O’Reilly: Protests are a George Soros Plot

O’Reilly: Protests are a George Soros Plot December 8, 2014

Bill O’Reilly, snuggled safely in the confines of the privilege of being an incredibly rich white man, just doesn’t understand why black people and their allies are protesting our racist criminal justice system. And since he can’t understand it, it must all be a bunch of “professional agitators” funded by George Soros and those evil communist unions who are doing it.

“The demonstrations you are seeing are not — are not — spontaneous dissent from regular folks,” he argued. “Rather, they are well-planned disruptions from professional anti-establishment provocateurs. That’s important to understand, because it is the American system that is being attacked, not the individual sagas of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.”

O’Reilly said that his program “has learned” that demonstrations in both city had been organized by a group calling itself This Stops Today, and that the “radical far-left” Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and groups funded by “shadowy radical” George Soros were involved with the protests.

However, while “This Stops Today” became a popular hashtag following grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in connection with the deaths of Brown and Garner, there does not appear to be a particular group using that name online.

O’Reilly also named two other “grievance groups,” Communities United for Police Reform and “Hoodies for Justice,” a possible reference to Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, an organization formed in response to the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012.

The Factor host said earlier this week that he did not feel Garner “did not deserve what happened to him,” but called the idea that police are more likely to behave violently toward Black men “a blatant lie.”

Well if there’s anyone who would know about blatant lies, it’s Bill O’Reilly. Every single word he said could have been taken verbatim from the 1950s and 60s. They were said by opponents of civil rights then about the protests going on, it was all being ginned up by communist “agitators.”

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  • busterggi

    The commies in the USSR and ‘Red’ China supposedly supported the protesters in the ’50’s & ’60’s – the USSR no longer exists having broken down into a bunch of capitalistic countries while China has become a capitalist oligarchy with little pretence of communism any more.

    Without any actual communist states its amazing the right still beats that decomposed corpse of a horse.

  • caseloweraz

    Outside agitators: The same old malarkey Tom Paxton satirized back in the 1960s…

    “We didn’t know” said the congregation,

    Singing a hymn in a church of white.

    The Press was full of lies about us,

    Preacher told us we were right.

    Outside agitators came,

    They burned some churches and put the blame

    On decent southern people’s names

    To set our colored people aflame.

    And maybe some of our boys got hot,

    And a couple of niggers and reds got shot.

    They should have stayed where they belong;

    Preacher would’ve told us if we’d done wrong..”

    – from Tom Paxton’s We Didn’t Know

  • doublereed

    very single word he said could have been taken verbatim from the 1950s and 60s. They were said by opponents of civil rights then about the protests going on, it was all being ginned up by communist “agitators.”

    Clearly he’s just catering to his nostalgic audience who are all from that time period.

  • Michael Heath

    Bill O’Reilly states:

    . . . it is the American system that is being attacked . . .

    This is true only if Mr. O’Reilly’s framing the “American system” as one where the police and prosecutors provide inferior protections of the law relative to white people, with law enforcement generally suffering no threat of indictment for their abuse.

    Given Mr. O’Reilly’s total lack of integrity, I presume this is not what Mr. O’Reilly meant. Instead he’s lying, something I’ve observed O’Reilly doing on every single one of his shows I’ve watched; where the first of many lies is almost always near the start of his first segment.

  • Randomfactor

    I suspect O’Reilly’s real message is not that the demonstrations aren’t spontaneous but that the demonstrators aren’t “regular folks.” You know, there are coloreds out there in the streets. Lordy.

  • Someone from FoxNews complaining about “well-planned disruptions from professional anti-establishment provocateurs” and “grievance groups”?

    Thank goodness my irony meter is in the shop.

  • marcus

    It is possible, though unlikely, that there are agents-provocateur working amongst the protesters to encourage violent behavior. It would not be the first time*, but if there are they are from the “establishment” (law enforcement) side of things not those seeking social justice.

    *In the United States, the COINTELPRO program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation includes FBI agents posing as political activists to disrupt the activities of political groups in the U.S., such as the Black Panthers, Ku Klux Klan, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the American Indian Movement (and other alleged, notably Denver PD and NYPD.) Wikipedia

  • Kevin Kehres


    Bill: the 1950s called. The “red menace” is over.

  • U Frood

    he did not feel Garner “did not deserve what happened to him,”

    Is that a double negative failure or did he say he thought Garner deserved to die?

  • D. C. Sessions

    The “red menace” is over.

    Not as long as it’s useful.

  • Georgia Sam

    Yep. Bull Connor and George Wallace tried to warn y’all, burt would y’all listen? Nooooo! So now look what you got. Commie agitators still stirrin’ up trouble among our colored folk, who would be happy if the agitators would just leave ’em alone. Give them people a inch and they’ll take a mile.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Every single word he said could have been taken verbatim from the 1950s and 60s.

    Except that word “Soros”, since nobody then had recognized the budding evil of young György.

  • howardhershey

    H. Rap Brown said it: “[repressive] violence is as American as cherry pie.”

  • dan4

    @9: It was a double negative failure on the Raw Story’s writer’s part, not on O’Reilly’s (i.e. the sentence should have obviously read “he felt Garner…” and then the O’Reilly quote).

  • lpetrich

    So in George Soros the right-wingers have found an oligarch that they can hate.