The right-wing media has invented out of thin air this ridiculous notion that there’s been a big surge of police officers being shot and it’s all the fault of the Black Lives Matter movement. Never mind that 2015 will end as one of the safest years ever for police officers in this country. Here’s Bill O’Reilly and his guests saying BLM is inciting violence and responsible for cop shootings:
BILL O’REILLY (HOST): But the horrendous situation in Chicago and Los Angeles, here in New York in some areas, generated by blacks. Yet, you never hear — Most programs won’t do this segment.
LIS WIEHL: It is a complete double standard.
O’REILLY: It is a complete double standard.
WIEHL: If you have got a white officer who’s done something wrong and black person is hurt, exactly. They should get —
O’REILLY: They should get it, right.
WIEHL: But here when you have blacks that are killing this poor white woman. There is no Black Lives Matter coming after them.
O’REILLY: This has been going on for decades. And nobody is trying to solve the problem.
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE: Right, but they’re a hate group against police officers.
O’REILLY: Where is Black Lives Matter on this? Did they release a press statement on this?GUILFOYLE: No, they don’t because this doesn’t match their singular focus. There’s hypocrisy there, and they essentially are espousing hate against police officers.
WIEHL: That’s exactly right. I almost think they are inciting violence to the point of hate crime. When they’re coming out and saying pigs in a blanket and all of that. They are trying to incite that violence. That to me escalates, that’s a hate crime.
O’REILLY: Well I think that the bottom line on Black Lives Matter is if Black Lives Matter, how come this group isn’t on the south side of Chicago when every weekend you’ve got a couple of dozen black lives lost.
WIEHL: Right. They matter.
O’REILLY: And you know who’s killing them? Other blacks. But we don’t hear a word of that.
O’Reilly has, on other shows, compared them to the KKK and called them a hate group. Three days after this show, a man walked in to a Planned Parenthood and opened fire, killing four people and wounding about a dozen more. Now go tell O’Reilly that anti-abortion extremists who have put out dishonest videos designed to make Planned Parenthood look like they’re selling body parts bear any responsibility for inciting that violence. He’ll call you an un-American pinhead and scoff at the audacity of such a suggestion. So if you’re keeping score:
Black Lives Matters is totally responsible for the completely non-existent “surge” in police shootings.
Anti-abortion zealots are totally not responsible for putting out lying videos to demonize Planned Parenthood, videos that have prompted at least four violent attacks on PP clinics in the last few weeks.