JDO

    Mr. Wehner, you say that “The condemnations by more moderate Muslims against its militant strand could certainly be more muscular.” Yes, that’s true, but what isn’t “more muscular” than barely existing? The condemnation of extreme Muslims by more moderate Muslims has so far had as much musculature as Olive Oyl.

    Mr. Farsh (above … or below me) is the exception, rather than the rule. When Muslim men (and women) such as Mr. Farsh finally raise their voices to the sky and shout down the radicalism of their extreme “brethren,” then perhaps more of us will be more willing to make the distinctions that we should be doing, would love to be doing, already.

    Incidentally, using the example of Catholic priest, and their scandals, is a reach. Yes, their leaders haven’t been as forthright and condeming as they should’ve over the years, but the average “Joe Catholic” hasn’t exactly been silent on their condemnation of this whole mess. You should probably look for another analogy.

    • Ray

      “We shouldn’t kid ourselves; there is a not-insignificant strand of people in the Muslim world who align themselves with the ideology of al-Qaeda – and an even larger number who more or less accept its narrative of history. The condemnations by more moderate Muslims against its militant strand could certainly be more muscular. At the same time, the militant Islamists who attacked us on 9/11 don’t represent the vast majority of Muslims in the world – and certainly not the views of most Muslim Americans.”

      Are you really sure about that last part, “vast majority of Muslims in the world -”…I have vivid memories of televised images from Muslim populations cheering and celebrating in their streets after the 9/11 attacks! I have yet to hear any meaningful outreaching of the American Muslim community or it’s leaders to condemn those behind that terrible attack on our shores! The so called Islamic Center proposed near ground zero in NYC continues to be a reminder of those scum bags that killed so many people near there, and should not be constructed (remodeled)!

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    WHEN YOU EXPOSE YOURSELF TO KOOKS, EXPECT THE KOOK TREATMENT. HE GOT IT !

  • CCNV

    If two of the “hosts” stomp off the set in a hissy fit, I think they should change the name of the show from “The View” to “Our View”. What good is a show supposedly tolerant of different views/opinions, if one cannot state their view/opinion? Hopefully, on November 3rd, these two idiots, and millions like them, will be found in the corner in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs and whimpering.

  • http://Yahoo Jake Farsh

    Mr. Goldberg: As a conservative, America loving, pro Israel old Moslem man I want to thank you for suggesting to Mr. O’Riley to be more accurate in his speech and not paint all Moslems with the same brush. Mr. O’Riley, whom I watch everyday, asked one of guest who is a Moslem MD if he was offended by his comment on the view and the Doctor said “No”, I would say the same. I am not offended but it hurts to be lumped with the barbarians by someone that I respect. I should say that as a young man I was a communist, then I became a left wing liberal, a Democrat and finally Saw the light with Reagan! God bless you for being wise.