Bill Orally on Harlem Restaurants
Goofy's at it again. Is the Giant Head a racist? Of course... He might not be a hater but he belongs to that typical soft-power Jim Crow variety of Whitey, the sort that inherently believes that blacks really have nothing but themselves to blame, because, well, innately they're, well... not white... You find this white superiority complex all over the West with regards to our attitudes to all non-whites, today most prominently with respect to Arabs. And Iraqis, Bill-O has indicated unequivocally, he doesn't like either. They lack that WASPish work ethos I guess. Bill, you're a buffoon. Only on Shox Noise...
During the September 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing his recent trip to have dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's, a famous restaurant in Harlem, Bill O'Reilly reported that he "had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful," adding: "I couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship." Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on culture, O'Reilly asserted: "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' You know, I mean, everybody was -- it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all." O'Reilly also stated: "I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They're getting away from the Sharptons and the [Rev. Jesse] Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They're just trying to figure it out. 'Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it."
Following a commenter's suggestion, I've looked into Bill-O's side of the story and that more or less checks out. Perhaps those words were pulled out of context. But they remain rather puzzling things to say. And Bill hasn't helped himself a lot by promptly going on the counter-attack, instead of perhaps seeking clarification first.
Media-smearing comes from all sides of the political spectrum, it's neither the prerogative of the left or the right.
On this one, I'm inclined to give O'Reilly the benefit of the doubt, perhaps against better judgment (in view of what I've heard from him before), but he said what he said and it sounded very odd, in context or outside of it...
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