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September 26, 2007

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rag

I read the transcript and, in the context of things, the comment was not racist. It might not have been the most appropriate or enlightened expression but it was not racist.

There is growing concern among Americans of all colors that there is a mass media impression of black Americans that parallels the caricatures derived from certain segments of pop culture. There are those in the black community who have been bold enough to raise the point that whites will be flamed -- and justifiably so -- for using the "n-word" yet many rappers do so without such attention or criticism. The media, even the mainstream media, has created misimpressions that needs to be corrected.

I spent three years living in a predominantly black community, an experience I consider privileged to have had. I know how inaccurate stereotypes can be and I wish the media would devote more effort to dispelling rather than perpetuating them.

Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Is the reported average age of O'Reilly's audience literal fact? Or hyperbole?

Paul

I recalled reading that somewhere in the last year. I will see if I can find it.
Update: see link in post.

Walter Ego

While in context O’Reilly’s remarks were probably not meant as racist they came out that way. The fact is Billo is just another privileged white guy who can’t get over the fact that black people can behave in public.

The source of the ‘average’ age of Billo’s viewers is from the NY Times article linked in this blog post. Whatever the actual demographic, it is without doubt that O’Reilly attracts a primarily older and whiter audience. Keith Olbermann has been attracting a ‘better’ and younger demo (from the advertisers point of view) on his show opposite O’Reilly.

Mark F.

I think Bill was actually trying to say something positive, but it comes out very bad because it is so obviously based on stereotypical assumptions. He makes it worse by being completely clueless about the problems with what he said.

Charlie

O'Reilly's remarks showed that he's kind of clueless, but I don't think he's a bigot. White lefties (like me) shouldn't sneer at him for this. When's the last time one of us ate in a restaurant in a black neighborhood?

Stephen Karlson

I believe the older word for Mr O'Reilly's tone is "patronizing." A caller to the Sykes show that I heard while in transit might have been attempting to make the same point, but for Mr Sykes jumping all over him.

Bob Keith

I used to give O'Reilly more credit than Limbaugh because O'Reilly accually bothered to finish college. However, one is just an educated boob and the other is just a boob. And, I am not what you can peg hole as a "lefty" out to rip right wingers. My humble analysis - they are both rich boobs.

Can any one out there name me a talking head hack from the big media that is not a millionaire? O'Reilly, Limbaugh, Couric, Cooper, Olbermann, King, Imus, Franken, Matthews, Rather, Lauer, Hannnity, Drudge, Beck, need I trudge on?

Be careful to note that half the nuts in my talking head boob list are right wing - and yet like I say, I am no "lefty."

Its not really right vs left - there is little difference now days - the leaders and talking head spokesmen of the two-party paradigm are all rich. Nor is it about white commentator talking heads making gaffes. No, it is more about millionaire boobs living above me the rabble and them talking down to me the rabble. We analyze these rich nitwits as if we are all on the same team with them - as if they might care what we ("the folks" as O'Reilly says - what a load of crap) have to say about them. These rich fools live above 99 percent of us. There is little any of them have to say that is now, or will ever be meaningful to a guy like me.

Bob Keith
cooldadiomedia.com

Rick Esenberg

Paul

He didn't say that they were acting white. He said that they were not acting as many stereotypes would have it - stereotypes that he went on to say are encouraged by hip-hop and that, consequently, many white people erroneously believe. Juan Williams agreed. Would it have been better had he pretended that there are no such stereotypes?

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